Tourist arrival in Chitwan increases; preparations underway to open the park

29th Sep, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

CHITWAN, Sep 29: Tourists have started visiting the intermediate forests of Chitwan National Park, which was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, after six months. Tourists have reached the park and the surrounding areas in intermediate community forests by riding elephants, jeeps, and boats.

Rare one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, crocodile, and other wild animals are the major attraction of Chitwan National Park. According to tourism entrepreneurs, 90 percent of the tourists visiting the park participate in the activities related to the elephant.

Jit Bahadur Tamang, Chairman of the Baghmara Intermediate Community Forest in Sauraha, a major tourist destination of Chitwan, said that there is hope for increasing the tourist activity as soon as the entry permit is given in the park. Kumroj Community Forest has also started elephant and jeep safaris. Likewise, the road for a jeep safari inside the park is currently being repaired. Preparations have been made to open the park as the tourist pressure in Sauraha is increasing.

Chairman of the Regional Hotel Association Nepal Sauraha, Deepak Bhattarai, said that the number of tourists has been increasing even though the hotels have been in operation since September 17. "Once the intermediate community forest is opened to tourists, there is hope for more tourist arrivals," he said. According to Chairman Bhattarai, 50 percent of the hotels in Sauraha is now operational.