When you are at the UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts of a rich and varied faunal diversity, then why only limit your experience at the Kaziranga National Park by waiting for a chance to sight only the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and Tiger species here. Kaziranga National Park has lots to offer than only its Rhinoceros although this is the flagship species here and its conservation story is a one to take pride for the people involved in its conservation over the years. Your visit to the Kaziranga National Park can also be a one to sight the flowering plants, beautiful forests, the glorious bird species, the sparkling water reserves, the mighty Brahmaputra river and all the other tiny creatures preset at Kaziranga National Park on whom the Rhinoceros and Tigers are dependent upon.
Along the mighty Brahmaputra, take a boat ride to sight the majestic gangetic dolphins (which are highly endangered and almost at the verge of extinction), the mahseer fish species that too is a rare chance to spot and also the varied bird species whose numbers grow more than 500 at the Kaziranga National Park. Also, do not limit your visit to Kaziranga National Park to sight the species of animals here only, instead go around the area of the National Park to admire the various Tea Estates, the foothills of the mountains, the local souvenir shops and get a taste of the local cuisine of Assam at the several traditional restaurants here that serve the most sumptuous and delicious Assamese cuisine.
We have listed below a list of 10 things you can do at Kaziranga National Park along with the Elephant and Jeep Safari rides into the park interiors –
1| While at the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve, choose to go for a full day or a half day journey across the forests and the tiger reserve and sight majestic wildlife species from your Elephant ride or the Jeep Safari ride
2| Take an opportunity to visit the various Tea Estates around Kaziranga National Park. Get a chance to visit the retail kiosk of the Hathikuli Organic Tea and buy fresh tea as a token of your remembrance of visiting the World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park.
3| Around the area of the Kaziranga National Park take an opportunity to go for a jungle hike, Drive around the beautiful countryside of Kaziranga or get an opportunity to camp around the area of the Kaziranga National Park. At your camping site take an opportunity to gaze at the stars in the clear winter skies, make conversations over the bonfire and savour delightful traditional Assamese cuisine food.
4| Visit the local ethnic village located at the Kohora Safari range for a chance to experience the rural life of Assam at the Kaziranga National Park. The ethnic village is open to visitors and the locals here assist visitors to learn more about the traditional customs and practices; traditional clothes and accessories of the local people here are available for purchase.
5| Around the area of the Kaziranga National Park, there are several shops that sell traditional souvenirs and traditional wood and bamboo crafts. Miniature rhino models carved out of wood, hornbill models carved from wood, bamboo fans, bamboo lamps and a host of other traditional artworks of Assam can be bought here and taken as a memorabilia on your way back home.
6| Visit the Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park at the Kohora area of Kaziranga National Park. The Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity park is the largest orchid park in India and has on display various species of Orchids from across Assam and North East India. Here also on display are various artefacts from the history of the Assamese people and their origin. The rice museum here has on display various indigenous varieties of rice from the region. The cultural stage here hosts regular performances of various dance forms of Assam.
7| While at Kaziranga National Park, sek permission to meet families of the park staff including the mahouts and see their away of life. You can help them in improving their living conditions as gratitude for helping you to see what you have come to see from far across the globe.
8| Ask you travel operator to fix a trip to Nameri National Park on way back from Kaziranga National Park. A Tiger Reserve, Nameri National Park is home to over 300 species of birds and is one of the finest bird watching destination in the World. Get a chance to trek into the interiors of the Nameri National Park and is luck permits get a chance to spot a tiger in the wild from a close distance. At Nameri National Park also take the opportunity to enjoy river rafting on the water of the Jia Bhoroli river. At the Balipara area near the Nameri National Park get an opportunity to stay at the Heritage Old Tea Bungalow Estate of the Wild Mahseer.
9| Filled with Tea Gardens around, the Kaziranga National Park has many heritage Tea Estate Bungalows from the era of the British Raj. Hire a Jeep to take you around these old bungalows and tea estates around the Kaziranga National Park.
10| At the Kaziranga National Park, many successful conservation educations programs run by the Green Guards are being conducted in the Villages around the National Park and Tiger Reserve. Visitors can take a chance to visit these villages and participate in the educational programs in a way of giving back to the rich and diverse gifts of Mother Nature.