The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Kaziranga National Park in Assam where the Royal Couple enjoyed a wildlife safari. According to a report, the couple visited the famous national park on April 13, 2016, after being given a warm welcome with the traditional ‘Bihuwan’ by Principal Chief Conservator of Forest OP Pandey and Additional PCCF NK Yadav in front of the Kaziranga Infomation Centre. Click here to read more about Kaziranga park.
The official accompanying the couple informed that they were able to sight rhinos, buck deer, buffaloes and many other animals. They also visited the Dunga and Rowmari Forest camps where the maximum number of rhinos and tigers inhabit in the park. The royal couple enjoyed breakfast at Bimoli camp; they interacted with the KNP frontline staff asking about the habits of rhinos and elephants, the officials said. Anti-poaching measures were also discussed. As per the information, Prince William also enquired about the challenges the staff is facing in their efforts to keep the animals safe from poachers and if there is a need of superior weapons. The couple was humble enough to meet and interact with the families of the forest officials.
It is to be noted that the Duke and the Duchess arrived at Tezpur on April 12, 2016, for a two-day visit. Post a 90-minute drive from Tezpur Airport, they were welcomed at Diphlu River Lodge in Kaziranga where the couple first observed the observed the tradition of offering a ‘horai’ (bell metal plate with a stand) of ‘paan-tambul’ (betal nuts) with ‘dokhina’ (offerings) to the ‘Gurujona’ (God) for peace and prosperity of all and then was entertained with Assam’s folk dance Bihu and Jhumur dance of the tea tribes. The couple also interacted with the dancers, drum players and pepa (local flute) player. Prince William even attempted to blow a pepa.
The royal couple is scheduled to visit the Kaziranga Discovery Centre, where the Mark Shand Asian Elephant Learning Centre is located. They are likely to be briefed about measures to protect the Asian Elephants by the local people of Rong Terang village who are considered friends of Mark Roland Shand, a renowned British travel writer and conservationist.
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