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Ecotourism in Indian State of Maharashtra

Uday Patel

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Maharashtra is known for Mumbai which is the financial capital of India. But the State has many protected areas that protect and conserve wildlife. These are revenue generators as well since large number of tourists arrive here for watching wildlife and birds.

Some of the important wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks are:

• Bor Wildlife Sanctuary

• Pench National Park

• Melghat Tiger Reserve

• Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

• Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

• Navegaon – Nagzira Tiger Reserve

• Umred Karandla Sanctuary

Earlier not much tourism was popular here, but in the recent times these destinations have become haunt of tourists from all over the globe. The main attraction is the tiger but other enchanting mammals also attract people to see and photograph them.

The parks are bound by rules and regulations which govern the movement of the people and the jungle safaris that are organised by the forest department of Maharashtra. For excursions in the park permits are required which should be booked in advance since a limit to entry has been set.

Similarly during the holiday season it is advisable to book accommodation in advance as well. During the rush all hotels may be booked and excursion permits might not be available as well. The much visited parks get busier and then it will be difficult to visit them. Albeit with the rise in ecotourism all parks are receiving a large number of visitors and hence caution applies to all.

One of the most popular park is Maharashtra is Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve also known as TATR. This park receives the largest number of tourists and is busier throughout. The reserve is home to large number of tigers and tourists come here in large numbers. Hence in order to visit this destination one needs to book safaris in advance and also the hotels and resorts.

The booking can be done online at the Maharashtra Ecotourism site. Will accommodation can be selected from the websites of the hotels in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. There are number of accommodation pertaining to luxury and budget class. The tourists can communicate with them and make the booking. This way the excursions at TATR will be secured. TATR is situated about 150 km from Nagpur Airport and rail head. The approach is via Chandrapur Township connected by a road network. All the parks are closed during the months of July, August and September.


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