Guwahati: A dress code for private operators of jeep safari, a tourist guide trained on etiquettes of jungle safari and with a sound knowledge on the rhino habitat and its biodiversity, and traditional Karbi cuisines for those willing to trek on the hills will be the add-ons awaiting visitors to the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) when it reopens on November 1 for a new tourist season.
KNP Director S.N. Buragohain told The Hindu that a team of 13 people undertook trekking of 4.5 km on the hills of the Kukurakata Reserve Forest under the Burapahar range on Friday as a prelude to the formal launching of this new mode of visit to the park areas in the new tourist season. “They enjoyed it very much and we hope that in addition to elephant and jeep safari, the trekking will also be another attraction for the park visitors,” he said.
The trekkers will be served traditional and mouth-watering Karbi cuisines such as chicken and rice cooked in bamboo segments. The Eco-Development Society of the Karbi village concerned will get Rs.80 for food served to every trekker. Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain would flag off the elephant and jeep safari and the trekking on the opening day, Mr. Buragohain said.
The Park authorities have also decided to introduce a dress code for the operators of jeep safari — a cap, a jacket and an identity card. The KNP director said that efforts would be taken to provide them a full uniform in the next tourist season. They have also decided to train local youth on etiquettes of jungle safari and enhance their knowledge base on Kaziranga so that they can satisfy the queries of the visitors about the park, its animals and bio-diversity by providing correct information.
About 160 youths have enrolled themselves for a three-day training-cum-workshop at Kaziranga. The park authorities have roped in a number of resource persons for imparting training to the youth.
For elephant safari, the services of 17 more elephants have been sought.