Location : 23 Kms from Bokakhat and 217 kms from Guwahati (Assam)
Area : 430 sq. kms
Prime Attractions : One-horned rhino, tiger, leopard, deer, elephant, wild buffalo, egret, herons, stork and fish-eating eagle.
How to Reach: Nearest major airport is Guwahati (217 kms) and other airport is located at Jorhat (97 kms). Nearest railhead is Furkating (75 kms), the park is situated on the NH-37, ASTC and private buses are available from Guwahati and Tezpur. Taxis and cars are available from the nearest town of Bokakhat (23 kms).
Where to Stay: The park has a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from luxury resorts to rest houses and tourist lodges to dormitories. Most of the lodges and resorts are maintained by the ITDC or the Forest Department. In addition to these, there are some private accommodations available as well.
Ideal Time To Visit: The ideal time to visit the park is from mid November to early April.
Kanha National Park - Ride the Wild Side
Situated in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is the largest Wildlife Sanctuary in Asia. Kanha is original Kipling country, about which he wrote in his unforgettable classic Jungle Book. Due to depletion of the tiger population, the area was developed as an absolute sanctuary in 1952. Kanha National Park was created as in 1995 by a special law, since then the park has preserved a variety of animal species. One of the first Project Tiger reserves in India, the tiger population have doubled since the implementation of Project Tiger reserve in 1974. Being one of the finest administered National Parks in Asia, the park has saved many endangered species. The topography of this region include the famous horseshoe shape valley. The entire park is surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal. The Supran River flow through the plains and grasslands of the park. The rocky outcrops along the edges provide the spectacular views of tranquil valley.
Prime Attractions of the Park
Situated against the beautiful backdrop of the forest-covered Karbi Anglong Hills, Kaziranga occupies the vast valley floor. The terrain of the park consists of a vast stretch of coarse, sheer forest, tall elephant grass, marshland and dense tropical forests.
Kaziranga is renowned for its rhino population, which is more than a thousand now. Besides the great Indian one horned Rhino, other major wild attractions include tiger, leopard, Indian elephant, Indian bison, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Hog Deer, Sloth Bear, cat, Jungle cats, otter, capped langurs, hog badgers, wild boar, jackal, Hoolock gibbons, wild buffalo, pythons, monitor lizards etc.
Kaziranga National Park is a birdwatcher's paradise too, including both resident and migratory birds. Most popular bird species found in the park are Oriental honey buzzard, black-shouldered kite, black kite, Brahminy kite, Pallas's fishing eagle, white-tailed eagle, grey-headed fishing eagle, himalayan griffon etc. The migratory birds visiting the park during winters include Greylag geese, bar-headed geese, ruddy shelduck, gadwall, falcated duck, red-crested Pochard and Northern shoveller.
Elephant Safari provides a close view of the wildlife. Riding on an elephant's back is a pleasant experience, which makes the animal watching more thrilling.
Tourists can also pay a visit to the nearby tea gardens, or the coffee and rubber plantations of the Karbi Anglong. Karbi villages are a nice place to meet the local people and observe their unique lifestyle.
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