Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Assam Trip, Kaziranga Part I

Kaziranga park is spread over an area of 858 square kilometres. The park has five entry points. One is northern gate on the other side of Brahmaputra. The side we were on, had four gates. One central gate known as Kohora gate. On the eastern side there is Agoratali gate. On the western side, there is Bagori gate and Burha Pahar being the western most gate. In this trip we availed two jeep salaries. In the morning we entered the park through Kohora gate. In the afternoon we went westward and entered the park through Bagori gate.

Though famous for one horned rhino, Kaziranga has a variety of other animals. Which include elephants, wild buffalo, tiger, sloth bear, deer, badger, civet and a variety of different monkeys. Ofcourse there are snakes, a variety of turtles and birds. In our trip, in the areas we visited we saw mostly rhinos, buffalo herd and some deer. I think, one should try out all the four gates on the southern side of Brahmaputra.

As we entered through Kohora gate, I was asked to pay 800 rupees as entrance fee. For the second visit on the same day, I paid 400 rupees, as our guide carried the morning receipt. As it emerged, our park entry fee was included in the package. So travel agency returned my money later. Unlike in few other parks I visited, Kaziranga allows only gypsies to move inside the park. On a given day nearly 300 gypsies go inside the park through different gates. Most households, along highway that passes through the forest, have olive green gypsy parked. It appears ferrying tourist is a way of supporting family in the area.


Kohora Gate

Forest Office

Gypsy Waiting to Get Entry Permit


Kaziranga forest has big grass lands with tall elephant grass growing. In between grass lands, there are water bodies. The place is ideal grazing ground for herbibhores like rhino, wild buffalo, elephant and deer population. 


Elephant Grass
Tall Elephant Grass


Water Body and Grassland

As we entered the park, we saw this rhino. The animal was probably engaged in a fight and had a deep wound on its body. An animal with such thick skin, which other animal can inflict such serious wound? May be another rhino, who knows? Apparently, the animal is carrying its injury for a week at least.  


Injured Rhino


Wild Buffalo


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A herd of wild buffalo is seen in the recording below. A water body separates buffalo herd from a rhino grazing on the grassland.

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After spending close to 3 hours in the park, we returned to our lodge for lunch.
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