Kaziranga National Park in Assam reopens to tourists
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeva of the Isha Foundation officially opened the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) to tourists for the upcoming season on Saturday.
Elephant safari and jeep safari in the park were closed in May due to monsoon.
Sadhguru and the Chief Minister accompanied by Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah also embarked on a jeep safari in the park.
Sadhguru was driving the vehicle with Sarma sitting beside him.
”Your Prime Minister is safe with me in the vehicle. It is a great joy to open the park to tourists,” he told reporters.
The Chief Minister and Sadhguru also unveiled three rhinoceros statues in the Mihimukh area of the park. These statues were created from the ashes of burning rhino horns seized on September 22, 2021.
The state made history when a stockpile of 2,479 rhino horns was set on fire to send a strong message to poachers.
“The rhino statues thus created are an attempt to immortalize the efforts and dedication of those who selflessly protect the pride of Assam, the great horned rhino,” Sarma said.
Sadhguru urged people to come to Assam to enjoy its wildlife.
The Chief Minister on behalf of the state government and Sadhguru, representing the Isha Foundation, also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on sustainable land use for agricultural practices.
Earlier, addressing a ‘chintan shivir’ of ministers, lawmakers and senior officials, Sadhguru highlighted the potential of ecotourism in the North East for the development of the region.
If competent private parties in this sector are brought in, accelerated development can be achieved in a short period of time, he said.
”Tourism is one of the easiest industries to develop and also the most environmentally friendly. It engages a lot of people without tearing the ground up,” he noted.
He cited the examples of African nations that have monetized their natural tourism potential without harming the environment.
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