Kaziranga National Park is located in northeast India in Assam and is famous for being the last stronghold of the one-horned Indian rhinoceros. It is also home to large herds of elephant and wild buffalo.
The park also shelters other threatened species such as tiger and sloth bear, and other animals such as leopard, swamp deer, hog deer, barking deer, sambar, pygmy hog, jungle cat, otter, hog badger, chital, gibbons, capped langur, rock python, monitor lizard and wild boar. Most major species can be seen during a day or two’s safari.
Kaziranga’s has a large number of resident bird species, which numbers are boosted considerably by visiting winter migrants. Regularly spotted species include: Oriental honey buzzard, black-shouldered kite, black kite, brahminy kite, Pallas’s fishing eagle, white-tailed eagle, grey-headed fishing eagle and Himalayan griffon. Migratory species include: greylag geese, bar-headed geese, ruddy shelduck, gadwall, falcated duck, red-crested pochard and northern shoveller. Kaziranga is reached by road from Guwahati airport, 200 kilometres away, or roughly six hours drive. The park is closed between May and November.
Central India & Assam
This trip offers opportunities to see and photograph a broad span of India’s fabulous wildlife, including one-horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild dog and tiger. Accompanied by expert wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, you will visit some of India’s quieter reserves for a rewarding and memorable experience.
- When to go: Mar
- Duration inc. flights: 20 days
- Price inc. flights: From £5,095 pp
- Trip type: Group tour
India’s Big Five
This wide-ranging trip provides a chance to see all five of India’s big mammal species: Asiatic lion, leopard, tiger, elephant and one-horned rhino. It visits three contrasting national parks: Sasan Gir in vibrant Gujarat, Kanha in Madhya Pradesh, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kaziranga in alluring Assam.
- When to go: Oct to Apr
- Duration inc. flights: 15 days
- Price inc. flights: From £4,595 pp
- Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Diphlu River Lodge
One of the newest properties in Kaziranga National Park, Diphlu River Lodge comprises 12 raised cottages, traditionally built from bamboo, wood and thatch to blend in with the forest surroundings. There is a charming social area with two verandahs, where you can relax or enjoy some birdwatching.
Wild Grass Resort
This simple jungle lodge is situated beside a stream in paddy fields and forest outside Kaziranga National Park, the last stronghold of the one-horned Indian rhinoceros. It has 18 en suite rooms, and activities include wildlife safaris in the national park with a local naturalist guide, and nature walks.