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Sharad Kumar Vats

Changes in Tourism Policies in Central Indian National Parks

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In 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

 

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Weren't those regulations put in place to release pressure on wildlife? Not sure if abolishing premium rates is a good thing (for tourists). Yes if the premium rates drop to non-premium, no if just all rates become equivalent to the premium rate, but they just call it something different.

I hope this doesn't impact the wilderness experience of tourists in these parks, which for some parks and/or regions within parks isn't already very good.

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You are right @@egilio these regulations were put in place to release pressure at a time when the Tiger sightings were good in limited areas only.

 

1. There has been a considerable change in that now. Sightings are infact better in other zones now. For e.g. Magdhi a non premium zone had more pressure than the premium zone Tala in Bandhavgarh, and also same for Kanha, Mukki zones was more in demand than the premium Kanha zone.

 

2. The restrictions on the number of vehicles in a particular zone are still there, so the pressure is not high in certain areas and low in others.

 

3. The premium rates will drop to regular rates, no other name being given to it.

 

4. It does not impact the wilderness experience at all.

 

Warm Regards

 

Sharad Vats

 

http://www.naturesafariindia.com

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@@Sharad Kumar Vats thanks for letting us know about these changes.

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