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Time for a walk on the wild side

The six-month wait for the Kaziranga National Park in Bokakhat district in Assam state, India, to reopen finally paid off for these tourists.

They arrived on the park's opening day yesterday to go on an elephant safari.

The world-famous national park, a Unesco heritage site, is open only for six months in a year, from November until the end of April, and closed for the rest of the year, during the monsoon season.

Spread over 800 sq km, Kaziranga has the world's largest concentration of Indian one-horned rhinos, and also has a significant population of three other large herbivores - the Asian elephant, the Asiatic water buffalo and an eastern sub-species of the swamp deer.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2015, with the headline 'Time for a walk on the wild side'. Print Edition | Subscribe