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Bandipur Jungle Resorts Services In Indian National Parks – Serving Diverse Needs

Sep 27th 2014 at 3:23 AM

Tourism has been a defined facet of India on account of the diversified orientations that this country adores! Of all the orientations, wildlife and natural splendors have earned famed synonymy for India at the global level. Depicted as the dense forest sprawls on the global maps of yester centuries, India later earned its reputation as the land of elephants and cobras during the British occupation period! Such as recognition was although looked upon as a negative attribute but it was sensed by the free regimes after 1950 as one of the potential earning options for the government exchequer!

The national governments worked on the premise of protecting the natural flora and fauna that was fast getting depleted on account of dedicated industrialization and urbanization exercises taken up in a robust manner! The environmental planners and enthusiasts supported this drive as a viable model to earn and use the surpluses subsequently for the environmental protection exercises and programs that were being implemented!

A dedicated program of action -

Number of national parks and sanctuaries were set up like Jim Corbett NP, Bandipur NP, Kanha NP, Sunderban BSR and many others! The government later supported the development of additional tourism infrastructure through private sector participation and among the earliest developments were the Bandipur Jungle resorts on the outskirts of the dense forests. Others National Parks also replicated such developments. Such drives were well facilitated by the environmental ministry and allied agencies at the ground level through easy clearances and approvals for the land allotment and subsequent development.

The entry of private developers was absent in the initial planning periods of the government as the focus and orientation was on building an efficient public infrastructure for all! In the later planning cycles, the government sensed the paucity of funds that were required and the policy shift was assumed in principle! Private players were allowed to pour in funds and build more elaborate and quality infrastructure so as to attract foreign tourists and high end domestic tourists! Famed reserves and parks were chosen for the diversification tasking.

Today we can count most of the Bandipur National Park Resorts in the fringe areas being operated by dedicated private developers. This phenomenon was also replicated in north at Jim Corbett, Ranthambore and Kanha National parks! The model has worked out well!

The consequences -

The private resort services were also marketed well at the global level and helped attract foreigners as wildlife tourists. Today, it is a different scene and is still expanding innovatively! The private Bandipur Jungle Resorts have been offering well laid out night safaris, fringe camping and boating through the forest streams! These tasks have added exclusive appeal to the wild life tourism!

Tackling serious concerns -

These novel orientations have brought in more viability in terms of funds generation for the enforcement agencies that were facing resource crunch as for countering dedicated poaching menace in most of the tiger reserves of the country! Now, with the establishment of private resorts, local villages’ economy has also got a boost in that the youth gets employed as tour guides and resort workers and hence reduced poaching incidences!

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