India’s Kaziranga National Park to reopen for tourists from today. Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve located in India’s Northeast State of Assam is set to open for tourists seven months after it was closed down due to the coronavirus outbreak. The park will be open for visitors from October 21.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya will be present at the park’s opening ceremony.
Restricted Jeep Safari
Jeep Safari will be allowed only at the Kaziranga Range, Kohora, Western Range and Bagori will be open for tourists. This is because of the inclement weather and road condition inside the Kaziranga National Park.
An order issued by the park authorities states: “Jeep Safari in Kaziranga Range, Kohora will be open up to ‘Vaishamari’ and in Bagori, the Jeep Safari will be open up to ‘Donga watchtower’ and ‘Bimoli Tiniali’ until further orders. The date for opening of Eastern Range, Agoratoli, Burapahar Range, Ghorakati and the elephant ride in Kaziranga National Park will be notified at the appointed time of time.”
New activities to start from November 1
Kaziranga National Park Director P Sivkumar informed that the elephant safari inside the park will be started from November 1.
“We are intending to add five more new tourist destinations in the Kaziranga National Park – two under the north bank Biswanath Ghat and Panpur area and three more under Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, that is, Chirang Pahar, Bandardubi area, Bhomoraguri. All these new activities will start from November 1. Starting at now, Jeep Safari in fundamental of national park area will be restricted to Bagori and Kohora range while in the rest of the areas, it will be started from November 1,” P Sivkumar said.
The park authorities also said that the tourists should follow Covid-19 protocols to visit the park. During this year’s floods Kaziranga, a total of 153 wild animals including 18 one-horned rhinos, 107 hoard deer, six wild buffalo, 12 wild boar were killed.
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