Safari through Kaziranga

 Surrounded by tea plantations on one side and the great Brahmaputra on the other, Kaziranga national park is home to more than 2000+ Rhinos. Our experiences with National Parks had not been so great, so far, but it changed with this one!

We reached late afternoon in Kaziranaga and had booked a cottage in the government-operated Aranya Travel Resort. The cottages were spacious with a sit-out, facing a nice garden and monkeys all over.

Day 2: Jeep Safari

Our hotel arranged for the jeep for a total of Rs.2500 for a 3-hour safari. We started at 8 am and were immediately greeted by some deer and rhinos grazing far away. The route went through the jungle, over the bridges, and by the streams and we stopped after every 10-15 min to catch a glimpse of Water Monitor, Eagles, Vultures, Turtles, Pelicans,  giant Wild Buffaloes, and many more.

See a detailed YouTube video of the safari.

Watching the wild elephant family guarding its little one up close angrily threatening to charge the unwanted human interference was a nerve-wracking experience. 

The best part of the safari is you don't have to struggle through binoculars or have to be lucky to spot the one-horned Rhinos - these giant beasts are just everywhere in the park.

Day 3: Elephant Safari & Traditional Show 

The Elephant safari starts early at 6 am, so we had to pack some bread omelets & our yesterday's jeep safari driver came for the pickup. It cost us around Rs.900 per head for safari & 700 Rs for the jeep pick up & drop.

We queued up, hopped atop our domesticated elephant and they started moving in different directions for the safari. We chased a Rhino in the jungle and went really up close few Rhino families. What a memorable experience it was!

Evening, we went to the Tulip garden which also hosts a traditional music show in the evening. 

You can try to cut short the trip by a day, but I was working in Kaziranga post the safaris and loved the relaxed time spent exploring nature, wildlife, and fauna.