Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park
THE Kaziranga National Park (KNP) will reopen for tourists on Sunday (November 1) after its routine closure for the monsoon season.
The World Heritage Site - home to the one-horn rhinoceros - will be opened for tourists at Mihimukh in Kohora Range of the Park at 5.30 AM on Sunday, KNP senior official Mahendra Duwara said.
Assam Forest and Environment Minister Etwa Munda is scheduled to reopen the Park at Mihimukh elephant tower in the Kohora Range in the presence of tourists from Canada, Germany, Australia and Belgium, besides domestic visitors, Dawara said.
All four ranges - Kohora, Bagori, Agaratoli and Burapahar - will be opened for visitors with elephant and jeep safari for tour inside the Park, Duwara said.
Stating all infrastructure facilities for free and safe movement of tourists have been put in place, he said at Kohora Range 15 elephants would be pressed into service and 12 in Bagori Range for elephant safari.
In Agaratoli and Burapahar Range jeep safari tours will be provided by private operators, the official said.
The last wave of floods in September last had washed away several bridges and damaged roads inside the Park, which were repaired for the convenience of guest movement, the official said.
This year two new entertainment sites and tourist destinations - Kaziranga Cycling Club, Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park - were opened within the KNP area, tourism department officials said.
Another rhino habitat Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary near Guwahati reopened on Saturday (October 31) for visitors.