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Kaziranga

{short description of image}Assam is perhaps best-known for two things; tea and the one-horned rhinoceros, which is found in large numbers at Kaziranga National park.

Kaziranga, is one of the most visited wildlife reserves of India and figures quite often on the itinerary of the discerning tourists from around the world. There are several ways of getting to Kaziranga: you can either fly to Jorhat and then drive to Kaziranga or rent a car or take a bus from Guwahati. The route to this national park, which is full of wetlands and some forests apart from the tall elephant grass, is scenic.

One will find and women fishing in the bells or ponds, children diving into the inviting water on a warm day,



coconut sellers hawking their waters by the roadside and boys on buffalo back in paddy fields, in the near distance, the blue hills of Arunachal Prdesh beacon you will passé the town of Jagiroad, where the Assam has an outlet and the town of Nagoan.

14kms from Nogaon is Boroda, the birth place of the Assamese saint and reformer, Sankardeva, who led a 16th century revival movements of Vaishnavism.

Kaziranga is spread over more than 430sq. kms and is the place where one of the last creatures of the prehistoric age, the rhinoceros lives. The lumbering beasts are easy to spot even from the National Highway, which passed by the sanctuary. They are best viewed from


atop an elephant and there are early morning elephant rides for tourist, which must be booked in advance at the tourist center in Kaziranga.

There are jeep safaris as well, and these can be organized at the center. At the sanctuary, you can sight, herds of wild elephants, the massive wild buffalo, huge numbers of deer-the hog deer the bara singla or twelve antlered and the large and stately sambhar. Wildboar abound as do many water birds as well as migratory species, including hombills, strocks, such as the great Adjutant Strok cranes.



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