As we commence the second half of 2017, I decided to look back to the start of this year. 2017 began in Assam for me. A short trip to explore the National park and Majuli , which had been on my list for a while.
I never got down to writing or sharing pictures of the trip so decided what better time than now to do a quick throwback of my two days at the world heritage site enjoying the safaris and all that the sanctuary had to offer.
My first evening began with a jeep safari into the park. The safari lasted for about two hours taking us through the central zone of the park. The forest in itself is stunning and the water bodies make it even more magical.
My introductions were first made with this herd of deers , which soon become a common sight and keep you entertained through the entire ride.
My first sighting of the one horned rhinoceros . At the onset , I was anxious and super excited to spot them but as time passes by and you let the forest take you through its turns and allies, you enjoy the experience of just being there.
The evening light and sunset create magical hues and are a treat to the eyes , I could not stop myself from clicking through the entire evening.
Wohoo, I did manage a close sighting of these majestic creatures before the evening ended.
Catching the last light and taking in the vast landscape as I bid adieu to the park for the evening.
” Some journeys can only be travelled alone ” – KenPoirot.
I stayed at the very lovely IORA – the retreat and could not have asked for any better hospitality. Since I was travelling solo, they ensured my safaris were tied up with other travellers from the retreat . They went out of their way to make sure I was beyond comfortable and well taken care off.
I enjoyed the cultural night with bonfire and a scrumptious meal, and retired for the night. I was anxious and excited for the early morning safari at 6am!
My first view as I entered the western zone at the park. This is one of my fav. moments from the entire trip.
The morning elephant safari is surreal and I urge everyone to not miss it. Catching the first light surrounded by deers and rhinos at an arm distance is nothing short of a fairy tale. My own tryst with catching them up close.
Just one of the many moments during the morning! It was phenomenal:)
Bidding good bye to the baby and mommy rhino. I was over the moon and happy to have made the effort of waking up at 5 am in the freezing January cold.
Leaving you all with some sparkle and magic! Until next time, hope you guys feel inspired to go and enjoy the wildlife as much as I did.