India Kaziranga Extension 2019
March 2019 (6 days)
Dates28 Mar 2019 - 2 Apr 2019
Tour LeaderAdam Walleyn
Tour Size8 Participants & 1 Rockjumper Wildlife guide
Start LocationDelhi and transfer to Kolkata
Flight Cost (Approximate)TBA
Spaces AvailableSpaces Available
End LocationGuwahati to Delhi and depart
Type of TourWildlife
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Day 14: Arrival in Kolkata and overnight
For those of you who are joining the One-horned Rhinoceros Extension you will transfer to Delhi airport from where we will fly to Kolkata and spend the night before the start of this extension.
Day 15: Kolkata to Kaziranga via Guwahati
Today we leave Kolkata as we fly to Guwahati. Upon arrival at Guwahati, we will transfer by road to Kaziranga National Park – this drive takes approximately 3 hours.
Home to the densest concentrations of game within the subcontinent, Kaziranga National Park can easily boast a comparison to the plains of East Africa. The park is set against the impressive backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas and is comprised of mainly riverine grassland bordered by forested areas. The vast expanse of the park stretches from the banks of the Brahmaputra River to the dense forests of the Mikir Hills.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga is famous for its healthy populations of armour-plated Great Indian Rhinoceros (One-horned Rhinoceros), heavily muscled Gaur (Indian Bison) and troops of Asian Elephant. Kaziringa’s other star mammal is the splay-horned Water Buffalo, and although the domesticated version of this species is quite common in India, its wild cousin is now one of India’s rarest mammals.
Days 16 – 18: Kaziranga
Early each morning we set off on an elephant safari, and in the afternoon in an open jeep for some up close and personal encounters with Rhinos and viewing these otherworldly creatures in the morning mist makes for thrilling encounters.
Though we would need to be lucky to come across Tiger, they do occur in good numbers and form the only natural enemy of the Indian Rhinoceros. Other predators include Leopard, Sloth Bear and various species of smaller cats, mongoose, civets, foxes and weasels. Besides the typical Indian mammals, we will search for the endangered Swamp Deer known as Barasingha, Hog Deer and Assamese Macaque. The Gangetic Dolphin may also be encountered on the larger rivers.
A visit to Panbari Forest allows an opportunity to find India’s only ape, the Hoolock Gibbon. The whooping romantic duet of these canopy swinging songsters is perhaps one of the most evocative sounds of these Indian rainforests. Capped Langurs are common but we would be very fortunate to find any of the other specialist forest creatures.
We might also get a chance to visit the nearby village inhabited by the Mishing tribe.
Birding in Kaziranga is a treat and numerous special species may be encountered including Bengal Florican, Greater Adjutant, Black-necked Stork, Pied Harrier, Swamp Francolin and the spectacular Blue-bearded Bee-eater. A number of impressive snakes are also found here and include Reticulated and Indian Pythons, King Cobra and Branded Krait.
Day 19: Kaziranga to Delhi via Guwahati and depart
This morning after another elephant safari, we depart Kaziranga for a 5-hour drive to Guwahati Airport, followed by a connection onto Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi, we will be assisted to our hotel where we will have time to rest and prepare for onward flights home.