When I think about Assam, I think about all the pure and virgin green lands and picturesque background covered with tea gardens. Such a beauty of nature it is! I have been to Assam once before but this one particular trip I will never forget when I randomly decided to go on a break to the land of green pastures. It was late monsoons and Assam is the right place to be in monsoon if you love rains and those chilly winds that follow. For me it was such a perfect get away from Bangalore’s hot summer.
Because it was a random plan, it was a total wanderlust. Covering the lengths and breadths of the beautiful state I finally reached my destination- Kaziranga National Park because I absolutely love wildlife and wanted to see the single horned rhinoceros. I booked a cab from Guwahati till the park and it is was a 5 Hours drive (228Kms) but one can avail bus services also that could be a cheaper option.
On reaching Kaziranga, I checked into Aranya Tourist Hotel by the Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited. It’s a reasonable hotel with beautiful gardens which houses peacocks and cows and ducks.
They also have a traditional Assamese performance in the evening post dinner. But the key highlight to the trip was the safari’s and I had booked 3 of them for the next day J
You can either pick Elephant Safari or a Jeep Safari, I tried both & would recommend the Elephant safari because you get to see the beauty of the nature so closely getting involved with it. And the cost difference isn’t that much either. I took my first safari at 5:30 in the morning and the rains the previous night made the experience so beautiful, I felt like I was walking in the clouds. The whole experience of climbing on the elephant & entering the thick of the forest was just mind blowing.
When our group of elephants reached inside the long grassed jungle near the Brahmaputra River we saw the most magnificently beautiful creature grazing grass. Yes, it was Kaziranga’s most prized possession and the reason why UNESCO has made it a World Heritage site- The one horned Rhinocores. They were right in front of us, some grazing, some chilling in the puddle, some others feeding the baby rhinos. Oh, what a beautiful sight that was!
We got to see Wild Elephants, Bisons, Wild Buffalos,, Deers and so many other animals on our way to explore the park.
It felt so good to move away from the hustle bustle of the city. And such random plans make life so worthwhile.
When are you planning on taking your next spontaneous trip?