Kaziranga National Reserve

Kaziranga National Park, the home to two-thirds of world’s Great one-horned Rhinoceros is in the state of Assam, India. It has been given the status of World Heritage site. Besides rhinos the reserve also boasts of huge population of tigers, elephants, wild water buffalo, swamp deer, wild boars and a variety of birds.

The Brahmputra river is one of the major river that cuts through this vast land which has large areas of elephant grass, marshy land and huge  and dense tropical forest. The grass rises above the full-grown elephant who just tugs at it to eat while moving through it. The grass is quite rough and it bruises open skin of the elephant-rider if not careful.

There is elephant safaris and jeep safaris conducted by the forest department. And the mahout(elephant keeper) and the elephant have the perfect idea of where the rhino might be hiding in the tall grass. If the rhino stubbornly doesn’t come out of its hiding, the mahouts make the elephant trumpet which scares the poor rhino who scrambles away exposing itself to the tourists. The elephant sure knows to make its presence felt!!

Our elephant safari began at the break of dawn. We were riding a female elephant “Phoolandevi” and her son “Babu” tagged along with us. The elephant kiddo was quite a handful and kept losing sight of his mother. It then cried for its mother who would stop in her tracks and make a loud trumpet to reassure him(I guess) and waited till he caught up…

“I can see you even if you don’t see me. Now come along, I have to show rhinos to these people”

Though a little time was getting wasted but we had whole day for rhinos and we were enjoying the mother and child relationship….Nature has made all mothers like that; always fretting for the kids’ safety and pampering them no end! My daughter in fact compared herself with the calf ” I also cry when I don’t see you…. just like him and he doesn’t listen to his mom either, keeps running away.”

The part of the forest quite close to river Brahmputra is populated with tiger and is out-of-bounds for tourists. So our safari was only for rhinos, boars and deer. We spotted a few vultures which are fast dwindling in number. The vultures were there for nesting. We also found an antler but the mahouts forbade us to take it out of the reserve partly because of some locally believed ill omen and partly because it was a part of that eco system….. what was the truth behind it, they know better.

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The nearest airport to reach Kaziranga are the Tezpur airport, Guwahati and Jorhat airports. There are many resorts outside the reserve who have their own safari routines. Taxis are available for to and fro journeys to nearby cities too.

For wildlife lovers and for those who want to escape from the city chaos to spend some time in the lap of nature with loud chirping of birds an occasional grunt of rhino and deafening trumpet of elephants, this is the place to be.

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About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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14 Responses to Kaziranga National Reserve

  1. fgassette says:

    I loved the slide show of these amaxing animals. Thank you for sharing.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  2. wonderful pics. It’s so sad about the vultures though. I thought they had found a way to stop their numbers declining, or was that just hope & talk?

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  3. tmso says:

    Yes, the antlers should stay. Great pictures! What an amazing trip. And, yes, mothers are the same in just about every species, eh?

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  4. eof737 says:

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  5. Sunshine says:

    Thanks for sharing…rhinos are amazing animals. I enjoyed the mini tour and have a great month of JUne! 🙂

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  6. eof737 says:

    How are you doing Shoma? Long time no hear… Hope all is well.
    Eliz

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    • hey good to hear from you…..all is well. Thanks for the concern……I have lately been quite busy with lot of family get-together events, shifting,course completion and other mundane things. Thanks again…will write soon. Happy blogging !!

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  7. Miss Lou says:

    Deserving of it’s status, World Heritage Site – stunning country with so many beautiful and rare animals!

    #Gorgeous 🙂 Great Captures, Thanks so much for sharing.

    ML

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