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Jhalana Reserve Forest, which is quite prominent for its leopard population, experienced a rise in footfall soon after the safari was started in the region. Located in the heart of the Jaipur over an area of 24 sq kms, it is said to be the best site for leopard sighting with all slots of safari are booked up to March 2017. The decision of starting the wildlife safari is said to be incumbent chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s gift to wildlife lovers. Currently, there are 14-15 leopards in the park, visible to the tourists from a distance of mere 10-20 feet.
The forest authorities are taking up many conservation initiatives to save the leopard population so as to increase tourists interest. And all their efforts are clearly visible in the statistics made available by the forest department; as per which, tourist footfall from March to November end this year was 21,747 which earned a total revenue of Rs 15, 10,535. Earlier, there was no revenue. Also, a jump has been seen in foreign tourists population, earlier, which was barely 3, is now 30.
Along with the conservation initiatives, the park will soon get a major facelift. Route signage; a ticket kiosk with an electronic machine and online booking will start from next year.
Tour My India News Desk.