Kaziranga National Park spreads its territory on the banks of the river Brahmaputra in the exotic Sub-Himalayan region. Situated between the districts of Golaghat and Nagaon, the jungle is filled with abundant flora and fauna amid picturesque landscapes. Tall deciduous forests, semi-evergreen forests, elephant meadows, and swampy riverine eco-systems make way for diverse wildlife to flourish in the region.
The famous Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, safely protected from extinction, the gigantic Asiatic Elephants, Water Buffaloes and the kingly Royal Bengal Tiger thrive in the bio-diversity hotspot. Hundreds of resident and migratory birds fly freely around the vast forests. Their sweet tweets and colourful wings soothe the human mind. The Gangetic Dolphins swim and jump above the flowing Brahmaputra and Diphlu rivers to catch a glimpse of the surrounding greenery.
The gentle creatures like the Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Smooth-coated Otters hop and hide gleefully while roaming in the thicket. The varying eco-systems, favourable habitats, variety of wild animals, birds and several species of trees and plants come together to fetch the title UNESCO World Heritage Site to Kaziranga National Park.
Indian Rhinoceros ( One-horned Rhinos ) are the flagship species of Kaziranga. The unmistakable, unmissable and highly temperamental animals are a treat to watch.
The wonderfully varying landscape of Kaziranga adds to the beauty and capturing Rhinos alongside their habitat is always a pleasurable experience.
And if one is able to plan for and capture the Rhinos during a nice sunrise or a sunset, it would be like an icing on the cake, wouldn’t you agree 🙂
Kaziranga is home to a large number of Asiatic Elephants. I have seen some amazingly huge herds, some as large as 60+ strong! I have also had the luck of encountering a majestic male that swam across a huge lake. Watching this giant manoeuvring itself through the deep water was absolutely amazing.
Once again, the beautiful landscape of Kaziranga adds so much dynamism and drama to a scene. This kind of augurs very well for people intending to indulge in their creative image making processes.
Wild buffaloes are found in plenty around the swamps.
Smooth-coated otters can be seen all too busy, swimming, fishing and squabbling, not necessarily in that particular order.
Grey-headed fish eagles cannot be missed. Plenty of water bodies act as rich source of food for these amazing raptors.
Many kinds of hornbills like the Oriental-pied and the Great Indian are some of the other majestic birds that can be found around. Their interactions are always a pleasure to witness.
One can just about easily miss noticing the sly and well camouflaged Asian-barred owlets. However, when you sight one, their curious, piercing eyes make for a wonderful image making experience.
Red jungle fowls can be heard and seen roaming around the undergrowth, flaunting their bright and colourful coats.
Chestnut-headed bee-eaters are also found in good numbers.
Talking about this wonderful jungle and how can we forget the majestic big cat, the Tiger. Assam is known to have one of the highest density of tigers in the country, though, sighting one is very challenging owing to the very dense undergrowth. However, when you get to see one, it is a treat indeed!
Kaziranga is truly enchanting and mesmerising, a glittering treasure of the Indian Sub-continent. In all my trips to the place, haven’t ever come back disappointed, the place has so much to offer!
Hope you enjoyed reading through along with the images. Adios, until next time.