Tourist activities once again have started increasing in Bardiya National Park. The national park was closed since the second week of the Nepali New Year due to the second wave of COVID-19.

Now, tourists can visit the national park following basic health protocols set by the park authorities. Chief Conservation Officer at the park Bishnu Prasad Shrestha said that the park had opened after fiveand-a-half months. He said the decision to allow the tourists for jungle safari, rafting, jungle walk with all health safety measures was taken. "Tourists must wear face mask while entering the park, jeep for jungle safari will only carry 60 per cent people of the total seat capacity and pedestrians can walk in the jungle along with a guide," he said. Shrestha said that around 300-kilometre road was repaired and cleared after the decision to open the park was taken The tourists' activities will be carried out in the park following the regulation and act of the park. Many tourists come to the park to see tiger. Tourism entrepreneurs said they were happy to welcome tourists.

Ramji Thapa, an entrepreneur said that though the park won't witness a large number of tourists this time around, a good number might visit the park considering the declining COVID cases. As many as 26 hotels are in operation in the surroundings of the park. Hotel entrepreneurs have also provided attractive discount to attract more tourists.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 19 2021, of The Himalayan Times.