There are more than fifty tiger reserves or conservation units in India. They are protected areas having a core or critical tiger habitats where no human habitation is allowed. They are managed by guidelines framed by National Tiger Conservation Authority or NTCA. The Indian States where the protected areas are present govern the units. All this is under the aegis of Project Tiger program a Government of India initiative.
The rules and regulations are simple. In the core area you are not allowed to be on foot. All safaris are conducted on open jeeps. A forest guide compulsorily accompanies the jeep along with a naturalist and guests. The naturalist is a privilege provided by the local hotels and resorts.
You need an entry permit for excursions which is charged and has to be booked in advance. A permanent zone among many is assigned in your permit. You cannot transgress until unless you hold a full day safari permit which is costly.
You cannot smoke, consume alcoholic beverages, litter, be noisy or disturb wildlife in any way. There are two safaris conducted in a day one in the early morning and another in the late evening.
The timings change as per sunrise and sunset and the hours are fixed. If you cross over the time limit the guide and the jeep driver are penalized. Hence listen to them both when inside the core zone on safari.
You can carry eatables but have to consume at a designated place usually called the center point.
You cannot carry armaments or fire hazard elements inside the park.
The speed limit is usually 20 km per hour please respect. And it moves only on the designated route. You cannot ask the driver to cross over the road into the jungle.
Keep a safe distance from animals. Do not alight at any point except at the center.
Toilet facilities are at limited juncture hence empty your bladder before hand.