With not even a moment to waste, we freshened up real quick and gathered at the hotel lobby to wait for our car commute to Kaziranga National Park Assam which was situated in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts. Our travel hats were out and rolls of camera checked; the day was bright and sunny, there was nothing that could go wrong this day. This National Park has been awarded with the distinction of being the World Heritage Site and is home to the two thirds of the world population of one horned rhinoceroses. The park has also been regarded as a Tiger Reserve since 2006. It is also regarded as an important bird area by Birdlife International since the premise watched out for the conservation of avifaunal species of birds. Laced with so many distinctions, it felt truly like a blessing to be in this spot.
The environment in the park is doubly entertaining because of the biodiversity that it boasted of. The strategic location of the park at the foothills of the eastern Himalayans lent it a wonderful climate which was definitely a big plus. Sprawling over a vast area of 430 square kilometers the park is under the jurisdiction of the Government of India and the state government. Possible initially due to the efforts of Mary Curzon, the Baroness Curzon of Kedleston, the celebratory wife of Lord Curzon, the park has since its inception worked relentlessly for the conservation and breeding of the endangered species of animals. Among the 35 mammalian species, we could see the threatened wild Asiatic Water Buffalo and the eastern Swamp Deer too. Dotted by river, lakes and other water bodies, the park is a natural haven with flora and fauna that is very impressive.
Among the section of birds and reptiles, too, some of the prime attractions are the species of vultures and a couple of largest snakes of the world- the python, reticulated and rock varieties looked menacing but very captivating. We had seen some documentaries on Kaziranga National Park Assam and it was unbelievable to be here in person. Now we had to redirect our attention to the delicious foods of Guwahati Assam since it was getting close to meal time.