Jaipur: Some tiger safari zones have been reopened for tourists in Ranthambore National Park after they were closed due to heavy rains recently. The tourists and wildlife lovers showed enthusiasm as the tickets for all the shifts were almost fully booked on these safari routes on Monday. Only gypsies are being allowed to enter these zones. The bookings for canters are not being accepted.
“Tiger safari in zone number 6, 8, and 10 has been reopened for tourists. It was earlier closed as all the safari routes were inundated with rainwater. We feared that it could cause a mishap. But as there had been no rain over the past few days, we have decided to reopen these routes,” said a forest department official. Zone number 1-5 are already closed due to the monsoon season. These are zones where most tiger sightings happen.
Forest officials said that the roads in outer zones are being repaired. Some other zones will also be thrown open for tourists once the repair work is complete.
The tourists started booking safaris online as soon as the safari zones in the buffer area reopened. Nearly 240 tourists visited the park on Sunday. A total of 40 gypsies were allowed to enter the park for the tiger safari.