Feb 6, 2015
CHENNAI: News about the increase in tiger population in India has set wildlife lovers packing off to tiger resorts across the country hoping for a glimpse of the big cat. Tour operators say that after a huge drop in demand for visits to tiger spots over the Past few months, there is now a renewed interest with about a 40% rise in queries. “Tiger sighting has always been a priority among most wildlife tourists, and there has been a significant increase in sales of wildlife packages. The rise in tiger population has been attracting tourists to Ranthambore, Corbett, Pench and Kanha. Tadoba Tiger reserve has been gaining a lot of traction because it has one of the highest densities of tigers in the country,” Neelu Singh, COO of Ezeego1.com, a Cox & Kings group company said.
“We have been seeing an increase in traffic to places like Corbett during long weekends since the locations are ideal for short getaways over three or four days, and we do expect an increase since there are several long weekends coming up this year,” Sharat Dhall, president of online travel portal yatra.com said. All the effort tourists put in to get to the difficult-to-reach destinations are bearing fruit. “We are also seeing an increase in reports of tiger sightings. More visitors now come back and tell us that they spotted tigers,” says Amit Chowdhury, president & COO of Adventure Nation, a community of adventure and outdoor enthusiasts and who organise adventure trips and nature travel. Driven by the increase in interest, Leisure Hotels, which operates three resorts in the Jim Corbett National Park, is planning to open properties in a few more tiger reserves. “In addition to Corbett and Rajaji National Park. We are looking at Pilibhit, which was declared a tiger reserve two years ago, in Kanha and Pench. We are planning tented camps in these regions,” said Vibhas Prasad, director of Leisure Hotels.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com