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After NTCA’s objection, Ranthambore and Sariska Wildlife Parks to remain closed for Monsoon.

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We were happier after the recent announcement of the opening of Wildlife reserves and parks to be opened for Monsoon, But after NTCA’s objection, 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, as it is the breeding period of wild animals, especially the tigers, and also because of safety concerns for visitors.

Although, there is still some hope of tiger sighting as five of ten zones remain open during monsoon where tourism continues unabated. One zone of Sariska also remains opened for tourism during monsoon.

 

Ranthambhore Tiger Safari in Gypsy becomes costlier by Rs 170

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Ranthambore National Park rejoiced the monsoon travelers by throwing the park open to tourists in monsoon season too. But there’s an added price to pay as the Gypsy Safari has become costlier v.e.f. from June 23, 2017.

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Yes the tourists will now have to shell out more from their pockets, for sighting tigers in Ranthambore National Park (RNP). The department of forest has hiked the safari charges for the tourists who want to ride a Gypsy in the Park. No hike has, however, been proposed for safari in canters.

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Now, both domestic and foreign tourists will have to pay more for tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park. Previously, the booking price per person was Rs.727 for a domestic tourist and it has now been increased to Rs. 897 per person after the hike of Rs.170. Similarly, gypsy booking price for foreign tourists has been increased to Rs1,637 from the previous fee of Rs1,467. The increase in revenue is being attributed to the growing population of tigers in Ranthambore reserve.

Apart from this, Ranthambore in 2016 launched a ‘tatkal’ tiger safari scheme, allowing tourists to go on a full day or half day forest safari from sunrise to sunset.

Sariska National Park hikes its Safari Rates

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We remembering sharing with you some exciting reasons to go on Ranthambore wildlife safari in summer, that’s good but you should also know that visiting one of the Tiger Reserves in Rajasthan- Sariska will be costlier now.

The tiger safari in Sariska Tiger Reserve has become costlier after the recent hike. Tourists will now have to shell out Rs 1,000 more for the Gypsy safari, starting this month i.e. May, 2017. The forest department has now increased the Gypsy safari fee from Rs 3,280 to Rs 4,280, a hike of rs 1,000, from May 1. The Sariska Park has been faring badly in the wildlife safari circuit since 2005 and this new hike may take it even more down the preferred list of tourists.As it is, the park is short on tigers when compared to the more illustrious Ranthambore reserve.

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With only 13 to 14 tigers compared to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve’s 60, sighting a big cat has become rare in Sariska, which is jokingly referred to as ‘buffalo sanctuary’. Instead of such price hikes, the government will have to draw up a comprehensive plan of action if it’s serious about reviving the park. The forest cover of Sariska reserve (1,100 sq km) is larger than Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, which spans over barely 392 sq km along with 60 tigers. Though Sariska lost all its tigers to poaching by 2005, it is now home to 14 big cats after relocation of tigers, distributed over a vast expanse of forest. To add to the woes, the forest department had copied the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve model and introduced three or four designated zones for tourists in Sariska.

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Ranthambore for Wildlife Safari in Summers!

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tiger.jpgSummer season is here again in its full bloom and the first thing that hits our mind about summers is the sweltering heat. Well, for the wildlife freaks there isn’t any better time to get into the lush forest of Ranthambore National Park. It is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur.

Read to know the reasons why we are suggesting Summers as the best time  for Ranthambhore-

  1. One of the best place to see Feline Wonders- Yes, Ranthambhore Forest is one such place that has maximum tiger density when compared to any other tiger reserve of the country. The number of tigers increased to 60 in 2016. There are 10 zones in the national park and each zone has marked territories for several tigers. It is believed that zones 1 to 5 are the best places for spotting tigers. The remaining zones have lesser sightings for tigers.
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Tigress T-60 with her cub, Ranthambhore, June 16.

 

2. Chances of sightings not so rare-  As the deciduous forest is at its driest state, chances of sighting grows manifolds. Your eyes can wander through the wide dried jungle giving you far better chance to see the feline wonder even from a distance which is not the case in winters when the jungle is lush green. When the hot and blazing sun dries up all the water bodies in the forests, it becomes easier to see denizens of the wild who are forced to quench their thirst at these tiny oases left in this dry season of the year.

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Tigress T-17, May 2012

3. Varied Habitat- Apart from that the great Landscape of Ranthambore is a sight to behold in itself; it is evident that Ranthambore is the only place which has ravines, lakes, vast fields, small plateaus and valleys, hilltops, rugged land all at one place. Besides the presence of historical ravines, the great Ranthambore Fort within the National Park makes up for a terrific backdrop for photography.

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4. Glimpse near the water body– Birds and animals of the park appear panting and their usual movements become soporific as they spend most of their time in the shade of survived trees, which are left around perennial waterholes. This state of the deciduous forest in dry season creates a perfect condition for observing wildlife with the maximum chances of sightings because all the wildlife creatures will eventually pay a visit to have water; you just have to wait patiently around the water bodies.

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The most amazing thing is this formation of several water belts in Ranthambore National Park.  No matter how grilling the sun is, if you really wish to see the tigers then these are the spots you should drive to.

 

Another interesting advantage of visiting Ranthambore National Park in summer is the increasing alarm-calls or distress-calls emitted by langurs, when they see a predator. This helps in getting the direction as where to drive for tiger sighting. And without the benefit of covering grasses the tigers can be easily sighted, as the dry and sparse vegetation during summers is conducive for a clear glimpse into the heart of the jungle.

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Ruins of Ranthambhore

5. The Vintage Backdrop- Ranthambhore National Park carries with it decades of history. Witnessing the grandeur of majestic tiger against the glory of bygone era can not be experienced anywhere else as in its premises stands many archaeological remnant.

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So the next time if you are wondering what could be the best time to visit Ranthambore, don’t allow the prospect of soaring temperature to divert your plans. We bet it is summer with its equivalent heat for sure, which is the coolest time to visit Ranthambore National Park.

National Parks in Rajasthan closed for Monsoon

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With the end of the summer and the onset of Monsoon, it’s time to say good-bye to your frequent trips to jungle across India. All the tiger reserves and National Parks  of India including Ranthambhore National Park and Sariska will be closed from July 1 and will reopen for wildlife tourism from October 01, 2014, which is the annual feature of the parks for the monsoon.

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As per the  forest officials and experts, it is this time of the year that many animals and thousands of egrets, herons, storks, cormorants, darters, spoonbills and ibises breed and the entry of tourists might pose as a disturbance in their mating and cause problem for them. During these months the wild animals turn aggressive and need complete isolation. These aspects along with other maintenance works of the Forest Department are necessary for closing of parks. Therefore the parks are closed. However, in Sariska, religious tourists to temple at Pandupole will be allowed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Brown Fish Owl at Ranthambhore National Park

Brown Fish Owl at Ranthambhore National Park

Common Kingfisher at Ranthambhore National Park

Common Kingfisher at Ranthambhore National Park

Grand Old Tigress Machali at RAnthambhore National Park

Grand Old Tigress Machali at RAnthambhore National Park

Till then, will miss the chilling cacophony of languor shrieks, sambar calls, chirping of birds and the sight of a fierce tiger enjoying its prey or playing with its cubs.

Lets join hands to wish the denizens of jungle a safe monsoon !!!

PS- All the pictures used in the blog are of Ranthambhore National park captured just before the end of the season.

Ranthambhore National Park opens tomorrow with a slight hike in fares!

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As the monsoon is done with its brilliant shower throughout the season and gave all the reasons to the jungle to flourish; the jungle is full of surprises and incredible adventures for all the wildlife enthusiasts who are already set for the season’s first jungle safari.

Absolutely, now the time is for us to experience the breathtaking surprises of Jungle with all the National Parks officially opening for tourist Safaris from tomorrow i.e. October 01, 2013.

Once again you will witness the incredible activities of wild at its peak. The Ranthambhore National Park will once again break into chilling cacophony of languor shrieks, sambar calls and chartering of birds. The sound of fear and excitement, and a fierce tiger enjoying its prey or playing with its little cubs!!

Forest Officials informed that there is a slight hike in the safari fares from October01, 2013. Those who have booked the safari earlier will have to pay the difference at the time of their safari. But this in never going to be a constrain because such great fun and adventure is worth a little more splurge!

Get ready with all your gears and safari backpack, because this time wild and wilderness would have an all new excitement with little tiger cubs, migrated animals, lush flora and the legendary time honored oldest big cat ‘Machhli”

Advance booking for Ranthambhore Safari

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The lush green Ranthambhore National Park awaits your visit as the park opens post monsoons on October 01, 2013.

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As per the discussions held at meeting organized by Ranthambore National Park authorities, the advance Jeep, Canter Safari booking and the online jeep /canter safari booking for the season 2013-14 is scheduled to be open for the visitors after September 15, 2013.

It is also informed that only limited number of Jeeps and canters will be available for game drivers in advance booking quota.

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So, if you are planning to unravel the surprises of jungle this season then plan from now!!

Requirements to Book Safaris:

(01) Full names of all persons visiting the National Park.

(02) Passport numbers of all persons visiting the National Park.