Forest Trails at Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga holds an all-important place in the world wildlife atlas as the single significant gene pool of the greater one-horned Rhinoceros. It is perhaps the only park where the presence of the tiger is overshadowed by the other big animals-rhino, elephants and wild buffaloes.
Spread across 688 sq. km. and flanked by the river Diphlu River on one side and Nh 37 on the other, this national park was established in 1908 to protect the endangered one horned Rhinoceros. Other animals that can be seen here are the tiger, buffalo, swamp deer, hog deer, wild boar, Hoolock gibbon, capped langur and ratel (badger).
Rock python, monitor lizard, crested serpent eagle, fishing eagle, grey headed fishing eagle are frequently seen here. Mihimukhi is the entry point to the park and elephants can be hired from here to enter the sanctuary. The nearest railhead is Jakhalabandha which is at a distance of 43 km from Kaziranga.
There are over 1,500 one-horned rhinos now in Kaziranga-a major leap from the handful that was there in 1908. Extreme steps were taken to curb extensive poaching and hunting that was taking place here. Henceforth, there was to be no more hunting, nor any human habitation or cultivation within its confines.
The Kaziranga National Park is known for its diversity. It is home to some of the rare and endangered species. So, if you are a wildlife enthusiast, come to Kaziranga. But remember to leave fear behind, especially when you watch the one-horned rhino, the only surviving pre-historic animal. So get ready for a thrilling experience.
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