Reopening of Kaziranga National Park – a ray of hope
Published on October 21, 2020 | News Source: Rinku Sharma
Guwahati, October 21: Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks have remained closed in Assam since the outbreak of COVID-19. With the closing of the national park, almost all business activities in the area have come to a standstill. However, there is good news for tourists, wildlife enthusiasts and business activity. The doors of the breathtaking biodiversity, the Kaziranga National Park, have opened today after nearly seven long months of hiatus.
It is to be mentioned that the closure of the majestic Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve, which hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses, has been the longest in its 112 years of history.
Acclaimed for its one-horned rhinoceroses and tigers, the World Heritage Site has been ceremonially opened by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today. The doors of the magnificent national park have been opened for tourists for the 2020-21 season at Mihimukh. The Chief Minister also took a Jeep safari in the Kohora range of the National Park.
Tourist visiting the National Park will have to follow COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks, using hand sanitisers and maintaining social distancing.
“Tourists can visit the Kaziranga National Park following Govt COVID19 protocols. Jeep safari is available from today while Elephant safari starts from November,” the Chief Minister's Office, Government of Assam tweeted.
Jeep Safari is permitted only in Kohora and Bagori Ranges under prescribed COVID-19 protocols. The travelers are required to hire a Jeep that is registered with Jeep Safari Associations at Kohora and Bagori booking place. The reopening of the National park would provide succor to Jeep Safari associations which are managed by the local youths.
The reopening of the national park is similarly a ray of hope for several hotels, resorts and other tourism-related services in the area which are hugely dependent on the national park.