Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park lies on the south bank of the Brahamaputra and its
boundary for the most part follows the Mora Diphlu river and runs parallel to
National Highway No. 37. It covers an area of 688 sq. kilometres. The Park was
first established in 1908, as a reserve forest with only abouta dozen rhinos and
was declared a National Park in 1974.
Kaziranga is famous for the great One-Horned Rhinos. Tigers which are natural
enemies of rhinos are also there in sizable numbers in this area. Other
attractions of this national park include the wild buffalo, magnificent swamp
deer, hog deer, wild boar, Hoolok gibbon, capped langur and ratel (badger).
A wide variety of snakes including the rock python and the monitor lizardars
also found here. Amongst the birds, the crested serpent eagle is common while
palla's fishing eagle and gray headed fishing eagle are frequently seen. Others
include the Bengal floricab, bar-headed goose, whistling teal and pelican.
Mihimukh is the starting area for the park and elephants can be hired from
here to enter the sanctuary.