The state of Assam in the North East of India, is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Kaziranga and Manas National Parks. While both the parks are known for their tiger populations, Kaziranga is well known as it hosts the One Horned Rhinoceros and the Asiatic Elephant as well. The One Horned Rhino is a specie which is endemic to India with these forests of North East India as the last strongholds for these iconic mammals. Once at the brink of extinction, the Indian One Horned Rhino conservation project scripted one of the most successful conservation case studies in Asia and today rhinos thrive in the swamps and grasslands of Kaziranga showcasing that wildlife and the habitats if given adequate protection can spring back to dazzle a landscape.
Manas on the other hand is important as rare, endangered and endemic wildlife is found in its jungles, including the Pygmy Hog, Golden Langur and the Asiatic Golden Cat. The Wild North East Tour aims to give you the opportunity to diversify and increase your wildlife portfolio with a chance to track and photograph these varied and rare species.
These Nature Wanderers recommended itineraries would help you to plan your photography expedition for the one horned rhino and the other magnificent wildlife of North East India.
Tour Itinerary - KAZIRANGA + MANAS
DAY 1 (Travel): From Delhi, you travel to Guwahati by air. Upon reaching Guwahati, you travel to Kaziranga by road. After reaching, you check in to your hotel and rest for the day.
DAY 2- DAY 4: Kaziranga offers both Jeep and Elephant safaris depending on your reference. Since the forest has tall elephant grass in large parts, it is advisable to be on the elephant for some of the safaris.
After a steaming cup of coffee or tea, you leave for your morning safari. Once you are back at the hotel and post breakfast, you get to rest till your afternoon safari. Post lunch you will leave for the forest again till evening. Upon your return, evenings will be spent in the hotel.
DAY 5 (TRAVEL): You go for your regular morning safari. After you come back, you check out and leave for Guwahati by road. Stay overnight at Guwahati.
DAY 6 (TRAVEL): Early morning you start for Manas by road from Guwahati. Upon reaching your hotel, you check in and leave for an afternoon jeep safari post lunch.
DAY 7- DAY 9: Your mornings will begin early with an elephant safari inside the jungle. Once you are back, you have breakfast, freshen up and rest. You can also spend your time exploring the riverbanks on foot. Post lunch, you leave for your afternoon drive. The afternoon safaris will be jeep safaris. Upon your return, your evenings will be spent at the hotel.
DAY 10 (TRAVEL): Depart early morning for Guwahati by road. Reach Guwahati airport and fly to Delhi by the evening flight.
From Delhi: Arrival at Delhi airport early morning and take a flight to Guwahati. From Guwahati, travel by road to Kaziranga (193 kms, 3hrs 40 mins)
Home to the famous One Horned Rhinoceros, Kaziranga is a stunning landscape on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river. Dotted with swampy lagoons, elephant grass meadows and thick forest cover, Kaziranga is also known for its Asiatic Elephant population as well as the Asiatic Water Buffalo. Located in a hotspot of biodiversity at the edge of the Eastern Himalayas, the largest population of the One Horned Rhinoceros in the world can be found here. The Asiatic Elephants roam around in the meadows and if you are lucky, you can get a tiger in the frame as well. The robust Water Buffalos with their huge horns are found in and around the marshy lagoons and water bodies which are plenty in these forests. The park has also been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is divided into four major ranges. Kaziranga offers both jeep and elephant safaris.
Safari Timings in KAZIRANGA
- 5:30 am – 7:30 am (one hour shift each)
From Kaziranga: By road back to Guwahati. Overnight stay in Guwahati. Next day travel to Manas by road (148 kms, 3:30 hrs)
Manas National Park is a Tiger and an Elephant reserve, getting its name from the Manas river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, which flows through its jungles. With dense forests, thick undergrowth and vast grasslands, this park is situated in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. This is the only place in the world where there is a distinct merging of two different kinds of grasslands. Along with a thriving population of Royal Bengal Tigers, these evergreen forests are home to many rare species, including Red Pandas, Golden Langurs, Asiatic Golden Cat, Clouded Leopard and the elusive Black Panther as well. The One Horned Rhinoceros and Asiatic Elephants are also a part of the park fauna.
SAFARI TIMINGS IN MANAS NATIONAL PARK
5:30 am – 4:30 pm