Ranthambore, Sariska will remain partially closed this monsoon
Considering the breeding season for wild animals, especially the tigers, Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajastan will be partially closed this monsoon, i.e., from July 1 to September 30. However, Ranthambore safari in zone 6 to 10 will be opened for tourists same as in the past years. Similarly, Alwar’s buffer zone will also be open during this period.
While talking about the closure of the park, the Chief conservator of forests at Alwar, Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj, said, “The Park will remain closed for three months. However, pilgrims visiting Pandupol temple will be allowed to enter inside the park on Tuesday and Saturday. Alwar buffer zone will also be open for tourists.”
As per the sources, reserves have remained open for tourists during the past few years as the forest officials believe that tourism is helpful in monitoring tigers, at the same time curtail stealing, grazing and deforestation. Moreover, it is not at all risky for tourists to visit the regions during the monsoon, as the park terrains in most of the places remain dry.
“Opening of the zones will be considering the safety of the tourists and the conditions of the road. Normally zones in park will be opened on a rotation basis for three months round the year, so that each zone will be closed for three months”, explained a senior official from Ranthambore National Park.
Wildlife enthusiasts have welcomed the move, as the reserves will remain open partially for tourists during the monsoon season.