Price per person for tiger safari in gypsies has been increased by Rs 170.
Jaipur: Domestic and international tourists will have to pay more to enjoy tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park. The park authorities announced on Friday that the price per person for tiger safari in gypsies has been increased by Rs 170 for both domestic and foreign tourists.
Earlier the booking price per person was Rs 727 for a domestic tourist. It has now been increased to Rs 897 per person. Similarly, gypsy booking price for international tourists has been increased to Rs 1673 from the previous fee of Rs 1467.
ACF Booking (Tiger Project) Mangal Singh told media persons that the gypsy booking price for tiger safari at Ranthambore has bene increased on the direction from the department.
“From June 23, tourists and wildlife lovers coming to visit Ranthambore will have to pay Rs 170 more (per person),” said Singh.
The increase in booking price will boost the park’s revenue, according to reserve officials.
They said that there had been an increase in expenditure on security and other relocation of human habitats. The increased revenue would help them cover the cost.
The increased price has into effect from June 23.
In terms of revenue generation from tourism, Ranthambore is the highest grossing tiger reserve in the country.
Ranthabmore grossed total revenue of Rs 23.06 crore during the financial year 2016-17.
The revenue was Rs 5 core and Rs 3.8 crore for Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra and Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh respectively during the same period.
The increase in revenue is being attributed to the growing population of tigers in the reserve. Besides, Ranthambore in 2016 launched a ‘tatkal’ tiger safari scheme, allowing tourists to go on full day and half day forest safari from from sunrise to sunset.
Sawaimadhopur district in Rajasthan where Ranthambore tiger reserve is located makes around Rs 350 crores each year from wildlife tourism with direct impact on local economy. There are 2,000 hotel rooms and 1,200 tourist vehicles in the district. The reserve’s revenue is estimated to touch Rs 30 crores in 2017-2018.