Is Kaziranga the best national park in India? Most wildlife enthusiasts would answer with a resounding yes. The reserve is no less than a carnival of animals and birds living amidst forests, tall grasses, reeds, marshes and shallow pools. Come, enjoy the jungle safari in pictures before you head out for the real thing.
Kaziranga was a huge swamp at one time with a sizeable population of animals, and a favourite hunting ground of local tribes and hunters. In 1908, Lord Curzon’s proposal to declare the area a reserve forest was accepted and hunting banned to protect the dwindling animal numbers. Kaziranga was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1950, and its status upgraded to that of a national park in 1974. It was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
And while you are there, don’t miss out on a visit to the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary near Jorhat in Assam. Home to the Hoolock Gibbons, you will not find these apes anywhere else in the country.
Some animals in Kaziranga
One-Horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Wild Buffalo, Elephant, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cats, Otters, Wild Boar, Pythons, Monitor Lizards.
Some birds in Kaziranga
Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Himalayan Griffon. Huge numbers of migratory birds descend on the park’s lakes and marshy areas during winters including Greylag Goose, Bar-Headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Red-crested Pochard and Northern Shoveller.
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