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Sariska, Ranthambore reopen for wildlife lovers

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June 8, 2020, 10:55 pm

leopard in Jhalana

Leopard in Jhalana reserve in Jaipur.

Jaipur: Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve and Jhalana Leopard Safari reopened for tourists on Monday. Experts said that as the reopening of wildlife destinations in Rajasthan coincides with the government allowing hotels and restaurants to function, the tourism industry that suffered huge losses due to COVID-19 lockdown will revive. However, there had been a lukewarm response from the tourists on Monday as all wildlife destinations in the state reported a low footfall.

Ranthambore National Park in Sawaimadhopur, Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar and Jhalana Leopard Reserve in Jaipur are among the most popular wildlife destinations in the state. They reopened for tourists on Monday.

“This will be a big step towards revival of tourism in Rajasthan. The tourist footfall will increase as the life returns to normalcy in the coming days,” said a tourism department officer.

The Rajasthan government has allowed hotels, restaurants and clubs to function. The hotels in Jaipur reopened after a gap of more than two months. The people were seen at restaurants in the city. The management of these places have been instructed to follow social distancing guidelines. The government warned that a strict action will be taken if the guidelines were violated.

First published: June 8, 2020