In the interest of promoting greater tourism through safe and sustainable Tiger sightings, the Indian Forest Department is planning to create a safari park at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
Up close and personal with the king of beasts
This and a plethora of other major decisions were recently taken by the Government of India in an effort to promote greater nature tourism in the country.
As part of these initiatives, a safari park at Ranthambhore will be created on 550 hectares, around 12 kms from the reserve near Bhuri Pahari area, according to officials of the Forest Department.
The aim of creating the Tiger Safari would be to facilitate tourist sightings of Tigers while at the same time balance the requirements of not disturbing the natural habitat of these majestic cats.
Furthermore, two more Tiger Safaris will also be established at Nahargarh Rescue Centre near Jaipur and at Bala Quila Sanctuary near Alwar.
In order to ensure the sustainability of this new initiative, the Critical Tiger Habitat (CTH) area of Ranthambhore and Sariska Tiger Reserves will be increased and CTH area falling out of the present sanctuary will also be included in the sanctuary area.
Other major decisions announced included the introduction of Sambhar Deer at the Jaisamand Sanctuary near Udaipur. Forest Department officials claimed that this would be a major change for the sanctuary as these Deer would have to be trans-located to the area.
Furthermore it was announced that the government plans to build a semi-captive exhibit centre for Siberian Cranes at Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur, which would create opportunities for conservation as well as nature tourism.
All of these decisions are expected to have far reaching implications for nature tourism in India. They will however have to be approved by the National Wildlife Board before they can be implemented.