Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park, India

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga in North East India is a stunning park with a great conservation success story for the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Not only the homeland of the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, but the park also provides shelter to a variety of other wildlife from wild elephant to leopard, jungle cat and otter.

A lesser-visited park due to its location, it offers those who make the journey there a very rewarding experience. Jeep safaris are easily arranged and less restrictive than those in the Central Indian Parks; however, elephant safaris have been suspended for visitors at the park until further notice.

Jeep safaris will remain operational but will be subject to favourable weather and road conditions during the monsoon.

Rhino, Kaziranga National Park, India
Kaziranga National Park, India
Male Asian Elephant, Kaziranga National Park, India
Kaziranga National Park, India
Indian Roller, Kazirange National Park, India
Indian Roller, Kazirange National Park, India

Conservation Success

Since 2015 the number of rhinos has increased in Kaziranga National Park, as has the tiger population, with more sightings of cubs. Of the 167 tigers counted in Assam, more than 125 are believed to be at the Kaziranga National Park. Around 20 tiger cubs have been sighted in different pockets of the park. Although offering the highest density of tiger in India, the lush undergrowth and foliage make them harder to spot. Most visitors to Kaziranga go to experience the beauty of the landscape, the incredible birdlife and see wild elephant and one-horned rhino.

Swamp Deer, Kaziranga National Park, India
Kaziranga National Park, India
Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga National Park, India
Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga National Park, India
Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga National Park, India
Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga National Park, India

How to get to Kaziranga

Kaziranga is accessed by a flight from Delhi or Kolkata to Guwahati, followed by a four-hour drive. A visit to Kaziranga is also included in cruise itineraries so it is possible to visit the park during a boat cruise on the Brahmaputra River. The accommodation options at Kaziranga are limited but Diphlu Lodge manages to offer a simple but comfortable stay.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Diphlu River Lodge £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Nestled on the banks of the Diphlu River, environmentally friendly Diphlu River Lodge is our first choice when visiting Kaziranga National Park.

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ABN Sukapha £££££

  • India

The ABN Sukapha cruises the length of the Ganges, with durations ranging from three to eight nights. Each of the 12 cabins is equally roomy with comfortable chairs positioned by the picture windows for relaxing in privacy. The spacious saloon has French windows opening onto a front balcony deck and the dining room has glass doors down each side. There is a large sundeck offering the opportunity to relax on comfortable cane rattan chairs and sun loungers. In addition, ABN Sukapha has a small spa.

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ABN Charaidew II £££££

  • India

The ABN Charaidew II entered service in 2019 and brings a boutique option to the Brahmaputra. There are 18 comfortable cabins in total, all with French balconies. Accommodating a maximum of 34 passengers, with an equal number of crew, the ship provides a high level of attentive service.

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ABN Rajmahal £££££

  • India

Newly built for service on the Hooghly and Ganges, the Rajmahal has been built with a shallow draft to cope with low waters. A larger boat with 22 cabins split between upper and main deck, the Rajmahal has a small spa and a vast canopied sundeck, complimenting the communal areas, which are all in keeping with traditional Indian-inspired design. The first vessel of its kind to offer extensive cruising between Calcutta and as far north as Varanasi, the Rajmahal is a welcome fresh face on the Hooghly and Ganges, with top-end facilities.

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