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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The True Wild at Kaziranga

It is that time of the year when the airlines have started dropping their prices, employees in various organizations are working hard to meet their financial year end needs, students are preparing hard for their upcoming examinations and the temperatures in India have started rising. All these factors make it an ideal time to pack your bags and go on a wildlife holiday.

Rhino (Front and Back)
Well, if you are wondering how it benefits you, think on these lines. You can book your tickets within short notice as demand is lesser and costs are low. Accommodation would be easy to get and again discounts will be available. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you will appreciate the fact that there are less tourists and thus you have the special wildlife moments completely to yourself. And finally, the increasing ground temperatures ensure that your wildlife sightings are better owing to bleaker and dry foliage and reduction in water body size.

Wild Buffalo stares at us while attempting to cross the jeep track
Keeping the above in mind, I personally think Kaziranga National Park in Assam would make for a fantastic wildlife holiday destination. To start with, it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It hosts the special one-horned rhinoceros, large herds of elephants, the massive wild water buffalo, the tiger and the leopard, the barasingha (swamp deer) and a rich variety of birds that includes a lot of raptors.

Kaziranga Wild Elephant Series
And in addition to the above, Kaziranga is located in North East India, giving you a different cultural experience. If you wish to do more wildlife, you can visit the Nameri National Park or the Hoolongopar Gibbon sanctuary close by. If nature appeals to you, you can plan a trip to Majuli island on the mighty Brahmaputra. If you feel you need to relax, you can look at the tea estates of Jorhat. And if you like history, you can look at Sibsagar.

The Rhino checks out the intruders
And all this is only if you want to take a break from wildlife. If you are the kind who doesn’t get bored with national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, wildlife and birds, then Kaziranga can easily host you for a week if not more. You can stay at a wildlife enthusiast place like the Wild Grass Resort to ensure you get great knowledgeable wildlife guides and liked minded people for company.

The proud antlers of this Male Swamp Deer (Barasingha)
If you want to make use of this opportune time, plan your true wild Kaziranga experience by booking your airline tickets quickly. A host of flight operators like Jet Airways, Air India Express and others connect Guwahati with the rest of India. Kaziranga is about 250 kilometers from Guwahati and one can take the regular buses or hire a private taxi to make this short journey.



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