Etiquette while visiting a National Park

Being sensitive and respectful in a National Park, with a dash of common sense is the need of the hour. A lesson in etiquette and decorum while visiting the wild by Shobha Mohan, founder of RARE India.

Every time I visit a national park, I come away inspired when I see Indians travelling as families visibly thrilled to be amidst nature and in sight of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Particularly if they have children with them, it is an opportunity for the young ones to fall in love with nature in all her glory of the wilderness.

This is immediately followed by a tinge of irritation at all the commotion and crowding. This is not to be judgmental, but as a community we have a particular disregard for our behavior when we are in a group and this is further heightened in areas such as parks and other areas where quietness and discretion is called for. Even temples are not exempt from all the ceaseless chatter.

For a country that has taken to tourism in a big way – etiquette, particularly in parks, has to be defined and has to be made mandatory. Beginning with the kind of clothes they wear in the forest where the key is an attitude to blend, avoid littering, being sensitive to other spectators who may also wish to have a view of the wildlife, to keeping voices and volumes low and taking a genuine interest in the forest around, adhering to rules etc. would be some of the quick briefing tourists should be subjected to.

When we have taught ourselves table manners and office etiquettes, a gentle guiding principle for the booming new-traveler community is, I believe, quite valid and goes a long way in ensuring that we have visitors who are respectful of the park and its rightful residents.

Photo credit: Safari with Jim’s Jungle Retreat, Corbett.

About the Author /

Ms Shoba Mohan is the founder of RARE India, which is the finest collection of 'Conscious Luxury' Hotels in India and the subcontinent. Ms Mohan graduated in Zoology and pursued a post-graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication with the intention of concentrating on Science Journalism. Shoba Mohan’s myriad interests and evolution in travel run parallel to that of RARE, yet writing about issues, nature and conservation continue to be areas of personal interest.


  • Arif Kadwani

    July 13, 2019

    Good article! Question is where, when and how we will begin the education.

    • Shoba Mohan

      July 15, 2019

      Every hotel, lodge and agency booking these tourists could make it their mandate. Devise strategies and incentivise people who lead in the right direction ! Where there is a will and a combined awareness, surely there is no dearth to the Ways.

    • shoba Mohan

      August 17, 2019

      Arif Kadwani, as always one begins with personal transformations. We as Indians are not very good with self-regulation, but that is where the answer lies. If each one of us thinks this way, you have your answer. Remember that quote ” I will not use a plastic straw said two billion people” !

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