SUBJECT :Living in a hut in the midst of trees is an added attraction for tourists at Chuka ghat, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. Accommodation for two, it is the latest offering from the forest corporation to nature enthusiasts just ahead of 2021. It is just one hut right now bookings for which can be made online. 

By: Neha Shukla

Lucknow, December 25, 2020: Living in a hut in the midst of trees is an added attraction for tourists at Chuka ghat, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. Accommodation for two, it is the latest offering from the forest corporation to nature enthusiasts just ahead of 2021. It is just one hut right now bookings for which can be made online.

Ecotourism is gradually gaining strength in the state. After a lukewarm start on November 1, tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries are seeing a steady rise in tourist inflow. Due to Christmas and new year, cottages are more than 90% booked in national parks and sanctuaries.

“Dudhwa and Pilibhit are doing really good. Katarniaghat is also expected to get all its cottages booked for the new year celebrations,” said Eva Sharma, GM, Ecotourism, UP Forest Corporation.

Dudhwa national park has ten cottages and two dormitories, Katarniaghat has 13 cottages and two dormitories and Chuka Ghat, Pilibhit tiger reserve has four Tharu huts and one tree hut. Except for one cottage at Dudhwa, all accommodation is booked ahead of Christmas. Similarly, except four cottages at Katarniaghat sanctuary, rest of the accommodation is booked ahead of New Year.

“Accommodations at Pilibhit have recently been opened for tourists because it was under renovation till some time back. Many people may still not know of it. Bookings can be made online,” said the official.

Restrictions due to Covid-19 pandemic, however, continue to be in place. Given the safety provisions due to Covid-19 pandemic and as directed by the Central and state government, stays at and tours to parks and sanctuaries have become expensive this time.

Wearing masks and carrying along a bottle of sanitiser is mandatory for tourists. Removing a mask is a punishable offence and those doing so will be charge Rs 500 as fine (Per person). Elderlies over 65 years of age, pregnant women, those with comorbidities, persons with more than one ailment and children less than 10 years old are not allowed.


Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com