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Featured Image: File photo of visitors waiting to board the vehicle safari at Bengali Safari Park in Siliguri. 

By A Newsman

Siliguri, 20 September: WITH the vehicle safari being a huge draw ever since the Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri was thrown open last year, the authorities are all set to introduce elephant safari ~ a guided tour on elephant back ~ for the visitors.

According to state tourism minister Gautam Deb, a domesticated and trained female elephant named Urmila has been brought to the Bengal Safari Park from Buxa Tiger Reserve in the Dooars and the same will be used for the proposed elephant safari service.

“The plan is to inaugurate the service on 25 September, the day of Mahashasti when Durga Puja will begin. We are planning this as a gift to the people of Siliguri and the tourists alike,” Deb said.

Sources in the Bengal Safari Park said that both the tourism minister and the forest minister Binay Krishna Barman are likely to remain present at the inauguration of the service. Once launched, visitors will be able to book an elephant safari both online and at the ticket counter at the Park.

Bengal Safari Park, spread over 700 acres area inside the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary at Shorea on Sevoke Road about 7 km off Siliguri town, has numerous wild animals that include Royal Bengal Tigers, sambar deer, barking deer, spotted deer, rhino, wild boars, jungle fowl, jungle cats, and pheasants.

As of now, visitors are taken inside the Park on covered vehicles that traverse through the narrow roads inside with wild animals roaming nearby.