It’s a shame that it took me almost 26 years to visit one of the most popular national parks of India, Kaziranga National Park. We planned several times to visit, but things didn’t turn out in our favor. This time, when we visited home (I am an Assamese girl, settled in the heart of the nation), dad gave an option to drive to the other part of the state and soak in the greenery of Kaziranga national Park. Mr. Husband (a vivid animal lover) greedily accepted the offer, and the next day, Mom, Me and Mr. Husband started our most exciting journey.
Wiki says that “it is located in Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Kaziranga boasts the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer.”
Kaziranga National Park is split into 4 zones: the central or Kaziranga Range; the western or Bagori Range; the eastern or Agaratoli Range; and the Burapahar Range. We chose the Bagori range.
We reached the destination in the evening (thanks to Google Maps). We stepped into a roadside motel, the name of which I cannot recall anymore. It was in early 2013. The motel was extremely homely, except for their poor service. If I have to talk of an instance, we had to wait for like 2 hours for a cup of tea because they were out of cooking gas. It is highly recommended to check online for some good hotels in the nearby area (there are lot many, just that we reached the place when it started growing dark and we did not want to risk it).
Our safari started early morning. Elephant safari starts at around 5.30 am and jeep safari starts at around 7.00 am. They both last for an hour. We took the jeep safari.
It was a cold morning and I wore a tee and denims, added by an overcoat to stay warm. I also took a scarf to cover my hair. As far as the camera is concerned, we used a Canon PowerShot SX510 12.1MP Point and Shoot Camera with 30x Optical Zoom. It was perfect for the moment as I could easily capture the animals standing far away from us.
We were lucky to spot several animals including One-horned Rhinos, Wild Asian Water Buffalos, Indian Elephants, Swamp Deer, Langur, Mongoose and the Assam Macaques. The trilling moment was when we spot the footprint of the Bengal tiger. It was a feeling that I had never felt before. I thought I would not be frightened even if I would face a tiger, but just seeing the massive footprint gave me the chills I have never expected before.
We stopped for a tiny break in the middle of the safari and clicked some pictures with a very friendly Crane, and by the poses of the magnificent bird, it felt like it had fun getting clicked as well. Also, we met an uncle and his family during the break. That is the advantage of being a small town girl, you know everyone and everyone knows you.
Back to the topic, it was the perfect spot to soak in the beauty and grandeur of nature. Nature absorbs you into itself and you are at utmost peace. Maybe that is why I end up going back to nature from time to time, and people term it “travel”. I didn’t mind eating the wild berries straight from the trees. I am a super big fan of fruits in general.
During the safari, we also spotted a rhino that was staring at us from far away and it tried to play hide and seek with us. I loved it, but I also felt like I was scaring the animal. Rhino poaching is posing a serious threat to the very existence of the rhinos in the area. This is really upsetting. I just pray that people do not take the short-cuts to getting rich. Riches coming at the cost of lives can never make you happy. Please think about these beautiful animals. It is their land too as much as it is ours. It is also necessary to not pollute the natural habitat. These animals balance and preserve our world. We need to ensure that we keep their world beautiful and green. If there is no them, there can be no us.
Below are some pictures we clicked during the safari. Hope you like them all.
“Welcome to the jungle”
The happy family
The king of the world
Catch me if you can
Am I not adorable???
I am Stronger than you can imagine
Can you email me one of my portraits?
Food for thought
My reflection is way too beautiful
My footprints are enough for my introduction
Mr Husband and the Crane
The refreshing “break” in the jungle
The lustrous tea-estates on the way home
Kaziranga impressed me. I now live with the beautiful memories of the beautiful scenic views 🙂 I will visit it again and this time, I will definitely go for the elephant safari. Keep travelling you all.