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Kaziranga National Park

USA, Oregon, Ashland, 6 year old Christian Rego aka Buddy Backpacker hikes a section of the Pacific Crest Trail near Ashland Oregon with his mom Andrea Rego and Dion, Christian will be the youngest hiker to complete the Pacific Crest Trail in a single season

Approach Guwahati is 215 km. from Kohora, the entry point of the sanctuary.
Altitude:
65m
Annual rainfall: 2,300 mm, heavy in summer
Best season: Nov-mid April.
Closed : Mid April-mid October during monsoons
Clothing: cottons but carry a jacket for sudden cool weather. Woollens in winter.

Background

On the banks of the Brahmaputra, the park occupies 430 sq, kms. combining elephant grass with thorny rattan cane, areas of semi-evergreen forests and shallow swamps. The Karbi Anglong Hills rise south of the park, while the river forms its north boundary. There are a number of rivulets which flow down to the flood plain, bringing down rich silt and spreading out into shallow lakes called bheels. The habitat varies from marshes to grassland, woodland, rising to moist deciduous forests and finally to tropical semi evergreen forests.

Wildlife

Kaziranga was declared a game reserve in 1926, to save the Indian one-horned rhino which had become threatened with extinction at the turn of the century. The present rhino population is over 1,100 (although poachers still kill the animal for its horn) and you can easily see them in the marshes and grasslands. The park also harbours wild buffalo, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer, wild pig, hoolock gibbon, elephants, pythons and tiger, the only predator of the docile rhino. There is a rich variety of shallow-water fowl including egrets, pond herons, river terns, black-necked stork, fishing eagles and adjutant storks which breed in the park and a pelicanry. The grey pelicans nest in tall trees near the village and there are otters and dolphins in the river.

Viewing

Trained elephants may be hired for seeing the game reserve. Whereas the elephants cover less ground than motor vehicles, they can get a lot closer to the wildlife, particularly rhinos and buffalo, than the vehicles. Kaziranga has jeeps for hire. Climate summer Max 35 C, Min. 18 C
Winter Max 24 C, Min 7 C