Responsible Tourism in Kaziranga - the Do's & Don'ts

Responsible Tourism is tourism which is sustainable, efficiently uses locally available raw materials, contributes to the local community, Though tourism contributes a great deal to the economy of an area, the effects of mass tourism can nullify all those positives in no time. This is especially pertinent to ecologically fragile areas, and Kaziranga is one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. Hence it is the duty of all to practice responsible tourism and contribute to the existing biodiversity rather than destroying it. Everyone can and should contribute to responsible tourism by following some basic rules.

We try to enumerate a few of these rules that every responsible tourist should abide by.

Responsible Tourism - How to practice?

  • Responsible tourists don’t litter, whether inside the park or outside. Every resort and eatery would have a dustbin where you can put in your wrappers.
  • Responsible Tourism is minimising single waste plastic.  Don’t you want your grandchildren to enjoy the wildlife in Kaziranga as you did?
  • Responsible Tourists try not to use Packaged Drinking Water. There are no effluent treatment plants in Kaziranga to convert the used bottles to anything constructive. Plastic garbage has destroyed oceans. Kaziranga is a tiny place in comparison. Most of the resorts and eateries have water purifiers which are safe.
  • Responsible Tourism is never speaking loud or shouting. It means tolerance towards other tourists, hosts or wildlife.
  • Responsible Tourism is not wasting food and water.
  • Responsible Tourism is respecting the local culture and people.
  • A responsible tourist understands that they are not at home. So they try to limit their expectations. 
  • Responsible Tourism is encouraging and patronising local handicrafts.

Responsible Tourism inside Kaziranga

  • During safaris, cover your head with a headgear for protection against the sun and dust. A wide-brimmed hat or a Bandana is suitable. 
  • Wear full sleeves for protection from the sun and dust. It is better to wear layered clothing as the temperature varies from early morning to late evening. 
  • Wear trousers and shoes.
  • Hand gloves are very handy in December and January.
  • Carry protective gears for your cameras. If you donn’t have any, even a shawl or towel will do just fine.
  • Wear jungle friendly colours like Khaki, Grey and Olive. Do not wear bright colours like Red and White.
  • Do not wear perfumes when you enter the park. Animals have a strong olfactory senses and might give you the slip.
  • Please do not shout or talk loudly or disturb the animals inside the park. Never get down from your vehicles, except in the designated places. You might endanger your life and well as others by doing so. 
  • Listen to your guide or jeep driver. They know better than you.

Weather fact sheets in Kaziranga

October: Between 21° and 30° Celsius.

November: Between 16° and 27° Celsius.

December: Between 12° and 24° Celsius.

January: Between 10° and 23° Celsius.

February: Between 13° and 25° Celsius.

March: Between 16° and 29° Celsius.

April: Between 19° and 30° Celsius.

May: Between 21° and 30° Celsius.

Bhaskar J Barua

Bhaskar J. Barua is the founder of Agoratoli Resort and co-founder of Kaziranga Foundation and Kaziranga Organics. He is passionate about wildlife conservation, empowerment of locals, ecotourism, and wildlife photography. Having lived in Agoratoli from 2010, he is closely associated with the local community of the fringe areas of Kaziranga. He believes in empowering the local community for conservation works through ecotourism and sustainable agriculture.
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