After the turmoil of Arunachal’s mountains, it was back to the wilds – this time at the Kaziranga National Park, one of the best wildlife reserves in the country.
The experience at Kaziranga turned out to be great for two reasons: I stayed at Wild Grass Lodge – why can’t all properties in national parks be like these? (Will post a review of this later). I also managed to secure the services of their best guide, Budheswar Konwar, to take me around.
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As expected, I saw a lot of rhinos. The highlight was a family of three – father, mother and their baby (almost as big as the mother though). Pity I missed capturing them all together in one frame. And I saw another mother with a baby – this time the latter was much smaller in size. And then there was the curious case of a mother rhino trying to free herself from her son – it was time for the latter to be on his own. The mother wanted to go ahead and mate and needed the privacy, but the son still wanted to hang around with his mother. Mama’s boy – must be Italian!
I also saw Otters – even though from a distance through binoculars – for the first time in my life. And a Wild Water Buffalo floating in a lake to get from one bank to the other. And birds, lots of them, including not so common ones. These included an Indian Roller, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Jungle Fowl, Purple Swamphens, Lesser Adjutants, Parakeets and more.
If you like national parks, you have to go to Kaziranga sooner than later.
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