After reading about Kaziranga National Park in Michael Palin’s travel masterpiece Around the World in 80 Days I have been dreaming to visit this national park located in Assam, a state of India where nature and wildlife unfolded tremendously. I searched on net and when I got a link of the Wildlife tour in India featuring tour to Kaziranga National park, immediately I called the travel agent in Delhi. After going through the budget and itinerary I booked my Kaziranga wildlife packages as it also includes the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati and Shillong, the hilly capital of Meghalaya state.
I have heard about menstruation of mother earth known as Ambubachi Mela which is celebrated in Kamakhya temple of Guwahati. So as my itinerary included this temple visit I couldn’t stop my zeal. After visiting the temple I drove to Kaziranga National park and reached after 5 hours. My tour operator already booked an eco resort near the park. I reached the eco hotel in the evening and I took rest completely for the first night. On the first night I had a delicious dinner. It was not spicy like the typical Indian food and I came to know that the food habit of the people of the north-eastern part is different from other parts of India.
In the early morning I started the jeep safari with an official guide of the park. The park is too big to explore in a single jeep safari. I felt I penetrated more to the dense forest through trails used by the forest guards. It is in the region of tropical rain forest and in the monsoon this area witnesses heavy rainfall. Earlier I had been in India to view wildlife but this Wildlife travel in India was quite thrilling and memorable. It was in true sense a wildlife tour. I spotted deer, monkeys, cats, birds throughout the road but the most enthralling was to me when I saw a herd of one-horned rhinos in the grasslands. I knew well Kaziranga alone houses the 70% population of one-horned rhinos of the world. It was common in Kaziranga; I had seen almost 15 rhinos in the park.