Here we have shared information on safari permits booking. As we all know that jungle safari is the integral part of any safari holiday trip thus it should be given top priority during planning phase of trip. Many readers get confused on terms safari ticket and safari permits. We would like to inform such readers that both means same. In officials language we call it permit where as in local people call it safari ticket. We all visit forest to enjoy its the experience of jungle visit which is popularly gained through jeep safaris. At Bandhavgarh national park, we can gain access to core forest area, through jeep safari drives thus we should must check the permits availability status while deciding our travel dates. In post covid-19 time, wildlife destinations are on top priority travel list thus here permits get sold out in advance, especially during week-end (Sat-Sun) days. Thus Forest Department has decided to increase the permit fee for all days in which week-end permit fee price is higher than week-days (Mon-Fri). In addition to permit fee, we need to pay separately for safari vehicle fee and guide fee. From year 2021. local jeep union has decided to charge separately from entrance gate to resort transfers, as per distance which causes variation in charges. These safari permits can be booked through ticket counter near Tala interpretation center or through website, by making online payment.
As we know well that safari permits are booking online, through filling up safari booking form and making online payment for safari ticket/s. Fields that we are required to fill-up, on mandatory basis, during online safari booking are as follows:
|S. No.||Field Name||Field Data Description|
|1||Tourist Name||Full name of each tourist is required.|
|2||Gender||Gender details of each visitor.|
|3||Age||Provide age (in years) as on travel date.|
|4||Father or Husband Name||Provide name of Father or Husband.|
|5||Nationality||Select nationality of guest, as per his/her ID document.|
|6||ID Proof||For Indian nationals, it could be Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID card, Driving License, Adhaar Card or Government Department ID card. For children below 05 years, ID is not mandatory. School going Indian nationals may use their school ID card as ID document. For Foreigners, only active Passport is accepted as ID document. Must carry your ID document, in original, during all safari drives.|
|7||ID Proof No.||Provide Unique number of your ID document.|
Once we will provide all these details, in next step, we will proceed to make online payment for safari ticket booking. Here it is important to understand that we will pay for safari permit or ticket only. This fee will not cover the cost of safari vehicle and safari guide. Remaining charges are collected at the time of entrance for safari drive. Even when we book safari tickets through hotel or travel agent, they collect all the charges in advance but actually payments were made in parts. Once safari ticket is booked successfull, it is important to check the status box. Ideally it should be of "Confirm" status which means your entrance is 100% confirm but if your ticket shows status as W1 or W2 then it means your entrance is still not confirm and is subject to cancellation. W1 means in case of any single ticket cancellation, this ticket will get confirmed and W2 status means this ticket will get confirmed on cancellation of two different tickets. Each safari ticket have its own unique number in the form of transaction id. All the visitors are expected to carry printout of his/her safari ticket, along with his/her active original ID document. Both will be checked and verified at the time of entrance and after paying vehicle fee and guide fee, we will be allowed to enter inside the safari area. Now a days, we can make safari vehicle payment, 24 hrs before safari time and collect the vehicle number which will come for pick-up. If your safari ticket is of "Single Seat mode" then safari vehicle & guide fee is paid only at the time of entrance, as per number of sharing partners and this safari vehicle will not come to hotel for pick-up and drop. In shared safari system, guest is required to reach ticket counter by own to pay and catch the vehicle.