October 4: Chitwan National Park has resumed tourism activities that remained closed with the onset of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourism activities inside the park, which is closed every year during the rainy season, reopens as soon as the rains subside. This year however the activities had remained closed due to COVID-19 and has now reopened.
All kinds of tourism activities inside and outside the park have been opened, Chief Conservation Officer of the park, Ananath Baral said. He added that jeep safari has also begun after the road inside the park was repaired. Elephant safaris along with jeep rides and jungle walks are also available at the community forest adjacent to the park.
Visitors can also spend nights in the tower-houses built inside the community forest and take boat rides on the Rapti River, which flows through the park.
According to Deepak Bhattarai, president of the Regional Hotel Association Sauraha, tourists visiting Sauraha will now be able to participate in all the activities of the national park.
The number of tourists is expected to increase as soon as the park opens. Bhattarai said that the number of domestic tourists has been gradually increasing since the beginning of the festive season. Even foreign tourists have started arriving. Small gatherings, conferences, seminars and other programs are being held in Sauraha, Patihani, Jagatpur and Meghauli. -- RSS