When we reached the forest office to secure our passes for an elephant safari at the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve, the morning was awakening. The unique smell of the forest was heightening my senses. I heard a morning sonata sung by the birds. When I tried looking at the forest from the entrance gate, I saw closely knit trees standing tall, giving the forest a boundary.

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Early morning in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve

Early morning
When we reached the forest office to secure our passes for an elephant safari at Kaziranga national park and tiger reserve, the morning was awakening.
Kaziranga forest from afar
When I tried looking at the forest from the entrance gate, I saw closely knit trees standing tall, giving the forest a boundary.
Forest office
Forest offices at Kaziranga
Early morning
When we reached the forest office to secure our passes for an elephant safari at Kaziranga national park and tiger reserve, the morning was awakening.
Early morning
When we reached the forest office t...
Kaziranga forest from afar
When I tried looking at the forest from the entrance gate, I saw closely knit trees standing tall, giving the forest a boundary.
Kaziranga forest from
When I tried looking at the forest ...
Forest office
Forest offices at Kaziranga
Forest office
Forest offices at Kaziranga

The pullover which I was wearing was not sufficient for the early morning cold in the woods. I saw a small shop selling hot tea in bhaars (clay cups). Without thinking anything else, I ordered four cups for me and my family. Sipping tea from the bhaar is a quintessential Indian thing. I looked at the board at the entrance gate and came to know about the kind of animals present in the forest and an estimate of their population. Kaziranga National Park, which is a world heritage site, is famous for its one-horned rhinoceroses.

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Information board

Elephant Safari

After reading the facts and figures I was all prepared to embark on an elephant safari. It was fun to see how the elephant was engulfing tons of bananas given by tourists.

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I was all excited to begin our much awaited elephant safari!

 

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I loved the way this man was enjoying his job.

I ambled for a short while. When I turned around, I saw a group of elephants with their respective mahouts. There were two wooden platforms 15 to 20 feet above the ground with wooden staircases. Tourists had to climb onto the wooden platform before sitting on the elephant’s back. Everything was a new experience and I was keenly observing every detail.

A group of elephants
The group was all set to start the forest safari.
Wooden platform
Tourists had to climb up this wooden platform to sit on an elephant's back.
Wooden platform
I must say that these wooden platforms are a simple and easy solution for tourists of all ages.
A group of elephants
The group was all set to start the forest safari.
A group of elephants
The group was all set to start the ...
Wooden platform
Tourists had to climb up this wooden platform to sit on an elephant's back.
Wooden platform
Tourists had to climb up this woode...
Wooden platform
I must say that these wooden platforms are a simple and easy solution for tourists of all ages.
Wooden platform
I must say that these wooden platfo...

A man with a gun

When we got our turn to climb up the stairs of the wooden platform and finally sit on the elephant’s back, my pulse raced. I was excited and happy for being able to start something new. For the safety of tourists, there was a man with a gun with each group. I was curious and asked the man sitting with us, whether he had shot any animals? He smiled and said “No”.

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The Gun Man

The elephant was engulfing tree branches

Our superstar elephant was moving through the bushes. I was surprised when I saw, how the elephant was engulfing tree branches and plants in one go while going around the forest.

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The elephant walking through the bushes

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Meeting with the one horned Rhinoceros

Whenever we saw a bird, a deer or anything and everything, we chattered excitedly. When we first saw rhinos, it was an incredible feeling. An emotional moment. I heard the staccato sound of several camera shatters from other tourists sitting on their elephant carriages.

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Tourists sitting on their elephant carriages
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This rhinoceros was enjoying the beautiful warm morning.
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Meeting with wild buffaloes

The sun began to glow and my one pullover proved enough by that time to keep me warm. Along the way, the mahout gave us many interesting bits of information. He was able to get us quite close to the rhinoceroses. On our way back we met several wild buffaloes too.

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A group of wild buffalo

Travel Realizations

Kaziranga forest is a world of its own. Disconnecting from the outside world for a few hours was refreshing. Now that I am finishing my blog post, I relived the whole experience once more. It brought all the moments back in a flood of emotions and memories.

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