7 September, Chitwan. Chitwan National Park is preparing to open a jeep safari from next year.
The park’s information officer Lokendra Adhikari said that preparations have been made to open the jeep safari as the epidemic of corona virus and rainfall has also decreased and the businessmen have requested for it.
According to the official, preparations have been made to open a jeep safari for tourists inside the park by September 27. Officials said that work is underway to repair, improve and remove bushes on the roads where jeeps ply.
The jeep safari was closed in the park from the third week of last April. Every year during the three rainy months (Asar, Saun and Bhadau) the park stopped jeep safaris. With the closure of jeep safaris, the revenue of the park has been declining.
Entrepreneurs have been requested to keep tourists in the jeep by adopting health safety measures, the official said. The park has been charging Rs 5,000 per jeep and Rs 150 for each Nepali tourist, Rs 1,000 for SAARC tourists and Rs 2,000 for foreign tourists. There are 32 jeeps going from Sauraha area, 4 from Meghauli, 6 from Kasara and 4 from Amaltari.
Despite the epidemic of corona virus, 92,209 tourists visited the park last fiscal year. Last fiscal year, 89,601 Nepalis, 1,364 tourists from SAARC countries and 1,244 tourists from third countries visited the park.
Last fiscal year, the park collected revenue of Rs 25.537 million from the tourism sector alone.