Tourist attractions across India have gradually started to reopen as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are being slowly eased out in some parts of the country. Sunderban Tiger Reserve, too, has opened its doors to tourists, with necessary precautions and safety measures in place. By Amitha Ameen
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Nature and wildlife enthusiasts can rejoice as Sunderban Tiger Reserve reopens for tourists after being closed for almost three months due to the ongoing pandemic. Those who were missing the lush green stretches and the sounds of the jungle can now head here and be one with nature.
Apart from being home to around 100 Bengal tigers, the region is also a biosphere and a national park. The region, spread across India and Bangladesh is especially famous for its mangrove forests and for being one among the largest active delta regions in the world.
Tourists will have to follow a set of necessary guidelines like mandatory face masks and temperature checks when here. Those below 10 and above 65 will not be permitted inside the tiger reserve; no tourist will be allowed to embark from the vehicle and at a time only five boats will be allowed to operate in order to maintain social distancing.
The park is also taking necessary steps like proper sanitising of boats before and after deboarding, and all boats will be equipped with sanitizers for guests. Further, there will be a cap on how many people can board a boat based on its cylinder size.
West Bengal has currently confirmed 17,907 cases with 11,719 recoveries (as on July 1, 2020).