on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Kaziranga covers an area of
approximately 430 Sq. kms with its swamps and tall thickets of elephant
grass making it the ideal habitat for the Indian one-horned. The vast open
country makes Kaziranga very accessible and wildlife viewing fairly
pleasurable. Here one can leave in the early hours of the dawn for an
One could see wild elephant herds roaming around or rhinos browse past
visitors unconcernedly. Since Kaziranga is easily accessible, it provides a
chance to see animals in the wild at close quarters, thus making a trip to
this National Park a very rewarding experience. The Park lies in the flood
plains of the Brahmaputra River,. The Kabri Angling Hill ranges rise around
the park pressing it against the Brahmaputra River, flowing as its northern
boundary. Into the soup plate between the river and the ranges, flow several
rivulets. They bring down rich silt and sand, spread in small lakes, silt up
the lakes to make swamp and marshes, alluvial grasslands rising to alluvial
Savannah woodlands; and then as the land loses its moisture with height,
rise to mixed deciduous forests and finally, to tropical evergreen forests.
It is believed that if nature had not designed such a breathtakingly
beautiful habitat, it would have been extremely difficult for man to create
a national park with such natural diversities suited to a diverse range of
animal species. Kaziranga is the stronghold of the one horned rhinoceros.
There are over 1000 rhinos in this reserve.
The wild elephant, another exotic animal of the region and often-found in
herds number over 700 here. The wild buffalo is another attraction of the
reserve and again there are over 6oo of these in the reserve. The mouse
deer, the hog deer, barking deer, chinkara gazelle, bears, leopards, leopard
cat, wild boars and the gaur are to be found here besides a variety of the
primate family. The bird life of Kaziranga is typical of the north-eastern
Foothill of India.
The highlight of the bird life here are the sights of hundreds and hundreds
of Pelicans, which breed here. The other birds commonly found here are
Crested Serpent eagle, Pallas fishing eagle, grey - headed fishing eagle,
swamp partridges, red jungle fowl, Bengal florican, bar headed goose,
whistling teal, egrets, herons, black - necked stork, and open billed stork.
reserve is known to have India's Friendliest tigers Assured of protection,
these nocturnal creatures are seen often in the day. Sprawled on the
Aravalli and Vindhya ranges of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park
encompasses an area of 410 sq km in which live a healthy population of about
40 tigers. A large number of deer inhabit the area and leopards are
occasionally sighted .The Pandam Taloa lake, located adjacent to the jogi
Mahal hunting lodge, is the park's favorite water source. Smaller pools at
Raj Bagh and Milak also attract a variety of wild life The best way to
explore Ranthambore is in open jeeps or in open vans, as the park is well
connected by arterial roads and tracks Mammals of Ranthambhore: Tiger,
Panther, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital,
Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Indian hare mongoose . Birds Of Ranthambhore:
Bonelli's eagle, crested serpent eagle, great Indian horned owl, grey
partridge sandgrouse, quail, spurfowl, common peafowl, tree pie, paradise
flycatcher, pheasant tailed jacana, painted stork, black stork, spoonbill,
green pigeon, ducks.