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Tourist Places To Visit In Kaziranga National Park
Spread across a sprawling 430 sq. km the Kaziranga National Park is the pride of Assam and a highly coveted tourist destination. While the chief attraction is undoubtedly the one-horned rhino and the Tiger Reserve, there is no dearth of places in and around Kaziranga waiting to be explored. From tea estates to waterfalls, here is a list of best tourist places to visit in Kaziranga.
One-Horned Rhino and Tiger Reserves
The major attraction that draws thousands of tourists to the national park is the endangered one-horned rhino. Kaziranga is the world’s sole natural habitat for these animals and it is a delight to spot them in action. There are approximately 2200 rhinos inhabiting the park. Over time the tiger population has also increased considerably in Kaziranga and in 2006 it was declared as a Tiger Reserve. There are over 100 tigers to be found roaming the wild forests.
Kaziranga National Orchid and Biodiversity Park
When in Kaziranga, one can’t certainly give the orchid park a miss. It is a must visit destination as the park is one of the biggest of its kind. Presently it boasts of housing 500 varieties of orchids which have been collected from different regions of the North East. One can also come across different species of leafy vegetables, canes and bamboos as well. In the evenings, the orchid park hosts a cultural program for its visitors where the latter are treated to the local bamboo and Bihu dance. It is an opportunity to soak in the culture of the state.
Located at mere distance of 14 km from Kaziranga, the Kakochang Waterfall boasts of beautiful serene surroundings. It is an opportunity to indulge in some natural therapy by soaking in the clean water of the falls. It is also a popular stoppage for trekkers.
The first island district of India and the world’s largest riverine island, Majuli is an enchanting place with its alluring beauty. Located about 154 km from the national park, a few hours drive to Majuli is worth the time and effort. It has some holy sites like Garmur and Kamalabari Satra where one can soak in the peace and calmness one feels here.
Sibsagar or Rangpur located 170 km from the park is famous for its monuments and architectural beauty. Talatal Ghar, Joysagar Tank and temples like Jeydol, Devi Ghar and Shiv temple located on the banks of the river are the major attractions. There is the Ahom Museum which contains information about the dynasty that ruled Assam for years.
Jorhat Tea Estate
Assam and tea plantations are synonymous. And a visit to one of the sprawling tea estates has to feature in one’s itinerary. The Tocklai Tea Research Institute in Jorhat, situated near Tocklai River is a 116 km drive from Kaziranga. A leisurely stroll through the gardens is enough to revive one’s senses. It is also an opportunity to learn about the different research activities that are being undertaken to improve the quality of tea that is produced.
This is a place famous for the myth of birds committing suicide. It is a little far from the national park as compared to the other places, around 277 km but can be visited if tourists have sufficient time to explore. The myth is not true but it is believed that the birds crash into the tall bamboo trees in the darkness of the night which often kills them. To feed your curiosity, you can pay a visit to Jatinga.