National Parks in India reopen to full houses in October, 2017

When: 01 October, 2017
Where: Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
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Ranthambore National Park re-opens on 01 October, 2017.

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First week of October is a very crucial week for all Tiger lovers in India. They eagerly await the re-opening of the national parks after the three long month closure due to monsoons. Even before the Tiger sightings, the first few pug marks generate mental celebration as that is information enough on the well-being of the beloved Tigers! Ranthambhore and Kanha National Parks this year will open to full houses practically in terms of Tiger sightings. The Tigers have given a lot of hope for a wonderful season ahead for those interested in sighting Tigers this year. Ranthambhore on the other hand has retained everything as of last year. Bandhavgarh and Tadoba also anticipate big opening.

The Ranthambore National Park reopened for the season on 01 October, 2017 after a long monsoon break. Every year Ranthambore National Park remains closed for three month during the monsoons i.e July, August and September. Although Jungle safari zones 6 to 10 remain open for tourists for monsoon safaris. But the post monsoon period visit to Ranthambore National Park is always more promising.

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No Monsoon Safari’s in Rajasthan’s Wildlife Reserves

When: 01 July, 2017
Where: Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur
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Ranthambore and Sariska Wildlife Parks to remain closed for Monsoon.

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With the monsoon’s, comes disappointment for all game-safari lovers. The wildlife safari for the season usually comes to a close. The forest reserves of Rajasthan that are closed during the monsoons include Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keolado National Park, Darrah Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Santuary, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, Desert national Park as well as Mount Abu Sanctuary.  While the Forest Authorities had recently announced that the Wildlife reserves and parks will remain open during the Monsoons, but after NTCA’s objection, the Rajasthan Forest Department has taken its previous orders back and decided to close the reserves.

All the three tiger reserves of Rajasthan — Ranthambhore, Sariska and Mukandara — will be closed this year during monsoon. According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the Rajasthan Forest Department has dropped its orders to keep the parks open during monsoon keeping in mind various reasons. However ZONE 1-5 at the Ranthambhore National Park will remain closed during the monsoon season i.e from 01 July up-to 30 September 2017, Zone 6-10 will remain open for safaris. Ranthambhore National Park will re-open with all 10 Zones from 1st October 2017 and all tourist activities will then commence as usual.

Ranthambore Jeep safari price hiked

When: 23 June, 2017
Where: Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur
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PC: Wasim Akhtar

With effect from 23 June, 2017, the jeep safari at the Ranthambhore National Park has become costlier. The Forest Department has ordered to introduce new rates last Friday on-wards from the morning shift. Tourists will now have to pay an added sum of Rs 1020/- for the Gypsy safari. The new rates have been increased after March 2015. The revenue generated will be used for the development of the Park.

No increase in Canter safari rates – There has been no change in rates of Canter (open top roof safari bus) safari by the forest department and the rates of open safari buses (Canter) have been decided to be kept the same as earlier.

Jeep safari rates were increased due to high demand for Jeep – According to the forest officials, 80 percent of tourists visiting the park demand private gypsy’s. While the numbers of gypsy’s at the Ranthambore National Park are limited, it is not feasible to provide the same for everyone.  According to the Forest Department, if the rates for the gypsy safari is increased, visitors and tourist’s will opt for the Canter Safari instead. Added advantage here is that the canter can accommodate, 18 to 20 tourists at the same time, and the gypsy can accommodate only 5 to 6 people, making it a more Eco friendly way to travel.

Monsoon Safari’s in Rajasthan’s Wildlife Reserves

When: 01 July, 2017
Where: Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur
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With the monsoon’s approaching, comes disappointment for all game-safari lovers. The wildlife safari for the season usually comes to a close. But in order to promote ecotourism, the forest officials have initiate jungle safari’s in their respective buffer zone’s from July 01, 2017. It is indeed a good news for wildlife lovers as National Parks have come up with monsoon safari’s this year. According to the authorities, the safaris will not focus on tiger sightings but to educate people about the richness of Forest reserve’s.

The forest reserves of Rajasthan that are closed during the monsoons include Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keolado National Park, Darrah Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Santuary, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, Desert national Park as well as Mount Abu Sanctuary. Out of which Ranthambore National Park (RNP), Sariska iger Reserve and Mukundra Tiger Reserves are the ones that will be kept open this monsoon season. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the standing committee of the State Board of Wildlife and the Tiger Conservation Federation.

The national parks in the state, which are usually closed between July 1 and September 30, will be thrown open to the public by the forest department. Ranthambore, Sariska and Mukundra tiger reserves are the ones that will be kept open this monsoon season. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the standing committee of the State Board of Wildlife (SBWL) and the Tiger Conservation Foundation (TCF).

However, the onus of taking appropriate steps to implement the order with due attention to NTCA’s concerns, has been left to respective field directors. In a letter to Tiger Range States, NTCA had approved the closure of all tiger reserves as per the recommendations of the technical committee for a minimum period of three months. The NTCA had cited a few reasons for shutting the national parks for tourists during monsoons in 2006, a practice which continues till date. According to NTCA, forests rejuvenate during monsoon, which was also the breeding time for tigers. Besides, the mud tracks become slushy with rains and the possibility of safari vehicles getting stuck in the slush was greater, posing a safety risk for tourists.

During the last monsoon, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) had thrown open zones 6 to 10 for the public, where chances of tiger sightings were almost zero. But in a year, these have become popular zones of the critical tiger habitat, with reports good sightings of the big cat. “Tigers breed during all 12 months of a year. Some jungle tracks become slushy, but most of the terrain in the park is dry . Besides, opening the zones to tourism helped to check illegal grazing, cutting of forest, and other illegal activities during the monsoon as well as to monitor the movement of tigers,” wildlife experts said.

Zones in these parks will be kept open on a rotational basis for three months around the year, wherein each zone would be closed for three months. During monsoons, some zones will be opened for tourism depending on the critical circumstances, condition of roads and keeping in mind the safety of tourists. Wildlife enthusiasts can have a fantastic opportunity to explore wildlife amidst the rains. Thou in case of heavy rains in the area, the Forest department has the right to close safari zone’s and cancel safari’s without any prior notice.

 

Tatkal Safari Bookings Now Available At The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

When: 01 October, 2016.
Where: Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Modhopur, Rajasthan
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The Ranthambhore Forest Department has started a TATKAL booking quota for Exclusive Jeep Safari’s in Zone 1-5 w.e.f 01 October, 2016

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Impromptu travelers heading to the Ranthambore National Park will now not return disappointed for not being able to make it to the forest for tiger sightings. Extending the ‘Tatkal’ booking scheme facility, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) is initiating a facility for Tatkal booking for the much in demand, forest safaris. Given the number of hotels that have proliferated in Ranthambore, on several occasions, visitors have not been able to get a Gypsy for visiting the Tiger Reserve. Taking this into consideration the forest department has initiated a system of Tatkal booking. In this quota Gypsy’s would be available at on payment of a Tatkal fee besides the regular park safari fee.

Under this quota up to 20 Gypsy’s would be available to tackle the rush and holiday period and provide relief to visitors. Doing away with the traditional roster system in which guides were allotted turn by turn, now visitors would be able to take a nature guide of choice out of the registered nature guides without paying any additional fee. Under the several new initiatives in this tourist season, a new zone (Zone 11) is also being opened up to promote tourism in the adjoining Keladevi Sanctuary. Keeping in mind the time spent at the entrance gate, going through the verification formalities, new entry points will also be set up and for this purpose the zones are being partially realigned. With separate entry and exit points for Gypsy’s and Canters for zones 1, 4 and 5, the movement of tourism vehicles will be smooth and will also save time.

Besides, for serious wildlife enthusiasts, film makers and research scientists, provision of full day and half day safaris have been already been made and implemented earlier in April, 2016. In this scheme the forest department has cater to a maximum of 5 Gypsy’s, subject however to prevailing conditions of the Park. The forest department is also trying to provide an additional facility for visitors coming to RTR during holidays and the rush period. Add to that, for visitors planning a full day outing at the park without having to return to the hotel after the morning safari, day eco-shelter facilities would soon be developed particularly at Amli deh, Depura Bandha and Balas Chauki. The forest department is contemplating developing these under the Public Private Partnership, PPP model in collaboration with agencies specializing in hospitality services.

And that’s not all; Soorwal reservoir, 10 km from Sawai Madhopur would also be developed for bird watching for which local communities would be involved along with an expert consultant.

National Parks in India reopen to full houses in October, 2016

When: 01 October, 2016.
Where: Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
For more information, contact us at: communications@travelplanraj.com

Ranthambore National Park re-opens on 01 October, 2016.

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First week of October is a very crucial week for all Tiger lovers in India. They eagerly await the re-opening of the national parks after the three long month closure due to monsoons. Even before the Tiger sightings, the first few pug marks generate mental celebration as that is information enough on the well-being of the beloved Tigers! Ranthambhore and Kanha National Parks this year will open to full houses practically in terms of Tiger sightings. The Tigers have given a lot of hope for a wonderful season ahead for those interested in sighting Tigers this year. Ranthambhore on the other hand has retained everything as of last year. Bandhavgarh and Tadoba are anticipating a big opening on 15th Oct, and Corbett in mid November.

The Ranthambore National Park is all set to reopen for the season on 01 October, 2016 after a long monsoon break. Every year Ranthambore National Park remains closed for three month during the monsoons i.e July, August and September. Although Jungle safari zones 6 to 10 remain open for tourists for monsoon safaris. But the post monsoon period visit to Ranthambore National Park is always more promising. Amidst all excitement, lest we forget the legendary Ranthambore tigress Machhli, India’s most famous tigress Queen of Ranthambhore ‘Machhali’ T-16 who passed away on August 18, 2016. She was found dead in a densely forested patch near a luxury resort at fringe of the Ranthambhore National Park that was last territory of her life. Machhali was the longest surviving Tigress in the Ranthambore National Park and she had crossed the age of 19. The Legendary Ranthambore tigress ‘Machhli’ was one of the most photographed Tigers in the world, and her absence shall always remain.

Ranthambore’s iconic tigress, ‘Machhli’ passes away at 19.

When: 18 August, 2016

Where: Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur

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India’s most iconic and endearing big cat, Machhli, died of old age in Ranthambore National Park on Thursday morning.

 

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In picture: ‘Machhli’ battles a 14-foot-long crocodile at Ranthambore National Park.

Born in 1997, Machhli — also known as T-16 — got her name from a fish-shaped mark on her face. Over the years, she became one of the most-photographed animals in the world succumbed to old age on Thursday morning ending her love affair with Rajasthan’s Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. The 19-year-old tigress, one of the most photographed in the world, was reported dead around 9.50 am on the fringe of the park, close to a densely forested patch near a luxury resort that became her last territory.

Machhli was found in a bamboo patch and since there was no movement for a long time forest officials checked on her to find that she was no more. The patch was immediately cordoned off and a team of Vets and top forest officials carried out the necessary formalities. The carcass was also sent for postmortem after which a cremation ceremony was carried out as per Hindu rituals. She is known to be the oldest living tigress in wild and her fame has been such that she has been drawing tourists from all over the globe. She was named ‘Machhli’ by Colin Patrick Stafford-Johnson, a cinematographer who went on to do five documentaries on her after he spotted what looked like a ‘fish’ on her cheek.

Her most famous and remembered wildlife encounter is the one where she not only fought but also killed a 14-foot long crocodile. She is a legend and will remain the undisputed queen of Ranthambore even if she is gone. In spite of being in her prime, even in this season, she was most sought after, as a lot of tourists feel that unless they have seen ‘Machhli’ their journey to Ranthambore remains incomplete, although almost half of the tigers from Ranthambore belong to her lineage. Machli had lost all her canine teeth during her fight with the crocodile and sources say she was given baits to ensure she did not die due to hunger. She even had a dedicated team that used to keep a track of her movements. She was a crowd-puller and her fame is such that she has a postage stamp, and several short film/documentaries dedicated to her name.

RIP Machhli