Exploring the wildly different ­Kaziranga ­National Park in Assam, India; Mona Thomas; The National

India – Kaziranga National Park

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.

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