Night patrolling safari to begin at Surevani in Pench from Oct 15

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2017 09:15:50

Special Correspondent,

The Office of Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) will introduce night patrolling safari for tourists and nature lovers in the buffer area of Surevani (Nagalwadi), over 60 km from Nagpur via Khapa, in the tiger reserve from October 15.



Arrangements have been made for allowing tourists to enjoy night patrolling safari in 40 km route out of 138 sq km jungle from 7.30 pm to 12 midnight. The safari will begin from Surevani to Maharkund tank, Waghzira, towards MP board and back. An official press note said that last year PTR received encouraging response from nature lovers to such safari and hence it decided to start it this year also.

Rishikesh Ranjan, CCF and Field Director, PTR, Shatanik Bhagwat, Assistant Conservator of Forest, and Neelesh Gawande, Range Forest Officer, have taken initiative in the night patrolling safari and hence this becomes the first night patrolling safari in Maharashtra in this rich flora and fauna area.

The authorities will allow only three gypsy/SUV to enter in and each vehicle can carry four tourists plus one guide and one forest guard.
The tourists will have to pay Rs 1000 per vehicle and Rs 400 to guide. They are bound to follow jungle rules during night time.

The department has also made lodging and boarding arrangements such as five eco-homes, two dormitories, dining hall and conference hall for tourists.
Interested tourists will have to make booking for safari at the Office of PTR, Zero Mile, Civil Lines, Nagpur, or at the Office of RFO, Nagalwadi.

Similarly, PTR authorities will also make arrangements for ‘machaan’ tourism from February 15 to June 15 at Surevani. Five ‘machaans’ (wooden structures) have been prepared, where tourists can take jungle experience on full moon night and after it.

The department is also introducing foot patrolling facility from 6 am to 9 am and from 3.30 pm to 6 pm at Surevani of Pench Tiger Reserve.
Three groups each consisting of five persons would be allowed a day.