KAZIRANGA- Five forest ranges of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) opened for tourists which was closed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent monsoon season in Assam. These ranges are Kohora, Bagori, Burhapahar, Dhania, and Laokhoa Park authorities said.
Talking to reporters on Wednesday, KNP Director P Shivakumar expressed hope that after a long period of restrictions due to the pandemic across the world, people will now be able to relax by visiting the National Park, famous for one-horned rhinos.
Jeep and elephant safaris would be available in Kohora and Burhapahar forest ranges, Shivakumar said.
However, he appealed to tourists to visit the National Park only if they are fully vaccinated and adhere to COVID-19 protocol like wearing masks, using hand sanitisers, during their trip.
Since October 1 when a part of the KNP had reopened, “more than 15,000 tourists visited the Park and Rs 15 lakh has so far been collected as revenue,” he said.
Agaratoli forest area of the KNP will also be opened during this week given the rise in the number of tourists, Shivakumar said.
According to Burhapahar forest range officer Pradip Goswami, jeep and elephant safaris will be available for tourists in Bandardubi forest areas, besides trekking facilities in Kukurakata and Chirang Hills under Burhapahar forest range.