Guwahati, September 30: The famous Orang National Park (ONP) in Assam is to reopen for tourists on Thursday after remaining shut in view of the prevailing Covid pandemic situation and the monsoon season.
According to Orang National Park divisional forest officer Pradipta Baruah, the national park is opening for visitors on September 30 for the 2021-22 tourist season, amid a strict vigil necessary Covid-19-related norms.
Due to the poor condition of the roads due to recent floods in Assam, only a section of the safari route inside the park will however be opened to tourists at present. The repair work for the remaining section of the road is on, and visitors will be notified regarding it in due time.
Meanwhile, the state government has also given its nod to reopen the famous national parks at Kaziranga and Manas from October 1, in view of the upcoming festive season.
However, all COVID protocols will be followed strictly, and officials have been instructed to ensure at all times that tourists adhere to the norms.
The Kaziranga national park (KNP) – famous all across the world for the one-horned rhinos which reside here – also remained shut for the past several months due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It will initially be opened on October 1 with tourists getting partial access to only three ranges, while the rest of the ranges will be unlocked gradually.
Tourists, who flock to the largest national park in the northeast from the country and abroad, will be allowed to have only a jeep safari for now, but they won’t be able to access the much sought-after elephant ride.
According to the information, The Manas National park, on the other hand, will also reopen its gates from October 1.