Kaziranga National Park, recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO, was established in 1940. One of the most visited wildlife reserves of India, Kaziranga figures quite often on the itinerary of discerning tourists from around the world. It is divided into three parts: the western, central and eastern regions. The central part is the Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary where one of the last creatures of the prehistoric age, the rhinoceros lives.
Spread across 430 sq km, it is also home to tigers, elephants, panthers, bears and thousands of birds. The forests in these areas are grasslands with tall thickets of elephant grass. Nearby the park are tea and coffee gardens, rubber gardens and the villages of Mikir tribals. Strolling through the gardens, one can relish the village life and natural beauty of Kaziranga.
The forest department organizes elephant safaris into the sanctuary. Forest rest houses and tourist lodges run by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) are available for the use of visitors. The best time for visiting Kaziranga is from November to April. Tourist taxis for Kaziranga are available from Guwahati,
Jorhat and Golaghat. Foreigners have to seek prior permission to visit Kaziranga from the Government of India Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Chennai.
Located along the highway, Kaziranga is easily accessible by rail, road, and air to the rest of the country. The National Highway 37 runs through the city. Jorhat Civil Air Terminal is the nearest airport from Kaziranga. Furkating Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead, 75 km away.