Maharashtra’s popular wildlife sanctuary, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is set to reopen for eco-tourism from October, with strict guidelines in place. The reserve has been shut for a few months due to the Covid-19 scare.

Although the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has given its nod to restart tourism activities at this well-known wildlife attraction, it will also depend on some approvals by the local authorities.

Online bookings have already begun.

Everyone at the park is expected to wear masks and practice social distancing. All vehicles entering the park will be mandatorily disinfected before the entry. While thermal screening suspected Covid-19 individuals will be directed to the nearest isolation centres as directed by district officials.

Only four people will be allowed per vehicle (excluding the driver and the guide). Tourists below the age of 11 years and above 65 years will not be allowed to enter the park.

“These restrictions are due to Covid-19 and mandated by guidelines and directions by NTCA and Government of Maharashtra. These are temporary restrictions and will be reviewed periodically as per the directions of Government of Maharashtra and NTCA, New Delhi,” reads an official notice.