Banke Nat’l Park to be ‘tiger zone’

- Krishna Prasad Gautam, NEPALGUNJ

Apr 7, 2017-

Banke National Park, the youngest national park in Nepal and home of the royal Bengal tiger, has initiated the development of different infrastructure to promote it as a “tiger zone”.  The national park authorities, in a bid to increase the flow of domestic and foreign tourists, are developing various blocks dedicated to offering different tourism products. 

As of now, the park authorities have started developing tourism products like home-stay, boating at Rapti River, jungle drive, jungle walk and elephant safari at separate blocks within the national park and the buffer zone.   

Banke National Park aims to complete development of the infrastructure and start welcoming tourists by the end of this fiscal year. 

Within the national part, the Agaiya area was selected to host the tourism product, boating at Rapti River and has started providing training to the locals to ensure quality service when tourists arrive. 

According to Ravin Chaudhary, an assistant conservation officer at the park, the Ovari area of the park is being developed for the jungle drive and jungle walk. Likewise, it is developing Dhakeri area as a block dedicated to elephant safari.

The national park is offering hospitality training to locals that plan to operate a home stay business. It is also training them as guides and drivers, making them able to deliver tourism services like jungle safari and jungle walk. 

Currently, the national park is developing a elephant breeding center as well as view towers spread across the park.

“Our priority is to provide employment to locals residing at the buffer zone of the national park,” said Chaudhary. “We will complete development of the entire blocks within this fiscal year and start delivering these tourism products.”  

Banke National Park was established five years ago, with an aim to develop it as tiger zone. According to last year’s tiger census, there are nine tigers dwelling at the park. 

Published: 07-04-2017 08:20

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