Half day and full day safaris have been stopped in Ranthambore National Park
Full day and half day safaris have been stopped in Ranthambore from 1st October. Taking an important decision on Monday, the Rajasthan government has issued an order to stop the full day and half day safari in Ranthambore National Park with immediate effect.
On 22 August 2022, Principal Forest Secretary and Environment Department Shikhar Agarwal announced on his social media account that the full day and half day safari in Ranthambore was being discontinued.
He posted on social media that "in the larger interest of wildlife, it has been decided to stop half day and full day safaris in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve."
However, the forest department has decided to allow tourists who have made online advance booking for half day and full day safaris in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Future booking has been closed for full day and half day safaris in Ranthambore National Park. A senior official said that those who have already booked these safaris will be allowed safaris. Regular morning and evening safaris in Ranthambore National Park will continue as usual.
After paying a huge amount to the forest department, there was no restriction of the safari zone for tourists in full day and half day safaris, whereas in regular safaris the tourist has to go to the same zone in which his/her safari is booked.
There was a limited quota of jeeps in full day and half day safaris. Only 5 jeeps were allowed in it. A senior official has said that "the latest decision will discipline the safari and reduce the hardships faced by the tigers."
In the year 2019, an amendment was made for full day and half day safaris, wherein tourists were allowed to move from zone 1 to 5 as per regular morning and evening safari timings and after the regular safari timings are over. Later tourists had to go to Zone 6 to 10. This change led to a drop in the number of tourists for full day and half day safaris.
Ranthambore National Park is famous for jungle safaris not only in India but all over the world and special half day and full day safaris have been widely popular. The full day and half day safaris that started in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve about six years ago are attracting tourists from all over the world. But now these safaris are being closed from the coming tourist season. The tourist season in Ranthambore National Park starts from 1st October.
This decision has stirred the people associated with Ranthambore National Park tourism. At the same time, wildlife lovers are considering it as a bold decision of the Rajasthan government. They believe that this decision will help in the conservation of wildlife.