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The ‘Ride of the Kings’ ~ ELEPHANT Safari is the most thrilling options of Safari into the Kaziranga National Park as you are able to Spot Fauna species from a close distance with this option. Elephant Safari start as early as 5.00 AM in the mornings which serves as an ideal time to spot Animal species in the Kaziranga National Park. Sitting abode the King of the animal kingdom you can care less in case you are able to spot one of the Big Four (4) cat species at Kaziranga. This Safari option guarantees your luck to sight the Majestic One Horned Rhinoceros species at the Kaziranga National Park. Elephant Safari at Kaziranga National Park is an ideal choice for any nature lover who wants to catch a glimpse the diverse flora and fauna from a close proximity. This jungle safari option best suites to identify the fauna of Kaziranga National Park amidst the tall grasslands and rocky landscapes as your view is extended from the Elephant back.

The Kaziranga National Park in Assam a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tiger Reserve is spread across a total core area of 430 square kilometers. Further, to make Kaziranga National Park accessible to tourists it is split into four zones. While the Jeep Safari inside these ranges of Kaziranga are allowed across the four zones, the Elephant safari is organized in the two zones only: the Central or Kohora range and the Western or Bagori range. Again here, access to the Kohora Safari zone on Elephant Safari is limited to foreigners and VIP delegates while Indian Nationals get the option to explore the vast reserves of Kaziranga National Park on an Elephant back here at the Bagori Safari Zone. Elephant rides timing and routes are decided by the Kaziranga National Park management. Usually there are two regular slots for Elephant Safari during the tourist season at Kaziranga National Park. One at morning 5 AM and the other at morning 6.30 AM. When the number of tourists are more a third slot at 7 AM is also added. The park authority retains the right to change the timing and routes. Usually, guests prefer to take safari in the western zone where they will have chance to get close view of the rhinos. Do not make any perception about a particular zone because all zones take you to the heart of the Kaziranga National Park and there is no such bad zone. Every zone is unique in term of forests, grasslands, density of mammals & bird, land topography, terrains etc.

The Elephant Safari at Kaziranga National Park get booked very early before the start of season due to limited availability of Elephants at both the Safari ranges. Hence it becomes necessary for guests to book their safari much ahead of their travel dates to Kaziranga National Park. Bookings can be undertaken for Indian National at the Bagori Safari range of Kaziranga while no advance booking is taken for Elephant Safari at Kohora range. Bookings at Kohora can be arranged based on availability during the time of visit.

Elephant Safari Timings at Kaziranga
Safari Range Safari Timings
Western Range – Bagori 5 AM to 7 AM
Central Range – Kohora 5 AM to 7 AM
Elephant Safari Booking Offices Kaziranga
Safari Ranges Booking Office
Western Range – Bagori Centenary Convention Center – Kohora
Central Range – Kohora Range Office – Bagori
Elephant Safari Route at Kaziranga National Park
Safari Range Start Point Safari Route Duration
Central Range, Kohora Mihimukh Riding Tower Kohora Mihimukh Riding point No. 1 via 2nd Addition to KNP up to Riding point No. 2 at Kathpora and vice versa at Southern periphery. 1 hour
Western Range, Bagori Near Range Headquarters, Bagori Bagori – along the Central path towards Donga – right bank of Mori Diffalu river and back to Bagori 1 hour
Nationality Safari Rates at the different Ranges in Kaziranga National Park
Ranges Bagori Kohora Agaratoli Burapahar
Elephant Safari
Indians (Per Head) 900 + Service Charges
Foreigners (Per Head) 2300 2300

** Children aged above 3 years will be charged full amount of Elephant Safari

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Kaziranga Elephant Safari terms and conditions:

  • We are responsible for booking Elephant Safari, collection of payment and handing over of payment receipt to our visitors
  • Entry Pass for Elephant Safari to be collected by visitors along with our representative from Safari Ticket Counter
  • Kaziranga National Park Authority reserves the right to admittance of visitors
  • Safari inside Kaziranga National Park may be closed without prior notice based on climate conditions and Rhino census
  • Above mentioned rates are subjected to revision without prior notice
  • Hotel/Resort pick up and drop will be charged extra
  • We are not responsible for delay in start of Elephant Safari
  • Camera charges both Still and Video are additional as per Government prescribed fees
  • Please do not carry eatables inside the Kaziranga National Park
  • Use of plastics is banned inside Kaziranga National Park
  • Avoid bright colored clothes inside premises of Kaziranga National Park

Sample Itinerary for Elephant Safari at Kaziranga National Park:

Day 1 ~ Guwahati  – Kaziranga National Park

Arrive at Guwahati Airport. On arrival you will be received by our representative at the airport offering a warm welcome in traditional Assamese style. From the Airport drive to the Kaziranga National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National Park is home to the highest population of the Endangered One Horned Rhinoceros species anywhere in the world. On arrival check into a Comfortable hotel/Guest House. Visit the nearby tea gardens in the late afternoon. Evening Bon fire and cultural performances (Bihu Dance of Assam) on request.

Night Stay: Comfortable Hotel at the Kaziranga National Park

Meals Included: NA

Day 2 ~ Kaziranga National Park – Kaziranga Orchid Park – Guwahati

Early morning go for a Elephant Safari into the Kaziranga National Park from the Bagodi/Kohora Safari Range at the National Park. Later in the day visit the Kaziranga Orchid and Bio-Diversity Park at Kaziranga National Park. The Kaziranga Orchid and Bio-Diveristy Park is the Largest Orchid Park in India. Depart to Guwahati.

Night Stay: Comfortable Hotel at Guwahati

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 ~ Kamakhya Temple – Depart

Early morning visit the holy Kamakhya Temple at Guwahati. After breakfast you will depart to Guwahati Airport for your onward destination. Trip Ends. Bid Adieu!

Meals Included: Breakfast

An Elephant Safari experience at Bagori Safari range in Kaziranga National Park ~

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Mahouts preparing the Elephant before going for Elephant Safari in Bagori Range ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

As we conduct various safaris in Kaziranga National Park of the likes of Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari and Boat Safari, we narrate to our readers and future guests to Kaziranga one example of an Elephant Safari experience here in Kaziranga National Park. This time our guests were from Bangalore in India and we had arranged for their stay, Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari in Kaziranga National Park. Their stay was arranged at our guest house in Kohora are of Kaziranga. There are two (2) slots for Elephant Safari timings here in Kaziranga National Park one in the morning at 5 AM and the next slot is at 6.30 AM. As Indian Nationals are permitted to go for Elephant Safari into the interiors of Kaziranga National Park from the Bagori Safari range only therefore we arranged for their safari here itself. Also as we have Elephant Safaris owned by our team in Kaziranga National Park we were able to arrange for their entry at 6.30 AM as the 5 AM slot is too early and coming from Kohora to Bagori would mean getting up at 4 AM itself. I was present at Kaziranga National Park along with our guests and it was my responsibility to ensure that the guests reached Bagori Safari range on time for their Elephant Safari ride into Kaziranga National Park interiors.

The next day morning I got up at 5 AM and provided a wake up call to our guests who got up on time. We were ready by 5.30 AM and I started the car and along with the guests we proceeded to Bagori Safari range for Elephant Safari into Kaziranga National Park. We reached Bagori at 5.50 AM and our team member Krishna was already awaiting our arrival here at the entrance of the Bagori Safari range. Once we reached there were many other vehicles in the parking area meaning that many other guests were also going into the interiors of Kaziranga National Park for elephant safari ride along with guests who had gone for the 5 AM slot for Safari and would come out of the interiors of Kaziranga National Park now.

Krishna had our passes in his hand and he handed over the passes to us. I too was going along with our guests for the elephant ride into Kaziranga. By 6.05 AM the guests who had gone inside the park started to come outside all with happy faces after their wonderful experience of Elephant Safari here in Kaziranga National Park. Krishna took us to the elephant ride point which is slightly inside and we had to walk from the entry point of the Bagori Safari range gate. We waited our turn as there were other guests awaiting to board their ride ahead of us. Shortly our turn arrived and we climbed on the Elephant back to go into the interiors of Kaziranga National Park. As we were four (4) of us one elephant was dedicated to us along with the mahout. We gradually started to travel inside Kaziranga National Park on a bumpy yet interesting ride on an elephant back.

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Visitors going for Elephant Safari in Bagori Range ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

We first crossed the pathway along which the elephant walks admiring the varied flora of Kaziranga National Park. We spotted a few deers immediately. The mahout maneuvered the elephant to take a slight turn and we were treading along the path where we saw the first Indian One Horned Rhinoceros lying on a muddy marsh. We went very close to the animal and captured our pictures. As we went further in we saw many more rhinoceros, wild boars, hog deers, asiatic wild water buffaloes and various bird species of Kaziranga National Park. It was indeed an amazing experience riding on the Elephant back. Although is is a cruel practice to keep these giant animals chained but out mahout told us that adequate care is taken of the Elephants here in Kaziranga National Park. They are well fed and proper medical attention is ensured to these animals here in Kaziranga National Park.

We came out from our Elephant Safari ride from the interiors of Kaziranga National Park at 7.30 AM. We thanked the mahout and paid him some money as tips for bringing us out safely from the park. We thanked him and returned back to our guest house to get fresh and go for a round of Jeep Safari at a different range in Kaziranga National Park.

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Sighting of Indian One Horned Rhinoceros from Elephant Safari in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India
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Elephant Safari sighting of Rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India
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Visitors going for Elephant Safari in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

An Elephant Safari experience at Kohora Safari range in Kaziranga National Park ~

As mentioned earlier, Elephant Safari at the Kohora Safari range in Kaziranga National Park is reserved only for Foreign nationals and VIPs from India while the Bagori Safari range offers Elephant rides for Indian Nationals as well. The Elephant Safari remains one of the most popular jungle safari options here in Kaziranga National Park and slots for this safari option gets booked much ahead in advance especially as the number of Elephants are less as compared to the many number of tourists. Elephant Safari rides at Kohora Safari range begin as early as 5 AM in the morning for tourists. The early morning safari at Kohora safari range is spectacular as you see the first rays of the sun lighting up the vast expanse of grasslands here in Kaziranga National Park. The Elephant Safari ride brings in a sense of excitement in the minds of visitors as one treads on the Elephant back into the vast forest reserves cutting across a layer of fog in the winter season. The sight of Rhinoceros grazing in the open fields of Kaziranga National Park is a mesmerizing sight from the top of the elephant back as well. While rhino sightings are common from the elephant back in the Kohora safari range do not miss out on the opportunity to sight other fauna species of Kaziranga National Park like Asiatic wild water buffaloes, hog deers, sambar deers, swamp deers, wild elephants and the various species of birds as well.

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Foreign visitors enjoy their Elephant Safari ride at the Kohora Safari range in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

In this piece we narrate our experience of conducting an Elephant Safari at the Kohora Safari range of Kaziranga National Park with our guests from UK. The Elephant safari ride for our visitor was scheduled at 5 AM in the early morning at Kohora safari range. Krishna our team member had arranged for the entire booking of our guests from their stay, airport transfers, transfers across Assam and Meghalaya, stay at Kaziranga and other places, their meals and their elephant and jeep safari rides into the interiors of Kaziranga as well. The stay was hosted at the Bonhabi Resort just on the outskirts of the central safari zone. Krishna picked them up and arrived at the entrance of the safari range. From here their passes were verified and the guests were allowed to go inside the park to climb their elephant backs and go for a Elephant ride. A total of 9 elephants had gone in the morning 5 AM slot inside the park carrying visitors from various nationalities who had gone inside for Elephant safari at the Kohora safari range. The designated circuit to be followed was as below ~

Mihimukh Riding point No. 1 via 2nd Addition to KNP up to Riding point No. 2 at Kathpora and vice versa at Southern periphery

The ride was an interesting one and the early morning fog didn’t hinder the visitors from sighting a wide variety of flora and fauna here in Kaziranga National Park. The Elephant safari ride started at the Mihimukh riding point no. 1 extending upto riding point no. 2 at Kathpora with the ride duration lasting for about an hour’s time. Our visitors were able to sight varies fauna species at Kaziranga National Park of the likes of Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Wild Water Buffaloes, Hog Deers, Swamp Deers, Wild Boards and various species of resident and migratory birds as well. After an hour the ride ended at the Mihimukh riding tower at Kohora and the visitors came out from the Safari point.

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Kaziranga National Park Elephant Safari Guest reviews ~

1| Elephant Safari in Kaziranga National Park ~

As a part of our tour package Arunav assisted us with the bookings of the Elephant Safari here in Kaziranga National Park. We were staying at the Landmark Woods Hotel close to the Bagori range and our Elephant safari slot was scheduled at 5 AM in the morning. It was a little tough taking up at 4 AM and reaching to the ride point at Bagori but we managed it and it was a wonderful experience. The ride lasted for about an hour and the mahout took us very close to the rhinos to sight them from a close distance. We also spotted other animal species as well on our Elephant Safari ride.

Mr. Gopikrishna and family

Bangalore ~ Nov 2016

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We were travelling across North East India on a tour package with Jungleideas and Kaziranga National Park was the highlight of our tour and we were excited to sight the Rhinoceros here. Arunav assisted us with the booking for Elephant Safari here. We were staying at the Bonroja Motel just adjacent to the Bagori Safari range so we avoided the travel time to here in case we were staying near the Kohora range. Our Elephant Safari slot was at 5 AM and we walked to the gate entrance to get our ride here. The ride was amazing and we could get a clear view of the various rhinoceros grazing in the open fields of Kaziranga National Park. Our mahout had a good rapport with his elephant and he maneuvered the animal quite well for our comfortable ride.

Shipla S and family

Bangalore ~ February 2017

3| Tour of Kaziranga National Park ~

We booked our tour with Jungleideas in the month of February for the month of March 2017 and Arunav helped us to book the Itinerary at the very last moment. Even though find an Elephant safari ride booking at Kaziranga National Park was a challenge because of the time constraint. Arunav managed to somehow arrange for two seats for us at the nick of time as we had only planned on doing the Jeep Safari earlier. The tour was perfectly executed and it was wonderful riding on the Elephant Safari ride and witnessing the One Horned Rhinoceros from a close proximity. Thank you Arunav for the all the arrangements.

Mohammed Zeeshan

Bangalore ~ March 2017

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For our family of four (2 Adults and 2 Children aged 12 and 8) we were having trouble booking our Elephant Safari ride at Kaziranga National Park until we found Arunav through the internet. He took charge and informed his team mate Krishna to help us out with our bookings. The experience was pleasant that we even ended up booking our stay at their guest house and also our Jeep Safari rides as well along with the Elephant safari rides here in Kaziranga National Park. The experience was amazing and the Elephant safari ride was the prime highlight.

Ravi Kumar and family

Chennai ~ April 2017

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Ravi Kumar and family on Elephant safari ride at Bagori range in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

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We had visited Kaziranga National Park in April 2017 and booked our Elephant Safari ride with Krishna. We were a group of 8 people and had requested we were allotted our elephant safari rides on 2 elephants. It was a memorable experience. Thank you

Suman Chakraborthy

Kolkata ~ April 2017

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We planned our tour of Kaziranga National Park with these guys and they took care of our experience here. The Elephant Safari ride at Kohora range was a prime attraction for us as we wanted to sight the pride Rhinoceros up close here in Kaziranga the UNESCO World Heritage Site. These guys helped us with our bookings and tour arrangements. It was a wonderful experience thanks!

Paul 

Belgium ~ April 2017

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7| Tour of Kaziranga National Park

Our tour was booked by Krishna and it was a short trip to Assam and we planned on visiting only at Kaziranga National Park. Krishna helped us arrange our transfers from Guwahati to Kaziranga National Park and also book our Elephant and Jeep Safari rides along with a budget accommodation at the guest house for four people. The stay even though cost us only INR 2000 per night for a huge double bedded room was amazing and the food provided at the guest house was commendable. The Elephant ride was exciting as we spotted rhinos from very close and the jeep safari helped us in bird-watching. Thanks a lot team.

Arun Thomas and family

Trivandrum ~ Nov 2017

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Arun Thomas and family on Elephant safari ride at Bagori range in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

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I knew Arunav from my college days and he assisted me with my solo travel plan across Assam and Meghalaya. He also assisted me with my Elephant Safari bookings at the Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park. I was staying at the JBs Resort in Kaziranga National Park and the entrance to the Bagori range for Elephant safari ride was a little away from here. Upon contacting Arunav he even arranged for a Jeep to take me to the Bagori range from the resort for my 6.30 AM Elephant Safari ride slot. It was a wonderful experience and I successful t saw more than 10 rhinos in the wild very up close. Thank you Arunav for all your help.

Devendra Bhansali

Bangalore ~ Nov 2017

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Our Elephant Safari ride we had booked with Krishna. Quick response and booking confirmed on an advance payment. Passes were handed over to us at our Hotel in Kaziranga National Park. Very professional approach to handling their customers. Thank you Krishna. The Elephant safari ride was a very rewarding experience for us.

Mr. Jana Reddy 

Visakhapatnam ~ Dec 2017

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Krishna helped us out with our Elephant and Jeep safari ride for 12 members. We had to book 2 Jeeps and individual elephant safari ride tickets for our family of 12. The young children enjoyed the Elephant safari and jeep safari rides very much. We look forward to visiting Kaziranga National Park soon. Thank you Krishna for all your support here.

Mr. Ashok Chauhan and family

Mumbai ~ Jan 2018

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Our North East India tour across Assam and Meghalaya was arranged by Jungleideas and Arunav himself joined us and drove us around showing us all the locations and accompanying us on our trek to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge at Nongriat etc. Our son enjoyed his company a lot. Our Elephant Safari ride at Kaziranga National Park was booked by Arunav at the Bagori safari range. As we had insisted on staying at the Nature Hunt Eco Camp at Kaziranga National Park at Kohora it would be a 20 min drive to Bagori from here. Our Elephant Safari time was scheduled at 5 AM and so we had to get up as early as 4 AM to reach the place on time. Arunav ensured to be on time and pick us up at the camp and take to the Elephant Safari range. We all enjoyed our elephant ride and our son loved the sight of Rhinoceros here at Kaziranga National Park. Thank you Arunav it was a memorable tour for our family.

Vivek S and family

Bangalore ~ April 2018

12| Tour of Kaziranga National Park

Our tour for a group of 12 members was being handled by Jungleideas. Arunav was very professional in planning out our Itinerary and cost details for our tour across North East India at Meghalaya and Assam. The highlight of our tour was the Elephant and Jeep Safari rides at Kaziranga National Park. The morning slot was perfect to get a good views of the animals of Kaziranga on the Elephant safari ride. The mahout who took us on the Elephant safari ride went the extra mile to show us the Rhinoceros from up close also keeping our safety in mind as well. The Jeep safari ride in the afternoon at the eastern range helped us identify various bird species with an able guide as well. Stay at the Borgos resort was top notch and so was the sumptuous traditional lunch at the Hornbill restaurant in Kaziranga. Only disappointment was we could not sight tigers in the eastern range. Thank you team your efforts will be cherished always.

Henry Adams

London – UK (November 2018)

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13| Elephant and Jeep Safari at Kaziranga National Park

Krishna was handling our bookings for Elephant and Jeep Safari rides for our family of 10 members. We had booked in advance so it wasn’t a problem to confirm our Elephant safari at Kaziranga National Park. Krishna went along with us and helped us identify the various species of fauna and birds here. Thank you Krishna!

Arindom Hazarika

Duliajan – Assam ~ November 2018

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I had pre booked my Elephant safari in October 2018 for our group’s visit to Kaziranga National Park. We were a group of 10 members from a company in Bangalore who came for a North East visit. Krishna helped us with the budget accommodation and vehicle as well for our tour. Elephant rides were completely booked for December and thankfully we had booked it previously. It was an amazing experience at Kaziranga National Park. Thank you Krishna for all the help.

Karthik Sreenivasan

Bangalore ~ December 2018

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Karthik Sreenivasan and group on Elephant safari ride at Bagori range in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

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We were travelling from Tezpur in Assam and did not have much idea as to how to go about the bookings at Kaziranga National Park. We contacted Arunav who guided us to Krishna who assisted us with the arrangements of booking our guest house, elephant and jeep safari in Kaziranga. The guest house was nice and amazing food was served to us here. The elephant safari started on time and Krishna assisted us with the jeep safari ride as well. It is good to know people from your state are working effectively towards keeping Kaziranga National Park a World favored tourist destination.

Samiran Gogoi

Tezpur – Assam (January 2019)

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My wife and I had come from from Pune and spending time at our friend’s place in Guwahati when we planned on visiting Shillong and Kaziranga National Park as it was our first time in North East India. We contacted Krishna to help us with the Elephant safari booking in a short notice. He arranged it for us and also arranged for our Jeep safari and accommodation in short notice. It was amazing to see the one horned rhinoceros of Assam on the elephant safari ride.

Apurva Vatlekar

Pune ~ February 2019

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Mr. Vatlekar and family on Elephant safari ride at Bagori range in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

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I was a solo female traveler and I visited Kaziranga National Park in the month of March 2019. As I was travelling alone and didn’t have much idea about the safari bookings here I approached these guys to assist me with my bookings. I was planning on doing Jeep safari in Kaziranga but Krishna recommended I do Elephant Safari as I was single traveler and this would also save me the cost of hiring an entire Jeep for my safari experience. As the Elephant safari slots were almost full Krishna somehow managed to arrange one seat for me for the Elephant Safari ride at the Bagori Safari range. He was also kind enough to arrange for a pick up vehicle for me from my place of stay to the Bagori safari range and to drop me back. The elephant safari was one of a kind experience and I did not regret it. Thanks a ton to these guys!

Sonali Jain

Mumbai ~ March 2019

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Krishna assisted with our Elephant and Jeep Safari bookings in Kaziranga National Park during April 2019. Our young children were travelling with us and Krishna ensured to take all steps to make our visit a memorable one. We were picked up from our place of stay and taken to the Bagori safari range for our Elephant Safari ride. We got the 6.30 AM slot and the Elephant Safari ride was very amazing as we got to spot many One Horned Rhinoceros species at the Bagori Safari range of Kaziranga National Park on Elephant Safari. The Jeep safari at the Eastern range was also a rewarding experience. Thank you Krishna for all the arrangements.

Manoj Sharma and family

New Delhi ~ April 2017

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Mr. Manoj Sharma and family on Elephant safari ride at Bagori range in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

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My parents wanted to visit Kaziranga National Park and North East India for a long time and in April 2019 we planned our tour here to be arranged by Jungleideas. Arunav assisted us with our tour bookings and upon insisting to be joined with the 3 of our us on tour he agreed to do go and came along with us. We took our Elephant and Jeep Safari rides at Kaziranga National Park. The Elephant safari ride at the Bagori Safari range was a highlight and all thanks to Arunav for suggesting us to take this Elephant Safari ride here. My parents loved it a lot and it was nice to see the Mahouts take utmost care of the Elephants here in Kaziranga National Park. Our Mahout was regularly feeding the Elephant while the animal took us joyfully on its back and took us closer to the rhinos of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park.

Soumya Gupta

Ghaziabad ~ April 2019

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Ms. Soumya and family on Elephant safari ride at Bagori range in Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

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We booked our Elephant Safari ride in Kaziranga National Park a little ahead of our visit and it was a little tough to find our elephant safari bookings here. We managed to contact these people through the internet and Krishna promptly addressed our query and immediately looked our for our elephant safari bookings. He managed to arrange for our safari at our time of visit and we ended up booking our Jeep safari ride as well with them. I thank him sincerely for his efforts.

Mr. Krishnendu Chatterjee

Kolkata ~ April 2019

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Krishnendu Chaterjee and family coming out of Elephant Safari ride from Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

About the Indian Elephants at Kaziranga National Park ~

The Kaziranga National Park boasts of a huge population of the Indian Elephants.

The Indian Elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) of Kaziranga National Park is one of three recognized subspecies of the Asian elephant and native to mainland Asia. Since 1986, ‘Elephas maximus’ has been listed as Endangered by IUCN as the population has declined by at least 50% over the last 1 to -1 years or three generations. Asian elephants are threatened by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation.

In general, Asian elephants are smaller than African elephants and have the highest body point on the head. The tip of their trunk has one finger-like process. Their back is convex or level. Indian elephants reach a shoulder height of between 2 and 3.5 m, weigh between 2,000 and 5,000 kg, and have 19 pairs of ribs. Their skin color is lighter than of maximus with smaller patches of depigmentation, but darker than of sumatranus. Females are usually smaller than males, and have short or no tusks.

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A Herd of Wild Elephants inside the Forest Reserves of Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

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A Herd of Adult Wild Elephants with Calf inside the Forest Reserves of Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

The Asiatic Elephant species differ from the African Elephants being smaller in size with smaller tusks. These tusks of Elephants are made out of ivory and is the main reason for their near extinction as poachers hunt down these Elephants of Kaziranga National Park due to their tusks. Elephant tusks can often weigh up to 22 kilograms a pair and fetch thousands of dollars in the black markets. Across India, the Asiatic Elephants come under the Elephant conservation project and their population is now restricted to the Elephant Reserves and protected areas in India. In India, there is a nationwide conservation effort to protect this species from being extinct. Apart from Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park and Nameri National Park in Assam, these Asiatic Elephants in India can be spotted at the Periyar, Bandipur, Corbett, Palamuru and Nagarhole National Park.

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A Herd of Adult Wild Elephants relaxing by the Water Holes at the Forest Reserves of Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

The Asiatic Elephants of Kaziranga National Park are the largest mammals of land on Earth next only to the Blue Whale species. The culture of Asia has always revered the Elephant species and these elephants perform as an integral part of many religious festivals in the Asian countries especially India. These Asiatic Elephants have often been domesticated since times immemorial to serve in transportation or move heavy objects from one place to another. But with losing habitat and continuous poaching these mighty beasts in the wild are now endangered and just like Rhinoceros, tigers and lions have now come under the threat of being extinct forever. Kaziranga National Park’s conservation success stories is not limited to the Rhinoceros and Tigers only but also to the Asiatic Wild Elephants and now Kaziranga National Park has a noticeable number of the population of the Asiatic Elephant species.

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Indian Elephant Calf at the Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India
Indian Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park, Kaziranga Rhino, Awesome Assam Tourism
Young visitors showering their love and respect to the mighty Elephants of Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

The Indian Elephants at Kaziranga National Park are classified as megaherbivores and consume up to 150 kg of plant matter per day. They are generalist feeders, and both grazers and browsers. In  India, elephants are recorded to feed on 112 different plant species, most commonly of the order Malvales, and the legume, palm, sedge and true grass families. They graze on the tall grasses, but the portion consumed varies with season.

The Indian Elephants of the Kaziranga National Park generally feed in the early mornings and the late afternoons. The Elephants of Kaziranga choose forested parts of their area to continue feeding on branches, leaves and fruits. These Elephants prefer to spend time in and around the water bodies of the Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga has some of the best skilled Elephant handlers in the Country known as ‘Mahouts’. These ‘Mahouts’ assist in ferrying visitors into the Kaziranga National Park across the Elephant Safari options at the Kaziranga National Park. The Indian Rhinoceros of Kaziranga, in particular, allow Elephants to approach much closer than they allow the Jeep Safari vehicles.

The Indian Elephants at Kaziranga National Park prefer feeding in the open durings the early mornings and late afternoons. When the sun is high, the Elephants of Kaziranga choose forested parts of their range to continue feeding on branches, leaves, barks and fruits whose seeds will be dispersed near and far. As with Elephants everywhere, at Kaziranga too, these species spend considerable time near water-bodies.

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Indian Elephants embarking on a Safari with visitors at the Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

Indian Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park, Kaziranga Rhino, Awesome Assam Tourism

Indian Elephants at the Kaziranga National Park ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

Indian Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park, Kaziranga Rhino, Awesome Assam Tourism
Visitors at the Kaziranga National Park on an Elephant Safari into the Park Interiors ~ Kaziranga ~ Assam ~ India

In Asia, these majestic Asiatic Elephants are found across India extending up to Sri Lanka and Sumatra. The Asiatic Elephants of Kaziranga National Park, often stay in herds and have a matriarchal family group viz. the groups is led by the largest and oldest female in the group. Elephant herds of Kaziranga National Park consists of up to 100 elephants roaming in the wild. The male elephants however, can be associated with a herd, solitary or at times live temporarily live with other males. The Asiatic Elephants are known to be social animals and often stay together while they go out in search of food and water. Even when they are on the move, the Elephant herd is led by a female elephant only. Standing tall at above 10 feet, the male elephant often weighs up to 11,900 pounds while the female averages around 6000 pounds. The Asiatic Elephants are mega herbivores and feed on grasses, bamboo, leaves, shoots, barks, palms, creepers, etc. They often feed up to 330 pounds in a single day that also comprises of fruits like wood apple and mango. Elephants also drink water everyday and prefer to stay close to water sources at the Kaziranga National Park.

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Indian Elephants in the Wild at Kaziranga National Park
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Indian Elephants at Kaziranga National Park Safari

So why wait?! Plan your visit to spot the Largest Mammals of Asia ~ the Asiatic Elephants at the Kaziranga National Park, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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