Guwahati, November 4 (Language) Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck enjoyed a walk in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in an open jeep on Saturday evening, the second day of his three-day visit to Assam.
An official of the Kaziranga National Park told PTI that the Bhutanese king and his royal entourage boarded an open jeep at the Mihimukh gate in the central Kohora range.
Assam government ministers Chandramohan Patowary, Ranoj Pegu, Atul Bora and senior officials of both the governments of Bhutan and Assam were traveling in separate vehicles.
Before returning to Mihimuk, the royal party stopped at ‘Kathpora Watchtower’ and ‘Daphlang Tower’.
Dressed in traditional Bhutanese attire ‘Gho’ and a khaki colored cap, the Bhutanese king was seen taking photographs on his mobile phone and trying to spot the animals through binoculars. He also saw elephants bathing in the Kohora river.
The Bhutanese King watched the sunset from a vantage point overlooking the forest department’s elephants and the Anglong hills behind.
Gifts given to the Bhutanese king and officials included a muga-silk gamchha (a traditional towel that is a symbol of Assam), a book on Kaziranga, a photograph of the park, a hand-carved wooden one-horned rhinoceros, the official said. And includes organic tea from Assam.
The Bhutanese King also attended a cultural program and dinner hosted by Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sharma at the Convention Center in Kaziranga.
Sharma said on ‘X’, “I am happy to know that the King of Bhutan enjoyed the rich biodiversity of Kaziranga National Park in Assam. We look forward to hosting the King of Bhutan along with his family, who will surely be mesmerized by the beauty of Kaziranga.”
The Bhutan King will leave for Delhi from Jorhat airport on Sunday. He is on an eight-day visit to India.
Language Jitendra Parul