Jaipur: In a major announcement, the wildlife department of Rajasthan on Sunday said that Ranthambore National Park in Sawaimadhopur and Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar districts will reopen for tourists from June 1. It has come as a big relief to the tourism industry that had been suffering from the negative impact of COVID-19 for the past three months. The eco-tourism is a major part of the tourism industry in Rajasthan and both these parks are the most popular wildlife destinations. Tourism industry experts said that the decision will help revive the tourism industry in the state.
Chief wildlife conservator Arindam Tomar issued an interim order in this regard on Sunday. He said that all the precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of tourists and wild animals.
“All the precautions required in the wake of COVID-19 concerns will be taken,” Tomar said.
Some of the wildlife destinations which will now be open for visitors include Ranthambore, Sariska, Mukundra Hills, Keladeo Bird Sanctuary, Jhalana Leopard Safari (Jaipur), Sajjangarh Biological Park (Udaipur), Machia Biological Park (Jodhpur) and Nahargarh Biological Park.
Social distancing guidelines will be followed and a cap on the maximum number of tourists allowed to enter these places may be put in place. The guides will need to follow these guidelines and ensure that tourists are also compliant with them. No spitting will be allowed.
“The safety of tigers and other protected animals is a top priority so we will ensure that the infection doesn’t spread in these wildlife destinations,” said an officer.
The Rajasthan archaeological department has already announced to reopen monuments and heritage sites of the state including Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Albert Hall.