India’s wildlife, particularly its fabled tiger parks, are forecast to contribute to a significant increase in tourists in 2016 on the back of the release of a new, 3D CGI-live-action remake of Rudyard Kipling’s classic the “Jungle Book”, a story famously set in India. Almost 50 years since Disney’s cartoon adaptation, the Jungle Book (2016) stars the likes of Bill Murray as Baloo (the sloth bear); Scarlett Johannsen as Kaa (the Indian Python) and Idris Elba as Shere Khan (the royal Bengal tiger).
India’s rich and diverse wildlife is preserved in over 120 national parks, over 500 wildlife sanctuaries and 18 bio-reserves. International tourist figures are growing rapidly with the launch of the new e-Tourist Visa making it easier than ever to travel to the country, and the rise of new destinations attracting tourists beyond the obvious Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Agra (Uttar Pradesh), home of the Taj Mahal. Emerging destinations include Goa; Jaipur, “The Pink City”; and Thekkady, India’s largest wildlife sanctuary, named the “world’s top emerging destination” in 2015 by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
There are already a number of established “Jungle Book” tours in Madhya Pradesh, for example, where the stories are set. Here they call the tiger ‘sher’ and the bear ‘bhalu’, which formed the names of two of Kipling’s main protagonists in his novels – Shere Khan and Baloo respectively. Here’s more on India’s famous national parks, wildlife reserves and the new 2016 Jungle Book movie:
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