Kaziranga National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park, with the highest density of tigers in the world is spread over a 430-square-kilometer area. A vast expanse of tall elephant-grass, marshland and dense tropical broad-leaf forests on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot, this park is crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the mighty Brahmaputra. With flat open lands of fertile alluvial soil, the landscape consists of sandbars, flood-formed lakes, elevated regions, and artificial shelter-spots built by the Indian Army. However, flooding during rainy season causes most animals to migrate to elevated forested regions outside the southern limits of the park. A declared tiger-reserve since 2006, nine of the fourteen primate species found in India occur in the Kaziranga National Park.

Home to over 35 mammal species and a wide variety of water-birds, game-birds, predators, scavengers and migratory-birds, Kaziranga has been identified as an important birding area by Birdlife International. Large rock-python, reticulated-python, king-cobras and other venomous snakes inhabit these regions alongside other reptiles including 15 species of turtles and 42 varieties of fishes. Jorhat, at a distance of 97-kilometers, and Guwahati at 239-kilometers, are the closest airports for visiting Kaziranga which can further be accessed through the roadways. Plenty of comfortable and convenient accommodation options are available tor tourists, including several State Tourism Department and Private Lodges, in and around the Kaziranga to make your stay a memorable experience. However, November to April is the best time to be here, as the rainy seasons are usually flooding and rearranging the landscape.

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