Management and Administration: Tourism

Almost for a quarter of a century after its constitution into a reserve forest Kaziranga had a very uneventful existence. It was considered to be an inaccessible tract with impenetrable masses of reeds, cane brakes and swamps.

Only the Forest Officers and the poachers as well used to travel in the area. Interested wildlife lovers occasionally used to accompany the forest officers. There was no road, no path or track inside the forest except the trails laid out by the regular movement of the animals. Very few people knew about Kaziranga and probably fewer people were interested in the preservation of the rhinoceros and other wild animals. Kaziranga Tiger Reserve But with the general decline of the status of Wild Life population all over the country due to destruction of habitat and indiscriminate killing, there was a growing awareness amongst some section of Wildlife and nature lovers that it was high time to do something to preserve our wildlife. Due to this awareness people started taking interest in Kaziranga in this part of the country. As a result Kaziranga was opened to interested visitors in 1937 & two elephants were posted for taking the visitors into the sanctuary. Kaziranga's name and fame as one of the best spots for wildlife viewing and its popularity amongst the tourists has been growing since then. One can easily see a rhinoceros with cent percent certainty on any day of the year and at any time of the day along with scores of other animals such as the hog deer, wild buffalo, pigs, etc. Kaziranga occupies a significant position in the international tourist map today as one of the best wildlife resorts in the world. But prior to 1950 the facilities for tourists were limited and the accommodation consisted mainly of a P.W.D. inspection bungalow at Kaziranga and a Forest rest house at Baguri. This accommodation was found grossly inadequate for meeting the demands of increasing number of incoming visitors due to which one visitors camp at Kaziranga and later on two tourist lodge were constructed by the department on small hillock at Kohora and one Forest Rest House was also constructed at Arimora. The management of these two Tourist Lodges was handed over to the Tourism Department in 1963 after the creation of this new department under the Govt. of Assam.

At present 4 numbers of Govt. tourist lodges of different categories exist at Kohora which comes under the Tourism Department. In the recent past some private lodges have also come into existence in this locality. The Park has 5 number of tourist routes located inside the Park under the jurisdiction of 4 Ranges viz. Kohora, Bagori and Agoratoli. These roads are open to light vehicles from November to mid May. Visitors willing to view wild life by motor cars are conducted through these roads by the staff of this department. The visitors are allowed to take in there own vehicles also. The visit to the park by road is much more interesting and thrilling as one can travel with the hope of coming across any animals in every corner of the road and can see the cross-section of the vegetation completely with numerous Beels and favourite hunting and foraging spots of the animals. There are few watch towers located in the tourist zone from where wild animals can be seen. Foot safari is not allowed at the movement and driving inside the park at night is prohibited. No visitor is allowed to enter the park without a man of the forest department accompanying him.

Forest Rest House was also constructed at Arimora. The management of these two Tourist Lodges was handed over to the Tourism Department in 1963 after the creation of this new department under the Govt. of Assam. At present 4 numbers of Govt. tourist lodges of different categories are existing at Kohora which comes under the Tourism Department. In the recent past some private lodges have also come into existence in this locality. The Park has 5 number of tourist routes located inside the Park under the jurisdiction of 4 Ranges viz. Kohora, Bagori and Agoratoli. These roads are open to light vehicles from November to mid May. Visitors willing to view wild life by motor cars are conducted through these roads by the staff of this department. The visitors are allowed to take in there own vehicles also. The visit to the park by road is much more interesting and thrilling as one can travel with the hope of coming across any animals in every corner of the road and can see the cross-section of the vegetation completely with numerous Beels and favourite hunting and foraging spots of the animals. There are few watch towers located in the tourist zone from where wild animals can be seen. Foot safari is not allowed at the movement and driving inside the park at night is prohibited. No visitor is allowed to enter the park without a man of the forest department accompanying him.

How to reach Kaziranga National Park

By Air: Jorhat is about 90 km away from Kaziranga and the closest airport. Transport should be arranged beforehand to receive one at the airport through the lodge. The drive from Guwahati airport is 220 km, but the road is picturesque and extremely motorable. Arrange a pickup and if not vehicles can be rented on the spot.

By Rail: Jorhat (90 km) Furketing (75 km.) and Guwahati (200 km.) are the nearest stations from where you must take a bus or hire a private vehicle.

By Road: Bokakhat (23 km) is the closest town. State transport buses, A/C and non-A/C ply daily between Guwahati and Kaziranga.

For details about Kaziranga National Park
Please contact

Director
Kaziranga Nationl Park, Bokakhat
Phone : 03776-268095(0)

Range Officer
Kaziranga Range, Kohora
Phone : 03776-262428(0)

Range Officer
Eastern Range, Agoratoli
Phone : 03776-268032, 9435293773

Divisional Forest Officer
Eastern Assam Wildllife Division, Bokakhat Phone: 03776-268007(0)

Range Officer
Western Range, Bagori
Phone: 03672-283463

Range Officer
Burapahar Range, Ghorakati
Phone: 03672-279012, 94351 93602

Tarrifs for Visitors

A. ELEPHANT CHARGES: (per person):
Indian - Adult - Rs.280/-
Foreigner - Adult - Rs.750/-

B. VIEW FEES: (per person) - Indian - Rs.20/-, Foreigner - Rs.250/-
Children (1-12 yrs) and studentssponsored by the Institution @50% of the adults on view fees and elephant charges.

C. VEHICLE CHARGES: (Light Vehicle) Indian - Rs.150/- Foreigner - Rs.150/-

D. CAMERA CHARGES: (For Nature Photographer)
Still Camera/Camera - Indian - Rs.50/-, Foreigner - Rs.500/-
Movie camera/Video Camera - Indian - Rs.500/-, Foreigner - Rs.1,000/-

E. CAMERA CHARGES: (For Professional Photographer)
Still Camera - Indian - Rs.250/-, Foreigner - Rs.1,000/-
Movie camera/Video Camera - Indian - Rs.2,500/-, Foreigner - Rs.10,000/-

Special concession of 25% rebate on all the above items for visitors who make visit continuously for 3 or more days. The tarrifs are subject to revision. The toll fee, view fee, Elephant charges and camera fee are payable at Forest Range Officer, Kohora/Baguri/Agaratoli/Ghorakati.

Visitor's Statistics

Year Tourists Revenue (INR)
Indian Foreigners Total
1997-1998 17117 2408 19525 2,197,068.00
1998-1999 18157 1091 19248 1,802,856.00
1999-2000 37696 1623 39319 2,229,291.00
2000-2001 50498 1838 52336 3,038,258.00
2001-2002 44162 2144 46306 3,494,084.00
2002-2003 59811 2055 61866 5,360,425.00
2003-2004 57864 3773 61637 6,138,657.00
2004-2005 67719 5154 72873 6,612,508.00
2005-2006 72362 4711 77073 7,641,019.00
2006-2007 67926 5748 73674 7,974,749.00
2007-2008 53640 6106 59746 8,734,185.00
2008-2009 100284 5767 106051 11,220,689.00

Hotels and Resorts

HOTEL / RESORT
Aranya Lodge (ATDC, Kohora)
Ph. no.-03776-262429
Bonani Lodge(Under Tourism Dept.)
Ph. no.-03776-262423
Wild Grass Resort, Kaziranga
Ph. no.-03776-262085
Bonhabi Resort, Kaziranga
Ph. no.-03776-262501
Iora Lodge, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-262437, 262410
G.L.Resort, Burapahar
Ph. no.-03776-
Heritage Nest, Sepenakubuwa
Ph. no.-98548-61762
Dhanshiri Lodge, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-262501
Ashray Lodge, Dirring
Ph. no.-03776-262163
Green Reed, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-262417
Park Resort, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-262452
Unicorn Cottage, Kohora
Ph. no.-94352-97610
Kaziranga Jungle Camp, Kaziranga
Ph. no.-94350-11380
Green Ashiyana, Bagori
Ph. no.-03776-216077
Emerald, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-262404
Kaziranga Florican Lodge, Kaziranga
Ph. no.-03776-262451
Alohi Ghor, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-262535
Tirupati Lodge, Bokakhat
Ph. no.-03776-268201
Dolphin Lodge, Bokakhat
Ph. no.-9435095991
Difalu River Lodge, Harmoti
Ph. no.-
Hrishikesh Travells, Kohora
Ph. no.-94353-03834
Jupuri Ghor, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-294214
Resort Madhuban, Kohora
Ph. no.- 03776-262715
Anabil Lodge, Kohora
Ph. no.-99546-38477
Network Travels, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-262699
Kaziranga Guest House, Bokakhat
Ph. no.-03776-268321
Dhansiri Eco Camp, Bokakhat
Ph. no.-9859050752
ARJJ Resort, Sepenakubuwa
Ph. no.-9613023898
Chikuni Bhaban, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-262458
Maa Kamala, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-262447
Regal Guest House, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776262702
Santi Lodge, Kohora
Ph. no.-03776-294211
Rubi Lodge, Kohora
Ph. no.-99542-84351
Kaziranga Lodge, Bagori
Ph. no.-
Brahmaputra Resort Ltd., Kanchanjuri
Ph. no.-
Dhaba Y2K, Bokakhat
Ph. no.-03776-269054
Ribigaseng Resort, Bokakhat
Ph. no.-99542-72472
Hotel Monalisha, Bokakhat
Ph. no.-
Iora-The Retreat, Kaziranga
Ph. no.-0361-2665696