My Kaziranga Tour
My Kaziranga tour was one of the most memorable tours I can remember, even of today.Back in 2011, I was excited to travel with my family as my father revealed a Kaziranga tour which he had planned for our summer vacations. The Kazironga Rastrio Udyan or best known as the Kaziranga National Park situated in the Golaghat, KarbiAnglong and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam. Kaziranga National Park is considered one of the best places to visit in Assam. It helps to promote the Northeastern Biodiversity and also promotes Assam tourism.
On the way
The next morning we woke up at around 4.00, got all the essentials for the trip ready and the rented car reached our home exactly at 4.40 and by 5.00 we hit the road for a drive of 165 km approx. to the national park from our hometown of Dimapur, Nagaland. We reached the park at around 9.00 in the morning and we had to go through security checking at the check gate. After the checking was done, we got our tickets to enter the park and I was excited because my Kaziranga tour has finally started. Kaziranga National Park stretches upon a lush greenery of 378 sq km, and mostly famous for the great one-horned rhinoceroses.
Kaziranga- An integral part of Assam tourism
A tourist guide who was a local out there was hired by us. His name was Shambu. He spoke fluent Assamese and Hindi with us. He was a go to for the trip and he managed all the areas which were to be covered by us for the sight-seeing. We also had to change our vehicle and book a jeep inside the park for the sight-seeing. The national park was filled with ecological and wild aspects of nature which gave us a pleasant sight to see the greenery and wildlife of the ecosystem of Assam. Further as we entered the Park, we saw a pack of tigers lying down under a large banyan tree. We were told by the guide to maintain a safe distance and not to get out of our vehicle and maintain complete silence as we watch the tigers lying down peacefully and some of them playing with each other. Further we saw water buffaloes, different kind of bird species, elephants, one-horned rhinoceroses and more of the nature’s creations and the beauty of Assam’s biodiversity.
The beautiful Kaziranga tour and some tasty food!
It was 3 past 10 in the afternoon and we started starving as the breakfast was quite light with just two chappatis and sabji which mom had packed for the road. So we took a lunch break and went out of the park to enjoy some local Assamese cuisine at a local dhaba out there. Just few meters outside the park we saw a local dhaba that attracted all sorts of tourists that made us wonder how the food was. We also saw that the dhaba was a very well maintained and hygienic one so we didn’t hesitate and further went in to check out the menu there. We saw the menu and ordered for the veg special thali for all of us. After 15 minutes of hunger wait, we saw the waiter approaching towards us with our thalis and we were mesmerized by the aroma of all the dishes which were served in the thali and the serving was quite artistic too. We couldn’t wait to eat and as the waiter served all the thalis we jumped over the food which was so yummy and later finished the lunch with an ice cream ordered later.
After the lunch was over, the sun began to set and it was getting dark, so we had to leave. As a child I was really upset then to know the fact that it was time to leave so early and it felt like I was yet to explore the beauty of the park and know more about nature. But it was time, and then the next moment we left for our hometown bidding the park a goodbye.