Good times are ringing in again for wildlife enthusiasts!
The Kaziranga National Park, the famous wildlife-protected area in India’s northeastern state of Assam, has reopened, after being shut down because of COVID – 19 pandemic. This World Heritage Site came back to action as a section of wider easing lockdown restrictions to check the spread of the virus.
Tourists are allowed at a time while enjoy elephant safaris around the park. However, they have to strictly adhere to Covid-19 safety rules.
Before resuming the safari, forest officials and elephant trainers (locally called ‘mahouts’) performed a small ceremony on Sunday. To bless the elephants, a local priest applied vermillion on their forehead as the giants prepared to give the first ride after a long gap.
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Thereafter, the first lot of travelers went for an hour ride through the forest. It is mainly famous for endangered one-horned Indian rhinoceros but also houses tigers, leopards, bison, and swamp deer.