On November 3rd, 2018 we organized a school excursion tour at Kaziranga National Park. It was a day tour where we arranged the entire excursion from booking accomodations, Jeep Safari, Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and a visit to the Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park for a group of 35 students, 3 Faculty member and 2 members of the vehicle (Driver and Conductor). Krishna our team member was very actively involved in organizing the entire tour for these students at Kaziranga National Park. The group was from the Jatiya Vidyalaya at Tinsukia in Upper Assam area who expressed their interest to visit Kaziranga National Park with us. This tour was organized at a moderate budget however not compromising on the quality and comfort of the students. It turned out to be a very successful one and everyone left Kaziranga National Park with a smile on their faces and it proved our commitment and dedication to all of our tours conducted across Kaziranga National Park and other destinations in North East India.
The student group arrived from Tinsukia to Kaziranga National Park in the morning of November 3rd, 2018 at 6 AM. The group had hired a bus for their tour to Kaziranga National Park. Upon their arrival at the Kohora range at Kaziranga National Park, they were taken to the park area near the Kohora Jeep Safari association. After this the students were taken to our local homestay at the Kohora range of Kaziranga National Park where we had allocated 5 deluxe rooms for everyone. The students took their time to get refreshed after their night long drive from Tinsukia to Kaziranga National Park. At around 8.30 AM everybody was ready and they boarded the bus to head to the Bagori Safari range of Kaziranga National Park. Breakfast was arranged along the way at the Alohi restaurant here at Kaziranga National Park. At 8.30 AM the group reached the restaurant and the owner came out to greet everyone. Freshly cooked Puri Sabji and Tea was ready for everyone and the students took their seats to have breakfast. By 9.10 AM everybody was done with their breakfast and they boarded the bus again to go to the Bagori Safari range of Kaziranga National Park.
The bus arrived at the Bagori range at 9.30 AM and 7 Jeeps were ready to take the student group into the interiors of Kaziranga National Park at Bagori range. Krishna went ahead to pay the requisite entrance fees at the Jeep Safari association of Bagori range. The Jeep Safari into the interiors of Kaziranga National Park started at 10 AM at the starting point of the Bagori range. The designated tourist circuit for Jeep Safari ride at Bagori range is as below –
Bagori – Dongabeel – Rowari – Raja Pukhuri – Morabeel and back with the designated stop at the Donga Tower near Dongabeel
As there were a total of 40 people we had arranged for 7 Jeeps for the entire group as each Jeep can accommodate a maximum of 6 members only. The children were very excited to go into the interiors of Kaziranga National Park and to sight the pride of their own State – the One Horned Rhinoceros in Assam. The Jeep drivers took everyone on a careful ride as the roads were bumpy. The group were able to sight Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Wild Water Buffaloes, Swamp Deers, Deers, Wild Boars, Jungle Fowls, a Python and various Bird Species here at Kaziranga National Park on their Jeep Safari ride at the Bagori Safari range. After about an hour they came back to the Donga watch tower area where they got down from the Jeep near the Donga Beel. There are various fish species to be found in this water body and one gets a beautiful view of the Bagori range from here. At 11.30 AM the group was out of the interior of the Bagori Safari range at Kaziranga National Park. They boarded the bus and headed to the Kohora Jeep Safari association at Kaziranga National Park.
On the way they made a short halt at a very famous temple here – the Buri Gukhani Than. A very renowned temple shrine, the local people always make a top here to seek blessings of the God and to grant them a safe journey to their destination. The student group entered the temple and offered their prayers and took the prasad before boarding the bus again. In sometime the bus arrived at the Kohora safari range and everyone stopped for tea at a small tea shop here. Tea was ordered along with biscuits and the group had their tea here at Kaziranga National Park.
At 1 PM the bus reached the Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park. The Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park is the largest Orchid Park in India and is the only bamboo park in India. Everyone got down from the bus and headed to explore the Kaziranga Orchid Park. Krishna purchased the entry tickets and the group entered the premises of the park. At first they entered the green house to admire the various indigenous orchid species of Assam and North East India. Then they headed to the section where various bamboo handicrafts and handloom items of Assam were on display. Next up they visited the rice museum and the orchid photo gallery room. After this they went to the open stage area where cultural performances and dances were being organized. They admired the Bihu song and dance along with bamboo dance performed by the troupe. Next they went to the cactus garden at the Kaziranga Orchid Park. They went down the huge lake area here where they saw various fishes. Next up they headed to the bamboo park inside the Kaziranga Orchid Park where they got to see various indigenous bamboo species of Assam and North East India. By the time they finished exploring the Kaziranga Orchid Park it was around 1.30 PM so Krishna took the group to the Hornbill Restaurant at Kohora in Kaziranga National Park for their lunch.
The Hornbill restaurant is one of the very popular restaurants of Kaziranga National Park that offers traditional and ethnic Assamese food to its guests. We had arranged an elaborate lunch for the entire group and it would be in the form of a traditional Assamese platter that had a variety of 39 items in the platter. Some of the dishes present in the platter were Rice, Aloo Pitika (mashed potato with herbs), Goroi maas pitika (roasted fish chutney), bamboo shoot curry, mixed veg sabji, brinjal fry, papad, local (country) chicken curry, three types of dal, green salad, etc. The students had a hearty meal and everybody enjoyed their lunch. At around 2.30 PM the lunch was over.
The students took their time to walk around the market area of Kohora at Kaziranga National Park. At 3.30 PM everyone gathered at the restaurant again and it was time for a group photograph. After the session they thanked Krishna for the entire arrangements done and appreciated him for all his efforts. They boarded their bus and headed back to Tinsukia in Upper Assam. A job well planned and executed by Krishna here at Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve.