The Ranthambore National Park, one of the well-known attractions of Sawai Madhopur District of southeastern Rajasthan, reopened for tourists on October 1. The park was closed for three months but the authorities decided to open it from 1st Oct with strict rules. Tourists will be under surveillance and anyone found violating the rules will be shown the door.
The field director Y K Sahu said that they have made sufficient arrangements to handle the rush, especially during the ongoing long weekend (Oct 1 to Oct 5). He said that the re-orientation of staff and guides has been properly done and a special team has also been instated to ensure ‘No Over-crowding’.
There are new guidelines to follow, one of which is the entry of only 20 canters and 20 gypsies is allowed at a time. Further, the number of routes has been increased from 9 to 10 to ease the commutation in the park.
The new rules also prohibit the crowding around a tiger. And to keep a tab on littering, packets of chips and plastic are banned in the park. If any guide is found violating the rule, authorities will cancel his license. And if any vehicle is reported for rash driving, its entry would be banned.
Currently the Ranthambore National Park is home to 59 tigers (adults and cubs), which is the largest in its history. Thus, visiting this park now means you have a great chance to see a tiger or any of its cubs. Plan a tour soon!