BIJNOR: A decade after it was declared a buffer zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve, now in Uttarakhand, Amangarh Tiger Reserve (ATR) on the Uttar Pradesh side is now open for visitors. Spread across 97 sqkm area, ATR is the third tiger reserve in the state to be opened to the public.
The other two tiger reserves in UP are Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. Situated in Bijnor district, ATR has been developed as an alternative to Jim Corbett National Park (JCNP) so as to boost ecotourism in UP. ATR was notified as a tiger reserve in 2012 and was originally part of JCNP prior to the formation of the state of Uttarakhand, which was carved out from Uttar Pradesh in 2002.
As per the latest census, ATR houses 27 tigers besides a large number of elephants, deer, sambhar, etc. It was carved out on the UP side to accommodate the increasing numbers of big cats in Corbett.
According to forest officials, the first gate of the reserve – Keharipur gate – was opened on Tuesday. The entry fee per person is Rs 200. The safari charge per trip is Rs 2,240, and additional Rs 400 will be charged in case one needs a guide. Notably, five jeeps will run in the morning from 6:30 am to 10 am and an equal number in the afternoon from 2pm till sunset, said district magistrate Umesh Mishra. “No facility for night-stay is available at present,” he added.
Gyan Singh, sub-divisional forest officer, Bijnor, said, “Tourist activity has started from November 15. The approach roads and the entry gate were repaired with the available funds. At present, only government guest houses are available for tourists. Soon, resorts will be developed here.”
Booking of jeep safari can be made only through offline mode. Online mode isn’t available at present, said officials.
A senior forest official said, “This initiative will also benefit the 15 villages situated on the periphery of ATR. All these villages are remote areas and have few basic facilities. If the area becomes a tourist spot, villages can expect better infrastructure, roads and schools, etc.”

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