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Sharad Kumar Vats posted a topic in Indian wildlifeIn an unprecedented move, the Forest Department has brought about some wonderful changes in the Tourism Policies of Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, and Pench National Parks in central India. This will Officially the changes will be listed by next week on their official website, but the news is actually very good for all foreign guests. 1. The concept of premium zones stands abolished. The extra rates that were charged for the premium zones of Tala in Bandhavgarh and Kanha are now not applicable. Which means all zones in the Madhya Pradesh park will have the same rate, and no premium charges for any zone. That makes the safaris more reasonable. Isn't that great? 2. Most important change; the entry permit rates for Indian and Foreign guests will be same with effect from October. This will actually mean a reduction in rates for foreigners from what they were paying until last year, and what they will pay from coming season. 3. These national parks now will remain open on Wednesday afternoons as well for safari. So no lazing around in the Lodge, or by the pool, hit for the safaris, until and unless you wish to stay back in the Lodge. 4.if you miss the 120 days deadline of booking safari, then don't worry there will be some last minute quota for permits reserved. But my suggestion is not to plan your safaris based on the last minute permit. It is better to book safaris 120 days prior. Many more changes but above are the most crucial ones, which will impact the tourism in these parks in a positive way. Enjoy the Tiger Safaris. Best Wishes Sharad Vats http://www.naturesafariindia.com
India pleasantly surprises me always. No one is ignorant to the fact that we have 16% of world population living in less than 1% land mass of this planet, and 4% of this 1% is the protected area in India. If the bio-mass pressure of our population was not enough on the shrinking forests of our country, add to that the pressure of cattle grazing. The growing demands of a developing nation do not help the cause either. To say that the Government is not doing enough will not be fair, and even more unfair will be to say that the people of this country are intolerant, not by a distance when it comes to environment. If one travels in the interiors you will still find, rural India worshipping trees, animals, mountains, streams, and practically everything that is in nature. No wonder this is the reason, why despite all adversities, all activists, politicians, NGO’s, courts, etc, India has still managed to hold on to some key species. The so called #TigerExperts had given a apocalypse that Tiger shall not survive to see the turn of the 21st century. Well, the Tiger survives well into 16 years, with a increasingly healthy population. Did these experts underestimate their subjects of study, and overestimate their own expertise? Maybe no, they were perhaps quite right at the time of this prediction, perhaps they did not understand the Newton’s 3rd law of motion. For every forest being disrobed, there are many Krishna’s prohibiting the same. There are poachers and there are protectors. In summary the experts saw only one side and predicted, they did not see the other side, the positive side, the human side. But I would still like to thank them for the prediction, cause that woke up lot of sleeping souls of the society, who did not wait for someone to tell them to rise, awake, and stop not till the goal of protection is reached. I would like to share an incident that I witnessed in #BandhavgarhNational Park in Feb 2016. Do see the image of the same below the text. While doing an evening safari in #Bandhavgarh, from a distance I noticed a forest guard sitting near the #Rajbhera waterhole. On looking closely we see a cheetal (spotted deer) by his side, and the guard feeding him with water and leaves. We waited. When we asked him what happened, he said, while patrolling this morning he noticed the deer, who was old and weak, almost dying next to the water hole. He then fed him with leaves and water. Thereafter, the deer was able to lift his head after a couple of hours. When he came back in the evening to feed the cheetal, he saw more improvement. I was touched by his gesture, no one had told him to do that. We appreciated his work, and what he said after that amazed me, and made me laugh simultaneously. He said, “Sirji hum to tiger ko bhi aise kar dein agar woh karne de”. (we would treat / handle the #tiger similarly if he allows us to). His voice and eyes had genuine concern and love for animals. Whether the deer survived the night by himself or not, whether he became food of some #predator or not, is not important. What is important is, that we do have a lot of sincere people in our forests doing their job very sincerely, silently, away from media and recognition. In my eyes, he did not only save the cheetal, he saved the tiger, and the forest simultaneously. His boss sits about 35kms from #Bandhavgarh, still he was doing something beyond his job, with no expectations, and perhaps hence I could see the smile and peace in his eyes. This is why I say, that there are Krishna’s working silently in many areas. A silent forest ranger at work in Bandhavgarh National Park I have not lost any hope despite a lot of adversity. Nature will regenerate, it is powerful enough to take care of itself, it has done so for eons, and will continue to do so eternally. Best Wishes Sharad Vats
Earthian posted a topic in IndiaHello there: After my Kenya jaunt last year, am planning to go to Madhya Pradesh ( Bhandhavgarh National Park)and see the wildlife there. Am planning to go by road from Ahmedabad (where i stay) via Indore, Bhopal and jabalpur.On the way back, i thought it would be fun to take a different route, via Khajurao (exotic sculptures fame), Panna National Park and any other suggestions that i may receive. Would appreciate advise on trip plan, stay and any general advise. Am a photography buff and hence plan to take my 600 mm along with the Manfrotto K 35 clamp for anchoring my wimberley head to the safari vehicle. However, i am not sure whether the safari vehicles in these parks have convenient side or roof bars where to clamp the k 35. Shall be grateful for any specific information in this regard. I would also like information on tour guides, safari organisers and the like. Gosh: seems like a big wish list. Matt- sorry that i am such a hog!
it was awesome to witness the success story of Panna National Park. T1 – the queen of Panna – is in great shape with her 4th litter of 2 cubs. The park has some tremendous potential and is an excellent tiger habitat. Photographers should watch out for Panna – another excellent location with great photographic potential.