Nothing injects a place with instant worldwide renown quite like royalty does. During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of India and Bhutan in April this year, Kaziranga National Park was one of the places they visited. They visited Kaziranga to see its animal conservation projects, including the Kaziranga Discovery Park, built by a charity funded by Mark Shand, the late brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The royal couple stayed at the Diphlu River Lodge (www.diphluriverlodge.com), on the banks of the River Diphlu, overlooking the park. A Unesco World Heritage site, it’s 42,996 hectares of watery grassland and forest in the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River in the north-east Indian state of Assam.
Well-known to Indian tourists and some determined international travellers, Assam is my home state, and I have visited Kaziranga many times.