GUWAHATI: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) has recorded over 11 thousand visitors within a month since its reopening on October 21.
The park was closed for almost eight months due to the ongoing pandemic.
Though the pandemic-wary domestic and foreign tourists have largely avoided the KNPTR this time, their space has been mostly filled by local people and visitors from elsewhere in Assam and its adjoining north-eastern states.
Park director P Shiv Kumar said, “The total number of tourists visited Kaziranga National Park &Tiger Reserve during last one month is 11,968. At least 27 foreign tourists were also included.”
Known as the world’s safest address for the one-horned rhinoceros, the KNPTR reopened on October 21 after seven months.
Though the park usually records maximum visitors during the peak season between October and April, the last season had ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 lockdown in March.
KNPTR officials said the park earns an average annual revenue of ₹5.2 crores that took care of maintenance and salaries of the casual staff.
Tourism in Assam had also suffered in December 2019 due to the violent agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act before the pandemic struck.