The Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve in Darrang district will reopen for visitors from November 6, which was earlier scheduled to open from November 1.

This was informed by the Mangaldai Wildlife Division DFO BV Sandeep on Friday.

The reschedule for entry of visitors was made due to deteriorating internal road condition caused by incessant heavy rainfalls in recent times.

This has also forced the park authorities to put some restrictions in the vehicular movements of the visitors.

Meanwhile, the authorities have made special COVID-19 preventive measures for the tourists including arrangements of ‘tyre baths’  on the left side of the main entrance and set up a new facilitation centre to regulate the flow of visitors.

“The staff have been specially trained to tackle the situation with the maintenance of the database of all the visitors for urgent communication in case of any emergency,” the DFO said while interacting with Northeast Now.

The National Park was earlier closed in the month of March due to the nationwide lockdown.

The park, which is also known as mini Kaziranga, is reportedly the natural habitation of 101 numbers of one-horned rhinos and 21 Royal Bengal Tigers as recorded in 2018.

Besides rhino and tiger, the park covering an area of nearly seventy-nine square kilometre is also the home to several other wildlife species including elephants, wild buffaloes, hog deer, pigmy hog and Bengal Florican among others.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: