Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur
News Update: June 20, 2017
It really is the matter of cheers for the wildlife enthusiasts in this monsoon as the famous Ranthambore National Park to be kept open for the wildlife tourists during the monsoon season. Unlike the rainy season of every year, the forest department of Rajasthan has decided that the Ranthambore tiger reserve and other tiger reserves in the state remain open for the tourists also during the monsoon season of this year. It means the tiger reserves in the state will remain open throughout the year, however, which is a clear violation of the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). According to the NTCA guidelines, all the Tiger Reserves in India should be kept closed for at least 3 months in a year.
The Tiger reserves in Rajasthan or any other tiger reserve in India closes down any tourism activities during the monsoon season which starts from July and lasts till September. The park closes its door for tourists for the two reasons; first is the safari in the dense forest during the monsoon season is not safe and it can be very dangerous to roam inside the forest during the heavy rain and overflowing rivers, and the second reason is the monsoon season is the mating season for the Big cats so in order to reduce the human interference during their mating season the park is closed. Also, the big cats don’t like any kind of interference during their mating period, especially, any human intervention and it infuriates them, which may lead to human-animal conflict and any fatal incident.
However, it is said that the Rajasthan forest department has taken the decision to allow the wildlife lovers to enjoy the tiger safari also during the monsoon season under the pressure of the very powerful lobby of hoteliers. There are 10 safari routes in the Ranthambore National Park and the routes are allotted to the safari Jeep at the time of entry. Among the ten routes, the five routes will remain open for the safari during this rainy season. Apart from the Ranthambore, the Sariska Tiger Reserve will also remain open during the monsoon season, making tiger safari available for the tourist throughout the year.
According to the sources, an order has been issued from the office of the Chief Wildlife Warden of Rajasthan to keep all the tiger reserves open for the wildlife tourists during the monsoon season. The order was said to be given after the suggestion from the standing committee of Rajasthan Wildlife Board. The suggestion says that the tourists could be permitted for the safari in the parks during the monsoon season. As per the NTCA order dated August 18, 2015, the tiger reserves should be kept closed for 3-5 months in a year. “While this NTCA order makes sense in a state like Kerala where it rains heavily during the monsoon season, it is of no use in Rajasthan where scanty rains are reported,” said a senior forest department official. The field director can decide which routes are allowed and which should be closed for the safari due to the rain during the monsoon season.