It was on the day I read an article, about Prince William and Princess Kate petting the baby Rhinos at Kaziranga, is when I decided to visit this marvellous national park during my North-East trip. Something about those heartwarming pictures sparked a curiosity that ended with me touring this unusual national park that is home to hundreds of one-horned Rhinos. I was amazed to find that this wildlife preservation in the Golaghat hosts 2/3rd of the world’s one-horned Rhinoceros. That sounds like a ‘big’ number! Except this is an endangered species we are talking about!
Perhaps why it is all the more a treat to watch Indian Rhinos (Rhinoceros Unicorns or great one-horned Rhinos) living a comfortable and peaceful life at this world heritage site. It was a pleasant winter morning, on the day I ultimately arrived at the national park for a safari tour. I hopped into the almost-black safari and secured myself a comfortable seat. A few of my other friends chose to ride an Elephant instead. Then commenced the journey, and our safari began to slowly-drift into the lush green playground of Rhinos. It was a pleasant winter morning, on the day I ultimately arrived at the national park for a safari tour.
I hopped into the dark-moss-green safari and secured myself a comfortable seat. A few of my other friends chose to ride an Elephant instead. Then commenced the journey, and our safari began to slowly-drift into the lush green playground of Rhinos. With every turn our safari took into the dense forest, my adrenaline got pumping. That excitement of getting closer and closer to spotting a unicorn Rhino can’t be explained, in words. It’s an emotion, transpiring love for nature and god’s work of art. Within the next 30-minutes, we were 20 km inside the national park, amidst a yard of knotted blossoming trees in various shades.
Finally, we had arrived at a spot from where I could sight numerous Rhinos loafing lazily, munching on fresh grass, bathing in the lake or just leisurely-sauntering with their children. Baby Rhinos are a treat to watch, and even though I had an urge to hug and pet them, I could see that the Rhino parents are very overprotective of their babies. It was a beautiful sight! The mystic, tall, golden trees of Kaziranga park, are draped, in the hues of mellow yellow, mustard and dark brown, reinforced with green brambles. The grounds too are laid with a carpet of green grass. They say, when you see crushed and stomped thick grass, know that an adult rhino has traversed through this path very recently.
After about 30-minutes we were on a road that starred a lake on one side, and a river on the other. We must be at least 40 feet away from the Rhinos that were sloppily sunbathing near the natural water pools. It’s astonishing to watch these gigantic Rhinos and hard not to wonder, “How do they grow so big on a diet that’s purely leaf-based?” All in all, a great Safari experience and I must share what our guide told us. When you arrive at the Kaziranga National Park and take a safari trip into the natural habitat of the Rhinos, try and keep as silent as you can.
Rhinos don’t like noisy and in the past, angered Rhinos have had the history of turning the jeeps upside down. Otherwise, Rhinos are meditative animals, and they prefer quiet. As long as, we pledge to not disturb the Rhinos, a safari trip to Kaziranga National Park is bound to be a happy one.