Nagpur: In another leap to boost wildlife tourism, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is also planning to start full-day safaris in the buffer zone on the lines of the core.
According to sources, there is also an idea to start safaris on interconnected routes. On a pilot basis, one such route identified by the park management includes Dewada-Agarzari-Moharli-Adegaon-Junona in the Mohurli buffer.
Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Conservator of Forests (CF) and TATR Area Director said this: “The Executive Committee of the Tiger Conservation Foundation (TCF) has taken this decision in a meeting on 7th November.”
Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar also said, “Deputy Director (Buffer) Kushagra Pathak is also going to work on the modalities. One route has also been identified on pilot basis and based on the feedback also the model will be replicated on other buffer routes. Very soon the admission fee will also be finalized.”
The Tadoba buffer zone also has about 13 entrances and the safari routes are mostly interconnected as well. Other routes where similar safaris can be implemented include the Kolara-Madnapur-Bellara and Navegaon-Alizanja-Nimdhela sections.
The potential Dewada-Adegaon-Agarzari route has been identified
Currently, a day safari in Tadoba Core costs Rs 45,000 for Indian tourists. This includes entry, vehicle, and guide fees. It costs Rs 55,000 for foreign tourists. “The potential Dewada-Adegaon-Agarzari route has also been identified, which is about 80-100 km. Tourists will also be able to enjoy safari from dawn to dusk and can also book log huts to stay in Agarzari. Hopefully, the decision will be implemented soon.” Said a wildlife buff.
Resort owner Nikhil Abhyankar has welcomed this move. “With a very large presence of tigers and other wild animals, the Dewada-Adegaon-Junona-Agarzari route has huge potential to generate revenue. This is also equivalent to being seen with the core.”
Nikhil Abhyankar further said, “Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve buffer routes are the most sought after by the visitors. This decision will not only give a boost to tourism but will also give an additional opportunity for wildlife photographers to explore the forest. The local people will also benefit immensely from this step.”