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Kaziranga Tourism & City Guide

Kaziranga National Park - The World Heritage Site

Located on the banks of the mighty river Brahmaputra in the far northeast in Assam, Kaziranga National Park covers an area of approximately 430 sq kms. The swamps and tall thickets of elephant grass make the park a perfect Habitat for the Indian one horned Rhino. Kaziranga was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1940 due to limitless poaching of the animal. A vast stretch of coarse, tall elephant grass, marshland and dense tropical forests, the park has managed to survive urbanization. Other major wild attractions include a large population of elephant, bison, swamp deer or barasingha, hog deer, sloth bear, tiger, leopard cat, otter, hog badger, capped langur, hoolock gibbon, wild boar and other animals. Kaziranga is also a haven for birds. Today Kaziranga is one of the wildlife sanctuaries in India where it’s possible to see the rhino out in open. 

The Kaziranga Travel Guide helps you in exploring the world heritage site by providing you all the information about how to reach, where to stay etc. The Kaziranga City Guide provides you with all the useful facts that may come handy while planning your trip to the territory of the Indian one horned Rhino.

Driving Directions

Driving Directions Kaziranga

The Kaziranga is a national park situated in the Golghat and Nagaon districts of the Assam state, Eastern India. Bird Watchers here can spot different species of birds at this bird sanctuary. The best way to explore the wild life is by taking a ride on bus or jeep. Deer, foxes, elephants, tigers and snakes are amongst the common finds at this wild life sanctuary. The Tezpur station is the nearest station to Kaziranga. The wild life bird sanctuary is nestled 60 Kms from this domestic airport. The Guwahati rail head which is more than 200 Kms away from Kaziranga can be reached by hiring taxi or boarding bus. The government buses are frequently available from Guwahati and Tezpur.

How to Reach

How to Reach Kaziranga

Kaziranga National Park lies just off National Highway No 37 between Guwahati and Jorhat. It can be easily accessed by road from either of these. Guwahati is 217 kms and Jorhat is 97 kms from Kaziranga.
Both the cities re on the airlines network and connected to some cities in India. While Indian Airlines, Jet airways and Air Sahara operate flights to Guwahati, Indian Airlines and jet Airways fly to Jorhat too.
From Guwahati the distance to Kaziranga can easily be covered in less than four hours with a midway break either at Jakhlabandha, which has good restaurants or at Naogaon. While from Jorhat it usually takes less than two hours.
The nearest railway station to Kaziranga is Furkating which is well-connected to Guwahati on the broad gauge line.

 

How to Reach Kaziranga by Airways

How to Reach Kaziranga by Road

How to Reach Kaziranga by Railways

 

Visual Tourist circuit

 

Visual Tourist Circuit for Kaziranga National Park-Guwahati-Shillong

Quick Guide

Quick Guide Kaziranga

Specialty Wildlife Entry Fee Vehicles Safari
Camera Booking Routes Best Time Cost

Park Specialty: One Horned Rhinos. Hoolock Gibbons, Wild Buffalo 

Other Wildlife Attractions: Indian Elephants, Indian Bison, Barasingha, Hog Deer, Sloth Bears, Tigers, Leopard Cats, Jungle Cats, Wild Buffalo, Pythons, Monitor Lizards 

Park Entry Fee

Indians: Rs 20; Foreigners: Rs 250

Vehicle Entry Fee: Rs 200 

Safari Timings
Elephant Rides Between 5.30 am & 7.30 am
Jeep Safaris: 7:30 am - 9:30 am & 2 pm - 3:30 pm

 

*Safari timings are monitored strictly by the Forest Department.

Camera Fee
  Still camera fee Video camera fee
Indians Rs 50 Rs 500
Foreigners Rs 500 Rs 1,000

 

Reservation Authority

Joint Director of Tourism Kaziranga,
P.O Kaziranga National Park,
District Jorhat,
Assam – 785612 

Safari Routes

You can go for either a jeep safari or an elephant safari. Generally the vehicles of the Forest Department are not available for the tourists; jeeps can be hired at the Kohora Chowk or can be arranged through your hotel. There are three safari routes that one can opt from at the Kaziranga National Park.

  • Kohora
  • Baghori
  • Agaratoli 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the national park is from mid-November to early April months. During the monsoons season there is overflowing at the River Brahmaputra resulting into the flooding of the low-lying grasslands. Due to the flooding at the park the animals migrate to higher areas within the Kaziranga National Park. 

Expenses

Visiting Kaziranga independently can be expensive due to the two-tier price system, with different entry costs for Indian nationals and foreigners. There are separate charges for elephant safari and jeep rides from the lodges to the park entrance, as well as a system of variable camera fees.
Things to remember while in the park

Flora n Fauna

Kaziranga - Flora & Fauna

The flora at the Kaziranga National Park is comprised of three types: 

  • Alluvial inundated grasslands comprising of tall thickets of elephant grass and short grasse
  • Tropical wet evergreen forests and
  • Tropical semi-evergreen forests. 

But, the main characteristics of flora in Kaziranga are the dense and tall elephant grass intermixed by small swamplands left behind by the receding floodwaters of the river Brahmaputra. The marshes of Kaziranga National Park have an abundant cover of water lilies, water hyacinth and lotus which provide beautiful look to the surroundings of the park. 

The common trees and shrubs are Albizia procera, Duabanga grandiflora, Lagerstroemia speciosa, Crateva unilocularis, Sterculia urens, Grewia serrulata, Mallotus philippensis, Bridelia retusa, Aphania rubra, Leea indica, and Lumbraculifera 

Fauna at the Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. It is universally acknowledged for its importance as one of the most recent intact habitat of the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. It is just because of the efforts taken by the conservation that the park today domiciles about 1,500 rhinos. Apart from rhinos it is also acts as a home to over 70 per cent of the world`s swamp or wild buffalo population. The rare swamp deer is also found here in Kaziranga. According to a recent census conducted in year 2000 it is stated that Kaziranga sustains over a 1,000 wild elephants and 450 species of wetland, grassland and woodland birds, of which 18 are globally threatened. The huge and continuously growing number of the rhinos in the park is a matter of concern for the conservationists; it is felt that an epidemic could smear out the entire population. They have suggested that some of the rhinos should be shifted to the other sanctuaries and parks of Assam. 

The moderate climatic conditions and the availability of food resources support the growth and survival of a exceptional and diverse wildlife in Kaziranga National Park. Apart from the Indian One-horned Rhinos, Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary also has a sizable population of the Wild Buffalos and Indian Elephants. The national park also shelters about 15 species of India’s endangered mammals. The herd of wild and untamed elephants, migrating from the Mikir hills to the bheels (marshes or ox-bow lakes) is a common sight. 

Wild Life Species

Apart from the above mentioned three, other most notable wildlife of Kaziranga National
Park has been categorized into Mammals, Reptiles and Birds.

Mammals

Reptiles

Birds

Kiomoi Must Dos

Kaziranga - Kiomoi Must Do’s

  • Visit the Picnic spot: Visit the Kakochang waterfall which is 13 km from Bokakhat in the Jorhat district of Assam and is famous as a beautiful picnic spot.
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  • Visit Numaligarh: Visit the ruins of the ancient Numaligarh (in the Golaghat district of Assam). These ruins are of great archaeological importance.
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  • Stroll: Stroll through the lush coffee and rubber plantations of the nearby Karbi Anglong.
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  • Shop: Buy some bamboo made items, as they are the most beautifully made exclusive items of this place.
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  • Visit the tribes: Visit the Karbi villages, meet the Karbi people, see the typical local architecture and observe their way of living.
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  • Spot: Spot the endangered trio of the park, the one horned Rhinos, Hoolock Gibbons and the Wild Buffalo.
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  • Birding: Kaziranga is known for the several species of birds including the migratory one. There are more then 250 species of birds found in the park.
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  • Elephant Safari: Enjoy elephant safari to roam around the western range of Kaziranga national park. The elephant grass over this part of the park is tall enough to hide an elephant.
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  • Jeep safari: Take Jeep Safari to explore the central region of the park. Tigers are one of the attractions of this area.
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  • Activities: Engage in various types of activities like fishing, rafting, bird watching and elephant rides at the Park.
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Birds in Kaziranga

The evenings amidst the green patches of dense thickets of India can surely be a unique notion to spend some of the most beautiful days in joyous mood. With the wide spread presence of wild life in India, the travelers reaching these mysterious pockets can surely trace the endangered species exclusively. Trapping the similar flavor, Kaziranga located on the Southern banks of the river Brahmaputra, in Assam, North East India, is generously the finest hub for exploring the different kinds of birds as well as wild life in India. In order to understand the real biological diversity of Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary, the travelers would need to flow in the spell binding chain of words. Going deep into the biological diversity, the Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary is impressively amazing.

Traversing further into the scampering greens, travelers can commence their journey by crossing Brahmaputra River abounded by Koliabhomora Bridge near Tezpur. The stopping gateway, generally known as Gajraj Point leads the trail to Kohora, from where the vacationers can surely dodge their foot steps for an adventurous ordeal in the well weaved tapestry of flora and fauna. Dotted with an abundance of wild life, this vivacious sanctum will greet the travelers with popping sounds of Long Tailed and Scarlet Minivets. Their nefarious activities may leave any one frozen in spell bounding mode for a few seconds, but after coming back to the senses, the other series of wild life activities could surely present the views fascinating to eyes as well ears. Moreover, if the young wild life enthusiasts would be fortunate enough they can take some of the best unseen pictures of Fairy Blue Birds, Parke Necked Tailor Bird and Blue Eared Barbet. While moving ahead, the low tapping sound of extinctive species like Golden Spectacled Warbler and Black Crested Bulbuls can immerse young travelers in the symphony of music created by their sweet voices.

While enjoying the different shades and eye feasting activities of birds, the well exposing tracts of pasture festooned with wild buffalos and single horned rhinos would marginally fuel the hearts with an adorable feeling of falling in love with the Mother Nature. Moreover, an inter mix of tall trees, astounding wild life and perched grass lands accompanied by the herd of a few isolated Elephants could knock the nerves to plan a blissful long weekend at some suitable Accommodation in Kaziranga. Set amidst the azure skies and panoramic threads of nature, the Hotels in Kaziranga are blessed with all facilities matching very well to the expectations of the discerning vacationers. Keeping attuned to the similar beliefs, Hotels in India carving a special niche amongst the travelers have always received great appreciation for its peerless dines facilities. The confluence of aromatic cuisines with an unmatchable hospitality standards and the wild blend complementing with the solace, is truthfully the most applauding feature exhibited by the Kaziranga Hotels nestled in the close proximity to the forest. Gls Resort Fuloguri Jakhalabandha, Emerald Resort, and Kaziranga Jungle Camp are some of the best suitable budget as well as luxurious hotels of the region where the vacationers can think of planning their most precious moments of life solely. For the bag packers seeking for some unique extravaganza could plan their entire trip during summers. It’s the only season when aspiring enthusiasts can see the flowers blossoming and young butterflies mating in extreme ecstasy.

During this rejuvenating stay, the travelers should not be too apprehensive about the transport facility. Being the most favorable destination for all aspiring vacationers, the travelers can board bus or taxi available at the near by the halt points. It generally takes 4 to 5 hours to reach this enriching wild life spot. But in case the gastronomical desires are tucking the bellies, then ‘Dhaba’—a small food joint on highway 37 can be the best option to satiate the stomach with relishing cuisines. After a week long stay, the travelers while returning from the sanctuary can finally unwind their tired soul at Debeswari terrain where they can easily spot the prolific siblings of Rhinos wallowing in the shallow waters.

Remembering each and every dimension of wonderful moments spent, the aspiring travelers visiting this destination in the coming years have to bear the affects of human intrusion at last. The adventurous enthusiasts may have weaved many dreams to embrace the real fun of jungle safari, but with the fast pace of development and wiping green covers their dreams may end in extreme disappointment. In short, today’s flourishing wild life might become an endangered patch of land. 

 

Excursions

Kaziranga Excursions & Getaways

There is not much to see near the national park except for the Kakochang water falls and Panbari Reserve Forest.

Kakochang waterfalls

Kakochang Waterfalls is situated about 13 kilometers away from Bokakhat in Jorhat District of Assam. It is located in between the Kaziranga National Park and the Bokakhat. It is a small picnic spot, which is known for striking views of the nature, along with the lush forests and breath-taking hills. One can see the ruins of the ancient Numaligarh from the park. The ruins are of great archaeological importance. 

Panbari Reserve Forest

The Panbari Reserve Forest is located just a few kilometers away from the east side of Kohora. A guard has to be hired from Kohara Base to enter into the Panbari. The whole trip of the forest can take upto 2 hours. This 10 square kilometers long patch is amongst the Kaziranga’s few remaining highland forest stretches. There are plenty of birds here especially the woodland varieties.

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Dos n Dont's

Kaziranga - Do’s and Don’ts at the Jungle

There are few things that one should keep in mind while visiting a jungle. Here is a small list of Do’s and Don’ts while on a wildlife excursion. 

Do’s

  • One should wear clothes which cover the legs and arms fully as you may come in contact with wild plants and insects, leading to severe allergies. Another good option will be to wear layers of clothes in the jungle.
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  • Be calm at all times in the jungle as this helps to relax the animals as well. Keep your excitement and enthusiasm under wraps.
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  • Always stay with your jungle guide and the group.
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  • Always carry the bare minimum things required. Avoid taking a lot of stuff in the jungle, some expeditions are exhausting and the extra equipments create a ruckus and also make you feel tired soon.
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  • Carry some basic medicines, in case you are allergic to animal fur or dust.
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  • Be prepared with a good camera and stock up on extra film before embarking on the expedition. Also, consult the jungle guide before taking pictures or shooting videos.
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  • One should carry insect and mosquito repellant creams, band-aids, water bottle, first aid kit, small torch, antiseptic creams, raincoats, personal hygiene products and the like.
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  • Maintaining absolute silence during elephant rides, during vehicle safari or wildlife watchtowers is advised. 

Don’ts

  • One cannot predict how the animals will behave once you feed them and stop. Also, it changes the eating habits of the creatures of the jungle.
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  • The jungle is home to several wild animals and it is best not to leave any litter behind, especially plastic.
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  • Do not be ignorant or lax if you observe irresponsible behavior on part of the staff or visitors and report the authorities as soon as possible.
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  • In an attempt to observe animals better, do not get too close. You will either scare them away or invite retaliation. Also, do not try to make friends with the wild animals in the jungle.
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  • The jungle is not the place for hearty conversations and discussions. Keep conversation restricted to the safari/expedition and avoid talking in a loud tone.
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  • Do not prance about collecting samples of stones, leaves and bird feathers in the jungle.
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  • It is not wise to bring infants and small children in the jungle as they often find it hard to retain calm thereby scaring away the shy animals.
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  • Do not create a ruckus while taking pictures and shooting videos. Keep the flash mode off and you will do everybody a favor.
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  • Avoid using and leaving behind any combustible substances in the jungle.
  • Do not carry cellphones in the jungle or keep them switched off during the course of the safari.
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  • Do not disturb or aggravate the animals by throwing stones and trying to grab their attention.
Shopping

Shopping in Kaziranga

Though Kaziranga is visited by the tourists in a large number but hardly anyone goes there for shopping. It is not actually a shopping destination in true sense. There are some markets in Kaziranga which are open on Wednesday and Saturday. The Kaziranga Arts & Crafts Centre is the best place for authentic Lepcha, Bhutanese and Sikkimese embroidered work on purses and dresses.

The nearest city is Guwahati where one can stop and shop instead of shopping in Kaziranga. There are several shopping joints in Guwahati as it is a major city in Assam. Here one can find a large variety of traditional handicrafts. Cane and bamboo crafts are a traditional handicraft in Assam. There are many shopping joints in Guwahati. Hang out at Fancy Bazaar, Paltan Bazaar, Ulubari, Ganeshavri and GNB Road, where you would find numerous private shopping outlets along side the government emporia.

Accommodations

Kaziranga Accommodations

Accommodation is not a problem if you have booked your rooms in advance. Even though there are plenty of comfortable accommodation options available but most of them are booked through out the year mostly by the foreigners. The accommodation available at the park is located in a straight line on the NH 37, which passes along the southern boundary of the park. Most of the accommodation facilities are sited at the Kohora and Baguri. A tourist has a wide array of accommodation types to opt from depending upon the requirements. 

The accommodation facilities consist of Forest rest houses, Bungalows, Lodges and Hotels. Also there are rest houses, dormitory and lodges maintained by the forest department and the ITDC. The hotels in the region are mostly of the category of jungle lodges and camps, which are in sync with the surrounding. The architecture is in very traditional style and ethnic but they are equipped with all the modern amenities to cater to your needs. One may not find the luxury accommodations at most of the hotels but they offer all-inclusive range of facilities which are vital for a comfortable stay.

 

Local City Expert

Kaziranga Local City Expert

 Dr. Bobyjeet Goswami,  Kiomoi`s Kaziranga Expert

Dr. Bobyjeet Goswami

Dr. Bobyjeet Goswami is a classic example of the fact that if you are passionate about travel and is strict and organized then it is not an obstacle into serious studies and can easily go together. Our Kaziranga Expert is a lecturer as well as into full time clinical reearch.  The reason why he has become associated with Kiomoi is for promoting expert responsible Tourism in Kaziranga as well as for the whole of North East India. His aim is to assist the visitors coming here to benefit  from his knowledge and passion for travel. 
 

 

Bank ATMs

Bank ATM’s in Kaziranga

State Bank of India

Diphu,
Karbi Anglong,
Assam.

Dhodar Ali Mariani,
Jorhat, Assam 

HDFC Bank

K.B. Road,
Jorhat, Assam 

Axis Bank

A T Road,
Chowkbazar,
Jorhat -785 001 

Bank of Baroda

Baruah Chariali
A.T. Road
Jorhat, Assam

Local Holidays

Kaziranga Local Holidays

ASSAM Public Holidays For 2009
Date Occasion
8th January *Muharram
14th & 15th January Magh Bihu & Tusu Puja
23rd January Netaji’s Birthday
26th January Republic Day
31st January Me-Dum-Me-Phi
2nd February Bir Chilarai Divas
11th March Dol Jatra
10th April Good Friday
14th, 15th, 16th April Bohag Bihu
1st May May Day
9th may Buddha Purnima
8th june Janmotsav of Sri Madhab Dev
15th August Independence Day
22nd August Tithi of Srimanta Sankar Dev
9th September Tithi of Sri Madhab De
11th September Janmastom
21st September Id-Ul-Fitre
25th, 26th, 27th & 28th September Durga Puja, Vijoya Dashami & Janmotsava of Srimanta Sankardev
2nd October Gandhi Jayanthi
3rd October Lakshmi Puja
17th October Kali Puja & Dewali
2nd November Guru Nanak’s Birthday
24th November Lachit Divas
28th November Id-Uz-Zuha
2nd December Asom Divas (Su-Ka-Pha Divas)
25th December Christmas
28th December *Muharram

*Subject to change depending upon sighting if the moon

Useful facts

Kaziranga Useful facts

State: Assam

Location: Jorhat on the banks of Brahmaputra River in Assam

Latitude: 26°30 N to 26°45 N

Longitude: 93°08 E to 93°36 E

Altitude: 80 meters

Area: 430 sq. km.

Nearest town: Bokakhat (23 km)

International Airport: At Kolkata (1182 km) from Guwahati

Nearest Airport: Jorhat, 97 km; Guwahati, 240 km

Nearest Railway Station: Furkating, 75 km; Jorhat, 97 km

Bus Stand: Kohora on NH37 is the main gate for Kaziranga. NH 37 connects Guwahati with Jorhat.

Best time to visit: November to April.

Languages spoken: - Assamese, Hindi & English

Clothing: Cottons in summer and light woolens in winter

Rainfall: 2300mm

STD Code: 036776

Nearest Hospital: The Christian Medical Centre at Jorhat (97km)

Park Timings: 7:30 am to 4 pm

Tourist Offices

Kaziranga Tourist Information Centers

Director,

Kaziranga National Park
PO Bokahat
Dist - Golaghat, Assam, India 

Joint Director of Tourism, Kaziranga

P.O Kaziranga National Park
District Jorhat, Assam – 785612 

Office of the Dy Resident Commissioner,

Govt of Arunachal Pradesh
RG Baruah Road, Bhaskar Nagar
Guwahati 

Directorate of Tourism

Govt of Assam
Station Road, Guwahati 

Assam Tourism information Office

MG Road, Jorhat 

Dy Director of Tourism

Tourist Information Center
Govt of Assam
B -1, Baba Kharak Singh Marg
Emporia Complex, New Delhi-1

Holiday Check List

Kaziranga - Holiday Check List

Those hills, rivers, beaches, forts, pilgrimages send tempting vibes!!! While you have made up your mind on these holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a fleeting glance at the things-you-do prior to your travel date. Here is the list: 

Before leaving your house

  • Empty your letter box
  • Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
  • Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
  • Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
  • Clear out the fridge.
  • Switch off the electric appliances
  • Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
  • Lock doors and windows
  • Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
  • Carry traveler’s cheque or ATM cards
  • Pay all due bills
  • Turn off gas/water
  • Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
  • Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice 

Packing your luggage

  • Woollen/cotton clothing
  • Extra towels
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Night wears
  • Raincoats
  • Wrappers
  • Bath robes
  • Jumper and track suits 

Equipment

  • Battery Charger
  • Camera
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Torch/Emergency Light
  • Headphones 

Miscellaneous

  • Brochures or holiday book
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
  • Film rolls and digital chargers
  • Ear Plugs
  • Watch
  • Umbrellas
  • Address Book
  • Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
Weather

Weather at Kaziranga

  Maximum Minimum
Summer 38°C 23°C
Winters 25°C 5°C

Monsoon - June to August

Summer - April to June

Winter - December to February

Rainfall - Mean annual rainfall is about 2220 mm 

During the summers the temperature is high shooting up as high as 38°C. Generally the summers are dry and windy starting from mid-February to May. The minimum temperature noted during the period is 7°C.
The monsoon season begins from May and ending up in September when the climate is warm and humid. Every year during the monsoons the Brahmaputra River overflows, flooding the low-lying grasslands and as result the animals migrate to higher areas within the Kaziranga National Park. These seven months i.e. May to October are considered as the off season and the sanctuary is closed.


During the winter months i.e. from November to mid-February the weather is mild and dry. The maximum and minimum temperatures during the season are observed to be 25°C and 5°C respectively. November to April is considered as the best time to visit the Kaziranga National Park.