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About Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam in eastern India. UNESCO designated Kaziranga a a World Heritage Site in 1985 for its unique natural environment. The history of Kaziranga as a protected area traces back to 1904 when Mary Curzon, the wife of the Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, visited the region and was unable to spot any rhinoceroses. As a result, she endeavoured to create the Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forest on 1st June 1905, covering an area of 232 sq km.
Kaziranga has a high degree of species diversity and visibility, as it is located at the edge of the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot. The Park is home to two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses. It was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006 and boasts of the highest density of tigers among protected areas of the world. Kaziranga also has large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. In addition, Kaziranga is recognised as an “Important Bird Area” by Birdlife International, for the conservation of avifaunal species.
Location Kaziranga National Park is located in the state of Assam in India, within two districts-the Kaliabor subdivision of Nagaon district and the Bokakhat subdivision of Golaghat district. The Park now covers an area of 430 sq km. Elevation within Kaziranga ranges from 131 feet to 262 feet. The Brahmaputra, Mora Diphlu, Diphlu, and Mora Dhansiri Rivers flow through the Park.
Kaziranga National Park is divided into four ranges. The Agoratoli range covers the eastern part. The Kohora range covers the central region. It is easily accessible from the range office at Kohora. The Baguri range covers the western part of the park and has the highest density of rhinoceroses. The fourth range, Burhapar, covers the first additional area attached to Kaziranga.
By road:You can reach Kaziranga National Park by road from the following major cities: Guwahati – 217kms (six hours) Jorhat – 97kms (two hours)
By rail:The closest railway station is at Furkating, about 75kms away. You can also choose to travel to Guwahati by rail, as it is better connected with most Indian cities, and then drive to Kaziranga from there.
By air:The nearest airport is the Jorhat Airport at Rowriah (most accessible from Kolkata), at a distance of 97kms. Alternatively, there’s also the Tezpur Airport an hour away, and accessible from Kolkata. The nearest international airport is the Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati.
Wildlife Kaziranga National Park has the largest population of greater one-horned rhinoceroses (approximately 1,855 individuals), wild Asiatic water buffalo (1,666 individuals), and eastern swamp deer (468 individuals) in the world! It also has the highest density of tigers in the world (86 individuals). Along with these and other species, Kaziranga’s mammalian count adds up to 35 species. This includes elephants, leopards, jungle cats, gaurs, sambar deer, Bengal fox, and golden jackal.
Birdlife International has identified Kaziranga as an Important Bird Area. Look for migratory birds like lesser white-fronted geese, ferruginous ducks, Baer's pochard ducks, lesser adjutants, greater adjutants, black-necked storks, and Asian openbill storks. Birds of prey such as the Eastern imperial, greater spotted, white-tailed, Pallas's fish eagle, grey-headed fish eagle, and the lesser kestrel reside here. Amongst vultures, you’ll find the Indian vulture, slender-billed vulture, and Indian white-rumped vulture. Riverine birds at Kaziranga include Blyth's kingfisher, white-bellied heron, Dalmatian pelican, spot-billed pelican, Nordmann's greenshank, and black-bellied tern.
Amongst reptiles you’ll find the reticulated python, rock python, King cobra, and several other species here.