Safety Kit

Rajasthan opens for tourism

June 12, 2020

A week after opening monuments, parks and museums, Rajasthan restarts hotels, restaurants and the two tiger reserves at Sariska and Ranthambore. The state-operated monuments and museums in Rajasthan opened on June 2, whereas the ASI monuments and museums across the country opened today on June 8. Within four days of opening to the public, the state’s tourism, art and culture

Rajasthan opens for tourism

department reported that over 3,000 people had visited these places. While Rajasthan was supposed to open hotels and hospitality units after June 30, the state home department, in an order issued on June 6, directed the restart of hotels and hospitality services, like restaurants, clubs and shopping malls from June 8 in the state. However, there has been no date fixed for opening places of worship.

Sreya Guha, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Rajasthan had hinted that there could be a review in the home department’s order that had stated that hotels and hospitality services will reopen post June 30. Some restaurants in the state have already been offering takeaway services and may continue to do so until the SOPs are in place in their establishments. Guha had said that the state is opening all wildlife destinations, all the other ecological parks, forest reserves and wildlife sanctuaries like, Jhalana Forest Reserve and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, but the two tiger reserves in Sariska and Ranthambore would remain closed.

However, after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the statutory body under the environment ministry monitoring tiger reserves in the country, issued an advisory to start tourism with certain restrictions, tiger reserves in Sariska and Ranthambore will also be opening to visitors on June 8. Seating capacity will be reduced by 50 per cent to ensure compliance to social distancing norms and children below 10 years and senior citizens above 65 will not be allowed on safaris.