Chandrapur: After a long break, the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Maharashtra is booked 100 per cent ahead of Christmas and New Year’s eve. The Tiger Reserve which was reopened in October after gap of six months however is taking precautionary measures to avoid over-crowding. The authorities have allowed only a limited number of tourists per vehicle for the safari.
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve in Vidarbha is one of the famous tourist spots around the country for tiger sightings. Tadoba and Pench are hotbed for nature lovers as tourists come here to relax during the holiday period. Bookings at Moharli, Kolara, Phuntwanda, Kolsa and Navegaon are occupied too. Other places such as Devada, Agarzari, Junona, Madanapur, Alijanja, Navegaon, Ramdegi, Chichkheda and Nimdela where one can witness tigers are in full swing too.
Other than tiger reserve, tourist spots in the state are showing a cheering picture in terms of guest arrivals ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) officials recently stated that multiple destinations in the state are booked 100 per cent ahead of Christmas and New Year’s eve.
Vineet Arora, Wildlife Rehabilitator said, “All the tiger lovers are happy as they can now witness their favourite animal at Tadoba Andhari National Park. Also, the rise in footfall is giving boost leading to happy faces in the tourism sector which was affected badly amid COVID-19 lockdown. Although tourism is on the rise, tourists should follow all COVID-19 protocols and enjoy the wildlife.”
The wildlife tourism season in India runs for about nine months, from October to -June. By July, when the monsoon season starts, the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are shut. When they re-open in October, tourists, desire for a taste of the wilderness.
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has blunted the gusto of tourists. It also had a crippling effect on the wildlife tourism sector. Ever since the lockdown was declared in March, the sector has witnessed a massive loss.