KATHMANDU, June 13: The Chitwan National Park has decided to suspend jungle safari, jungle walk and other activities inside the Park from June 15 citing the arrival of the monsoon.
With the monsoon arriving in Nepal and spreading gradually across the country, the Park, the first protected area of Nepal for wildlife, decided to shut down these activities to prevent risks and damages triggered by the monsoon rain.
Ganesh Prasad Tiwari, information officer of the Park, shared that the decision was taken to prevent damages of forest tracks, secure human lives from monsoon-induced disasters and felling of the trees.
"Tourism activities will be closed temporarily until further notice," Tiwari said. The Park has also closed tourism activities including boating in the Rapti River during monsoon.
Altogether 159,881 tourists, both domestic and external, visited the Park from the beginning to as of mid-May this fiscal year generating over Rs 80 million in revenue, according to the Park.
Jungle safari has been one of the major tourist attractions and highest revenue generating activity in the Park which is home to 68 recorded species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 126 species of fish.