In 1985, KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique natural environment. This famous park is located in Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. It is one of the most beautiful parks in the world and is renowned for the sheer numbers and easy sightings of the Great Indian Rhinoceros, having more than 1,800 of them. It also boasts of a highest density of tigers and was established as a Tiger Reserve in 2006.
The park with an area of approximately 800 sq kms is also home to large breeding populations of 1,300 Asian Elephants, 1,800 Wild Buffaloes, 800 Swamp Deer and 9,000 Hog Deer. Kaziranga is known as a paradise for birders and for its conservation of avifaunal species. It is a success story with its stringent park management as armed forest guards are deployed to fight poachers!
Common birds found here are the Lesser White-fronted Goose, Ferruginous Duck, Baer's Pochard, Lesser and Greater Adjutant Storks, Black-necked Stork, and Asian Openbill which migrate from Central Asia to the Kaziranga during winter.
Together with elusive tigers & one Horn Rhino, the other mammals found here include the rare Hispid Hare, Indian Civet, Sloth Bear, Indian and Chinese Pangolins, Chinese Ferret Badger, Assamese Macaque, Capped Langur and Hoolock Gibbon . It is easy to spot a herd of elephants or rhinos, grazing undisturbed while villagers and their livestock live in harmony with them. Such is the beauty of Kaziranga which celebrated its Centenary in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a Reserve Forest.
Kaziranga National Park is open for tourist from 01st Nov till 30th April only. Between 01st May to 30th Oct, the reserve remains closed for all kind of tourism related activities.