Kaziranga - Teeming with Birds & Wildlife (05 Days; # 712 - B)
Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park is a National Park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. The sanctuary, which hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site. Kaziranga is home to the highest density of Tigers among protected areas in the world, and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006 (now the highest Tiger density is in Orang National Park, Assam). The park is home to large breeding populations of Elephants, Wild Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer. Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for conservation of avifaunal species. When compared with other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.
Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall Elephant Grass, Marshland and Dense Tropical Moist Broadleaf Forests, Criss-crossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. Kaziranga has been the theme of several books, songs, and documentaries. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest.