New rules in Bandhavgarh

#1 Dec 2nd, 2009, 14:57
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Hi all!

As we know the Project Tiger not have been very succesfull and the tiger population is constantly decreasing, the forest department has set up new rules in Bandhavgarh NP.
I've read some news about the new safari rules, applied from oct-2009. I don't know if i understanded it all correctly so please correct me if i'm wrong.

1: The tiger shows are stopped. No chance to see tigers from the elephant back.

I think this could be a good thing. From my experience i felt that the tiger shows putted extreme pressure on the tigers as the elephants/mahouts were breaking trees etc to stress out a reaction of the resting tigers = good images for the tourists = good tip.

2: Fixed routes both in the morning and afternoon.

Earlier the routes was fixed only on the morning safari, and when you arrived to the checkpoint (halfways) you were permitted to take any route you desired. Now you have to stay on your designated route at all times (morning and evening)

This is both god and bad as i see it. Earlier all jeeps could congregate in the same place (after checking in at checkpoint) when i tiger were sighted, with people shouting and making a lot of noise which made it more like a circus than a national park. Now this is prevented with designated routes at all times.

On the other hand, the earlier afternoon drives where one could really enjoy the beauty of the park is gone. No more sitting at a specific waterhole, waitng for "something to happen". Now you have to accomplish your 60 km route in 3 hours.

3: New routes are opened, both from Tala and Gorhi gate.

Summary:

Yes, i believe in tiger concervation and yes, i think this will benefit the tigers, BUT, only in a short-termed effect. On the long-term effect i think this will harm the tiger population in Bandhavgarh in a big way as the tiger sightings will be significantly less, and hand-in-hand - the tourism will decrease.

To save the tiger the people who travels to the park and pays a lot of money for entry fees/guides/jeep charges etc, must have a decent chance to see the striped cat, must be able to enjoy the different parts/fauna/flora of the park, not only travel back and forth on designated dusty roads.

I muss stress that in a perfect world the tigers would roam freely and no poaching/lodging etc would exist but as the reality looks now, i think only tourism could save the tigers and i think the new rules will descourage people from visit the park.

What do you think?
#2 Dec 2nd, 2009, 22:35
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Thanks for the information.

Tiger tourism is very important as it helps generate employment for the local people who in turn help in conserving animal & plant life. Without sufficient income locals look for other opportunities like poaching.

Hope the sightings are good after implementation of new rules.

Ronak.
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With the change in rules, do you think a several night stay becomes more important. Maybe 4 nights?

As a result of these changes in rules, do you think Kanha becomes more attractive?
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I came back from a 4 day trip from BandhavGarh...Few updates

1> Magadhi Sightings have increased..we saw only 1 another grp saw 2 tigers and the dept also is planning to release the 2 cubs which are big enough.. there...also heard they are planning to indtroduce bisons there..

2> As an aftremath to this report(http://www.telegraphindia.com/110010...y_11944294.jsp) which i found in a local newspaper i had given a call to our guide who got us the netries each day and found that the tiger show has again started and charge has been increased Rs300.

The second news is very disturbing...
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Hello, should you confirm the rules given by "jvdv"?
Which zone do you visited and how were the sightings?
Thanks.


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Originally Posted by Dhrubo View Post I came back from a 4 day trip from BandhavGarh...Few updates

1> Magadhi Sightings have increased..we saw only 1 another grp saw 2 tigers and the dept also is planning to release the 2 cubs which are big enough.. there...also heard they are planning to indtroduce bisons there..

2> As an aftremath to this report(http://www.telegraphindia.com/110010...y_11944294.jsp) which i found in a local newspaper i had given a call to our guide who got us the netries each day and found that the tiger show has again started and charge has been increased Rs300.

The second news is very disturbing...
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Dids...

1> Tiger show has started from 7th Jan as confirmed by our guide..after we returned back on 5th Jan...when we were there although a elephant ride was in place of 5hrs for 45K..

2> True fixed routes for Tala (A,B,C,D)..jeeps are given 2 routes you go in by one route, after 1-1.5 hrs meet at central point and then head to another route.. you are not allowed to go back in the route you came in..(Guide and drivers are punished by suspension for bout a month if found not abiding by same)

We got a single sighting in the morning of B2 Cub called Bokha in route A and there after got another sighting on D route.. both in the morning..
In evening few people got sigtings of a female tiger with 3 cubs in route B although we weren't lucky enough

As far as Tala in concerned..From what we found routes A and D have maximum chances..B has sightings mainly in afternoon as the female with her cubs are ther and donot move very frequently...C route has minimum chances mainly beacuse of the terrain its bit rocky..
The oldest of the tiger lot B2 has shifted bases to bandhavgarh fort!! thatz what the guide said.. and is hardly found in these routes..
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Thanks Dhrubo.
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What the heck is a tiger show?

I have never been up north, but down south the new rules that you listed above are already in place. Apparently, the number of tigers have reached saturation point and territorial battles appear to be the leading cause of tiger death. There is no guarantee you will see any tigers. I've been to the jungle about 10 times and seen tigers only once. Frustrating? Yes. But, the right thing to do, IMHO.
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Originally Posted by crvlvr View Post What the heck is a tiger show?
As someone who has yet to set foot in India and is only in the planning stages of a much anticipated trip, my response may not be the most informed. But I believe the tiger show is viewing the tiger from elephant back.

So there was a brief halt in the ele-back viewing in Bandhavgarh, and it has now resumed?

Do we know why the policy was reversed?
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Yes ..If the tiger is spotted then elephant rides are organized to have a closer view of the elusive one thats it..and you people wait for their turn when one party or the other return from the spot.
Yes it was stopped but due to new rules being introduced to check the huge influx of visitors in NP's the forest authorities seems more concerned in filling up their coffers..since new rules would mean less number of visitors in the days to come..
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Dhurbo, that's exactly what I thought would be the motivation for the reversal of the ban on the tiger show. Thanks.
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I had been recently to Bandhavgarh (Jan'10 last week)...New rules are good for wild life... but decreases the chances of sightings... You have to be more lucky now onwards...We had 3 tiger sightings (B/D,D and A) in 8 safaris...A, B & D routes had good sightings..During our last safari there were lots of fresh pugmarks (3 female & 1 male) in route C....
Since rules are implemented this year,Lets give the forest dept a chance and in summer..we will have a better picture about rules effects...
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New rules in bandhavgarh

One more info...

Tiger shows are only allowed on male tigers (which is very difficult).... Female tigers with cub or tigers with kill will not be shown as part of Tiger show....
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Do the new rules apply to Kanha and Pench as well?

Does anyone know if these new rules apply to Kanha and Pench as well? Or if there are other rules being applied to these parks?

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