Kanchanpur. Tourists visiting Shuklaphanta National Park have halved. Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the number of domestic and foreign tourists visiting the park has been declining for the past two years.
In the fiscal year 2020/21, as many as 2 935 tourists visited the park. Most of the domestic tourists are visiting the park. Few foreign tourists have come to visit the park. Rabin Chaudhary, assistant conservation officer, an information officer of the park, said that few tourists came to visit the park due to fear of corona infection.
Three years ago 1775 tourists visited the park. “The number of tourists has increased in the fiscal year 2020/21 as compared to the previous years,” said Chaudhary. “That number is half as low as that of the last year.”
The entry fee for Nepali nationals visiting the park is Rs 56.50, Rs 565 for SAARC nationals, and Rs 1,130 for foreign nationals. Children under the age are not charged for walking around the park.
Domestic and foreign tourists visiting the park prefer grassland, wetland area and the park is abundant with lakes. White-spotted tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, elephant, black deer, blue cow, leopard, leopard, rabbit, and various species of birds to watch and observe for the tourists.
The movement of tourists in the park has been made easier by managing grassland, arranging to the scaffold, constructing forest paths, and repairing bridges. Spread over an area of three hundred and five square kilometers, the park is famous for the largest herd of rhinos.
The density of many tigers in a small area and the rare flora and fauna are worth seeing here. Shuklaphanta grassland is the largest grassland in the Terai protected areas of Nepal.
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