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Tiger tourism ban lifted from Ranthambore National Park

4 September 2012

Specialist rail tour operator, Great Rail Journeys, is pleased to announce that it will continue to grow the number of departures to Ranthambore National Park as part of its extensive India programme with immediate effect following Tuesday's ruling which overturned India's Supreme Court order banning tourism in all of India's core tiger habitats.

As the UK's largest operator of rail holidays to India, Great Rail Journeys offers travellers a wide range of compelling itineraries to India, many of which include the unique experience of viewing tigers in their natural habitat at Ranthambore National Park including 'India's Tigers & Palaces''India's Palace on Wheels' and 'The Indian Maharaja'.

The ruling has been welcomed by conservationists and environmentalists alike who advocate that tourism protects India's endangered tigers by deterring poachers and encouraging conservation initiatives. Tourism also sustains the many communities surrounding India's tiger habitats.

Alex Roberts, Great Rail Journeys Marketing Director, commented "As advocates of sustainable tourism, we are delighted with the ruling allowing tourism to resume to India's tiger habitats and in turn, helping to protect the tigers, their natural habitat and the surrounding communities." He added "We have for many years run a range of hugely popular tours to India which visit Ranthambore National Park and we are delighted that we can once again offer our customers the opportunity to see these magnificent animals in their natural environment."

India's Tigers & Palaces - this 11 day tour is priced from £1,498 per person based on two sharing to include return scheduled flights from London to Delhi, rail travel on the Shatabdi Express, nine nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day, three lunches and nine dinners including one gala dinner at the Heritage Hotel, sightseeing tour of Delhi, guided tour of Agra, sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, excursion to Fatehpur Sikri, two game drives at Ranthambore National Park, sightseeing tour of Jaipur, visit to the Amber Fort, guided tour of Patan and Badal Mahal, all transfers by modern Volvo coach with WC, most porterage and the services of a professional Tour Manager throughout. Price is based on 13 September 2013 departure.

India's Palace on Wheels - this 15 day tour is priced from £3,398 per person based on two sharing to include return scheduled flights from London to Delhi, rail travel in India, six nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day, seven nights on board the Palace on Wheels train in twin-bed sleepers with all meals and excursions included, sightseeing tours of Delhi, Jaipur. Jaisaimer, Jodphur and Shimla, visit to the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and Bharatpur Bird Reserve, cruise on Udaipur's lake, visit to the Taj Mahal, a journey on the UNESCO World Heritage Toy Train, transfers in India, most porterage and the services of a professional Tour Manager throughout. Price is based on 10 April 2013 departure.

The Indian Maharaja - this 11 day tour is priced from £3,495 per person based on two sharing to include scheduled flights from London Heathrow to Mumbai and Delhi and to London Heathrow, seven nights on board the Deccan Odyssey in a deluxe cabin including all meals, two nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner, lunch in Mumbai, guided city tours of Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur and Delhi, visit to the historic Ellora Caves, visit to the richly decorated Ajanta Caves, visit to the Taj Mahal, visit to Fatehpur Sikri, tiger spotting safari in Ranthambore National Park, transfers by modern Volvo coach with WC, most porterage and the services of a professional Tour Manager throughout. Price is based on 4, 18 February and 2 December 2013 departures.

For bookings or further information call Great Rail Journeys on 01904 521 980

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