Situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan, Sariska Tiger Reserve is stretched over an area of 866 km² comprising scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests. Recently, developed as the state’s wildlife destination, it is smoothly catching pace in the tourism circuit with the attractive landscapes and vast flora & fauna.
The tiger reserve is soon going to give a reason to wildlife enthusiasts to rejoice as Rajasthan government’s tourism department is planning to develop a new tourism circuit with Sarika and its nearby areas.
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Beautiful places owned by RTDC at Sariska like Tiger Den and Siliserh, which have immense tourism potential due to their proximity to Delhi and Jaipur, have remained neglected due to several reasons. This year now, the tourism destination will be restored to its pristine glory and as a result, will boost the tourism potential of the entire state.
Tourism and wildlife go hand-in-hand at national parks, and very soon the travelers and wildlife enthusiasts visiting Rajasthan will get a chance to enjoy safaris in all the zones of Sariska Tiger Reserve.
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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.
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.
Here’s some good news for wildlife lovers- You can visit Sariska Tiger Reserve even in monsoon now. Yes the officials have started safaris in the Sariska buffer zone from 1st July, 2016. This safari in buffer zone does not focus on catching a glimpse of the elusive tigers rather it has been started to get people acquainted with Sariska Forest.
The national parks in Rajasthan including Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Keolado National Park, Darrah Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Santuary, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, Desert national Park, Mount Abu Sanctuary, SitaMata Sanctuary and Tal Chapper Sanctuary have been shut till 30th September. Sariska is the place where you can still go for wildlife sightings and an adventure in the forests.
The safaris will be carried out on 3 new routes and tourists will be taken to Silisedh, Balakila and Dadikar areas in Sariska’s buffer zone. 20 new vehicles have been plied for the safari and 30 nature-guides will help tourists in understanding the affluence of Sariska Forest. We say that you should lap up this opportunity if you are a nature aficionado!
With the monsoon season approaching, comes a disappointing news for all safari lovers, photographers and travelers. The season for safari in wildlife sanctuary will be closing on 30th June 2016 and is expected to remain closed till 30th September 2016. The safaris and reserves of Rajasthan include Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keolado National Park, Darrah Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Santuary, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, Desert national Park, Mount Abu Sanctuary, SitaMata Sanctuary and Tal Chapper Sanctuary.
There are various safety reasons due to which the safaris in the sanctuaries of Rajasthan remains closed during this time. One of them being heavy rainfall due to which the tracks lose its shape and the water collects which may shoot up the chances of accidents.
The other reason is that this is the breeding season for many animals. It is optimal for the survival of the young in terms of factors such as ambient temperature, water and food availability and also behavioral changes in many animals. Related interests and behaviors are expressed and accepted during this period.
Also, the growth in flora and fauna hikes up vegetation covers which spreads over the roads and tracks increasing the chances of attacks by wild animals and also the poisonous plants that grow alongside that may harm the visitors. Hence, for your safety, it will remain closed this season.
But , hey, don’t be disappointed. Rajasthan provides a wide scape for tourism. Those who want to travel must not cancel their plans due to this reason. Rajasthan welcomes you all with open hearts and wide arms. It’s a state that offers immense opportunities of exploring various cities, heritage sites, and culture . It’s the perfect time to explore all that while the sanctuaries remains closed.
For more details about the places you can discover in Rajasthan, please wait until the next blog comes up!
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An international level Swacch drive will take place for which the centre has identified 10 iconic places with higher footfalls and tiger reserves and sanctuaries, including Rajasthan’s Ajmer Dargah Sharif which is a noted holy sufi shrine in Ajmer and Sariska Tiger Reserve. They are to be cleaned according to international standards for which the World Bank will provide technical assistance. The government plans to do the bench marking to ascertain what will be the standard of cleanliness both inside and outside these places.
Maintaining cleanliness is a major concern these days. With all the dirt and garbage on streets the beauty of real Rajasthan takes a backseat. It is worth noting that Rajasthan is one of the important tourist destinations and due to all the garbage littering around, the system is definitely affected. The dirty streets, garbage pouncing out of the garbage boxes and monuments that are into ruins need to be stopped to protect the rich heritage of the state.
The initiative to clean these heritage sites and reserves is highly applaudable. With the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, rising concern for cleanliness among people is seen. In fact , there are various initiatives taken by people and organizations to clean the city themselves. And very proudly we can say that those efforts really proved fruitful. The city is way cleaner than before. People have also started taking care of it by not just providing a hand in cleaning but also by not spitting and throwing garbage and guiding others to stop doing the same. This has been an awakening for people so far and the results are right in front of their eyes.
This initiative by the government of Swacch drive is definitely going to help in highlighting the hidden treasures of Rajasthan and help in building a cleaner and safer state!
It’s not only the Ranthambore National Park that is undergoing changes in the safari schedule but the famous Sariska Tiger Reserve is all set to promote eco – tourism with the new changes from July 1, 2016.
The Sariska Tiger Reserve management has registered 20 new petrol vehicles and are training nearly 30 nature guides among the locals from Alwar.
The initiative of promoting eco – tourism will help developing other places in Alwar like Moosi Maharani ki Chatri, Fateh Jang ki Gummad, Alwar Museum, etc. to attract tourists, thus leading to development of the city. Even other tourist points are being developed at Pratapbandh, Siliserh Lake, Bala Quila which lies in the buffer zone of the reserve. These points are rich in wildlife like panther, hyena, jackal, sambhar, wild boar and variety of bird species.
Tiger tourism ban in core areas to stay until next court hearing on Oct 16th. However in all probabilities the parks are opening post the final hearing in October.
The tourism sector in Rajasthan is eagerly waiting for Supreme Court’s hearing on the interim ban on tourism in the core areas of Tiger tourism across the country. The final verdict would decide whether the travel and tourism companies can do bookings for the already arrived tourism season in the state.
The Supreme Court permitted the Centre to notify within a week its fresh guidelines for tiger conservation and regulating tiger tourism. However, they’ve made it clear that the state governments would be free to challenge the new guidelines if they felt these were against their interest. The Bench said it would consider modification of its July 24 ban on tiger tourism in the core areas of all tiger reserves
The fresh guidelines were aimed at turning wildlife tourism into “ Eco-tourism” with a greater involvement of the local people.
Here are the new guidelines-
- Under the revised guidelines, tourists would have to maintain a minimum distance of more than 20m from all wild animals. For those on vehicles, the distance would be 50m. Further, vehicles would not be allowed to remain at any wildlife sighting point for more than 15 minutes
- The Centre has been told to notify within a week its fresh guidelines for tiger conservation and regulating tiger tourism
- The state governments would be free to challenge the new guidelines if they felt these were against their interest