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SOS Rhino : In the News : Kaziranga open to tourists from Oct.

Kaziranga open to tourists from Oct.

  The Hindu

Guwahati, Sept. 8. (UNI): The sprawling Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in Assam, the famed abode of one-horned rhinoceros, will be thrown open for tourists from October 1 after the flood-ravaged roads and bridges within the park are restored.

The park is one of the top line tourist destinations of the north-east, located along the river Brahmaputra's southern bank.

Park officials informed that in the initial days tourists would be allowed to go inside only two ranges, Bagori and Kohora, while the other areas inside the Park were still under patches of water left by the waves of flood that recessed only late last month.

Last year, the Park authority increased fees for different categories of tourists by at least five times. However, the hike did not dampen the tourist flow to the Park and the authorities are expecting similar response from the tourists this year too.

To accommodate visitors arriving during the off-season, the authority has kept some accessible portion of the Park open during this summer and the response was good as a large number of visitors had gone inside to have look at the rhino.

The State Tourist Departments and Forest Departments have also given a facelift to its lodges and bungalows located near the Park to accommodate the visitors, while private lodges near the Park which have mushroomed over the years have started intensive campaigning of the facilities available at their disposals to attract tourists through various travel agencies.