Gypsy vehicle rates to pinch tourists’ pockets in Tadoba

Tadoba

Nagpur : Rising fuel prices have led to increase in safari charges at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. Bowing to pressure from Gypsy driver association, Tadoba administration has raised the Gypsy charges by Rs 500 per trip. Now, tourists will have to pay Rs 2,700 per trip for hiring a Gypsy against earlier charges of Rs 2,200 per trip.

The new rates came into effect from Thursday.

Field director, TATR, NR Pravin confirmed the fare hike but maintained that it is applicable only for safari in core area of the tiger reserve.

Tadoba, famous for regular tiger sighting, is one of the costliest tiger safaris in the country. A total of 60 vehicles are allowed from six gates inside TATR in two trips every day. There is additional quota of 18 vehicles under Tatkal head.

Tourists have to pay Rs 4,000 per Gypsy for booking safari 120 to 60 days in advance on weekdays and Rs 8,000 per vehicle on Saturday and Sunday.

Similarly, for bookings less than 60 days in advance, tourists are charged Rs 1,000 per vehicle and Rs 2,000 per vehicle on weekend. Tatkal charges are Rs 4,000 per vehicle for all days. Apart from this, tourists need to pay Rs 2,700 as Gypsy fare and Rs 350 for the guide.

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