Kaziranga, as the name suggests, does not need any special introduction. However, having said that, you may question why I intend to write about it in my blog when there is abundant information about Kaziranga? Well, like everyone else I too have my side of the story to tell.
I have visited this wonderland a number of times as it is a part of my homeland. Each visit to Kaziranga enthralls my spirit of having seen something so spectacular. Yet my quench of witnessing Kaziranga over and over again never ceases and I profoundly embrace every opportunity of visiting this magnificent land.
The entire serenity and ambiance of Kaziranga has a mysterious tale to tell every visitor. I am immensely and overwhelmingly connected to it and the reason behind it is so deeply engrossed in my heart.
My last visit to the national park would always remain in my memory as it was filled with life-threatening adventure. Yes, you heard me right. It wasn’t just a normal safari, though it started off as being one of them.
We took the early morning safari into the zone number 4 which has a reputation for having a good sight of the one-horned Rhino in plenty. About 8 to 10 jeeps full of curious visitors, took off around the same time. As we moved ahead and gradually started entering the main jungle, the atmosphere changed from being friendly to little grim. Although the jeeps moved on the same road but few of them were left much behind us and few ahead.
The roads are so bouncy in between that it took a great effort from us to maintain our stability in motion. The journey began with some wonderful sights of some beautiful wild animals such as deer, wild boar, sambar and birds like hornbill, eagle, pelican etc.
It took some time till we spotted the first sight of a gorgeous Rhino and a calf beside the mother. Both of them were grazing the lush green grass across the mainland just at a distance of about 200 meters. The sight was so much delightful to our eyes that we nearly spent 30 minutes watching them without even realizing it. The calf looked at us with curious eyes but was so relaxed that it did not even bother our presence.
We moved ahead in the narrow lanes that were covered with deep dense forest. One of the roads was so dark even in the day that it still gives me Goosebumps just at the thought of it. The nights must be so dreadful in those jungles!
Just at a turn, the driver stopped the jeep and there we see in front of us all other jeeps queuing in the narrow lane. The driver from the jeep ahead of us told us to keep quiet in sign language. We were taken little aback at the gesture and wondered what was happening.
Just then somebody pointed at the left side and there we saw a huge herd of wild elephants of about 20, staring straight at us. Elephants were a normal sight in Assam, I thought, so why be so serious about it. “But they are wild elephants”, replied a companion.
My heart beats started gearing up and the realization did give me a jolt. The herd of elephants were almost at a distance of 500 meters and any movement from of could trigger them to chase us (that’s what came in the whisper). The only relief was that there is a water-body in between us which might not encourage them to come towards us.
But suddenly two of the elephants turned towards us in an aggressive motion. I could hear little cry among us and there was a fear that tolled over all of us there that moment. The most fearful thing for me was that even the drivers of the jeeps were so much tensed. It should have been a common sight for them but when they too panicked, imagine the condition of rest of the people.
But as if God took mercy on us and the elephants returned back towards the herd suddenly. All of us breathed a sigh of relief. After about 20 minutes of waiting there in silence, we moved ahead and I wished that our journey ended at that very moment. But we were almost at the middle of the national park and coming out of there would take us almost one and a half hours.
As we proceeded by 2 kilometers, our jeeps stopped once again. This time it was a single elephant that was blocking our road. The drivers asked us to get down and climb a concrete watch-house that was just beside the road. This was even scarier as the elephant was moving upside down making some loud noise.
But that was it and the crowd decided to make noise and we kept shouting until the elephant was scared himself and went into the deep jungle. We came out safely from that situation too and moved fast towards the exit.
I prayed in my mind so that we do not encounter any more wild elephants. (The adventure lover in me prayed for no more adventure for the day).
As we reached the exit gate I looked back promising Kaziranga that sooner I am coming back for another trail of adventure.
Well, that was a part of my adventure here in this wild. I am sure you must have enjoyed this part of my story and got inspired to visit this land. In your lifetime one must visit Kaziranga to feel and experience nature in its best form.