1908: Kaziranga Reserve Forest was confirmed.
1950: Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary was affirmed.
1974: Official recognition of Kaziranga National Park was confirmed on 1st January.
1985: UNESCO declared Kaziranga National Park as a World Natural Heritage Site.
2006: Recognition of Kaziranga Tiger Reserve was affirmed.
Earlier until 2016, Kaziranga visiting period started from 1st week of November and ended on last week of April. On rare occasions, the closing date of the park was likely to get changed (earlier than 30th April) within a short notice issued by the Management Authority depending upon sudden heavy rainfall starting from mid April. Such occurrence is very unpredictable due to advent of Monsoon in the region.
The new Kaziranga tourist season 2016 onwards is from October to May.
From June to September, the park remains completely closed for the visitors.
1st October 2017
31st May 2018
Note: The best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is from February to April. Kaziranga National Park opening date 2017 is 1st October. (Read news here > Assam: Kaziranga National Park to close for visitors due to increased rainfall and heat
Elephant safari inside the national park is available every year from 1st October to 31st May. The morning session of elephant safari is held in two groups - the 1st ride starts from 5.15 am to 6.15 am while the second batch of ride starts from 6.15 am to 7.15 am. In rarest occurrences, the Kaziranga National Park Management Authority offers a third batch of Elephant ride from 7.15 am to 8.15 am for the tourists depending upon the number of visiting guests. Due to certain unavoidable reasons, the afternoon session of elephant safari which was scheduled earlier for one hour from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm has been closed for tourists.
During the months from June to September, when the national park remains closed, elephant joy ride outside the national park is also available for the visitors.
Jeep safari is offered from 1st October to 31st May. The safari would be available in the months of May and October too. Morning session of Jeep safari starts from 7.00 am while the evening session starts from 1.30 pm. Normally, jeep safari inside Kaziranga National Park lasts for maximum 2 (two) hours.
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Central Range (Kohora)
Mihimukh -- Kathpora -- Daphlang -- Diphlu River Bank -- Mona Beel -- Karasing & return
Western Range (Bagori)
Donga beel -- Roumari -- Raja Pukhuri -- Mona Beel & return
Eastern Range (Agaratoli)
Agaratoli -- Sohola Beel -- Rang Gaon Motia -- Maklung -- Turturoni -- Dhoba & return
Burhapahar Range (Ghorakati)
Ghorakati -- Potahi Beel -- Diphlu -- Phulaguri -- Tunikati & return
Kukurkata Reserve Forest
Kukurkata Reserve Forest under Burhapahar range is the most popular and only trek open for visitors. Trekking distance covers 11 kilometres to and fro from Natundenga to Baneswar Shiva Temple.
Panbari Reserve Forest
Panbari Reserve Forest under Bokakhat Beat is another trekking route in Kaziranga National Park. The route is 5 kilometres long and currently closed for tourists.
Country boat ride near Kaziranga National Park premise in the mighty Brahmaputra River is available in the Eastern Range (Agaratoli) point. A country boat ride is a popular activity among adventurous tourists for Gangetic River Dolphin viewing.
For administrative purpose, Kaziranga National Park is divided into five ranges. Out of them, four zones are open for tourists -- Central Range Kohora, Western Range Bagori, Eastern Range Agaratoli and Burhapahar Range Ghorakati. The newly added North Bank range under Biswanath Range Office is not a tourist hotspot yet.
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Kaziranga National Park lies in India Time Zone / Indian Standard Time (IST) zone, i.e, 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Though entire nation follows Indian Standard Time (IST), sun rise and sun set timing in North-East India region (Kaziranga in Assam and North East India) is 60 to 90 minutes ahead from Delhi, Mumbai and any other states in India.
October: Sun Rise time is from 5.32 am to 5.52 am and Sun Set time is from 4.41 pm to 4.31 pm.
November: Sun Rise time is from 5.32 am to 5.52 am and Sun Set time is from 4.41 pm to 4.31 pm.
December: Sun Rise time is from 5.53 am to 6.10 am and Sun Set time is from 4.31 pm to 4.42 pm.
January: Sun Rise time is from 6.10 am to 6.08 am and Sun Set time is from 4.42 pm to 5.05 pm.
February: Sun Rise time is from 6.07 am to 5.48 am and Sun Set time is from 5.06 pm to 5.24 pm.
March: Sun Rise time is from 5.47 am to 5.16 am and Sun Set time is from 5.24 pm to 5.39 pm.
April: Sun Rise time is from 5.15 am to 4.47 am and Sun Set time is from 5.40 pm to 5.54 pm.
May: Sun Rise time is from 4.50 am to 5.10 am and Sun Set time is from 5.40 pm to 5.54 pm.
Kaziranga National Park experiences three seasons every year -- Summer, Monsoon and Winter. Summer season prevails in the region from February to May. The hot and humid monsoon weather prevails in Assam from June to early September. During monsoon, entire Kaziranga National Park area gets flooded by the overflown water of Brahmaputra River every year. Consequently, most of the animals migrate from the plains of the national park to elevated and forest regions of Karbi hills in search of food and shelter. In Kaziranga, the weather in November to February is mild and dry. During day hours, temperature remains below 25°C resulting in cool and pleasant weather for the visitors while temperature drops down to maximum 7°C at night. The average temperature during summer around Kaziranga National Park is 32°C and in winter it goes down to 10°C. The average annual rainfall in the region is 160 cm.
To know about the current weather forecast in and around Kaziranga National Park, please visit: Current Weather in Kaziranga (External Link)
Woolen clothing during winter (from November to February) and cotton outfit during rest of the year are suitable. Visitors should wear sober coloured attire like olive-green, khaki, brown, grey etc. inside the national park to avoid unwanted attention from wild animals. Wearing bright coloured clothes like red, white and black inside the park is not advisable at any moment of the tour.
Kaziranga National Park is located on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River covering an area of 430 sq. kilometers in the districts of Golaghat and Nagaon in the North Eastern state of Assam. Kaziranga's distance from Guwahati is 217 kilometres while Kaziranga distance from Guwahati Airport (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport) is about 245 kilometres. Kaziranga National Park's distance from Jorhat is 88 kilometres. Distance from Kaziranga National Park to Shillong is calculated at 280 kilometres.
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– The nearest International Airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi (LGB) International Airport in Guwahati, connected with all major cities of India by frequent flights. The airport is ranked third among all the International Airports established in India and 75th in the world as recognized by the Airport Council International. Besides, the nearest domestic airport is in Jorhat town located at a distance of 96 kilometers from Kaziranga.
– Guwahati Railway Station, being a major railway junction of North-East, connected with all major cities of India by superfast trains is 4 & 1/2 hours drive from Kaziranga National Park. The nearest railway station is Furcating Junction in Golaghat district located at a distance of 75 kilometers from Kaziranga.
– Kaziranga National Park is situated at a distance of 217 kilometres from Guwahati city (245 kilometres from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati). Our efficient drivers will take about 4 & 1/2 hours to drop you at Kaziranga from Guwahati Airport / Railway Station.