To protect the well-known but dwindling number of original inhabitants of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the Jarawas, the Government has decided to set up a ‘Jawara Shield’. This would be a buffer zone of 5-kms’ radius around the reserve meant for the Jarawas. In this buffer zone, no tourist activity of any sort would be permitted with a stiff penalty of 7 years’ jail term for offenders. This precaution follows intense tourism-related intrusions into the reserve, thereby disturbing the autochthons.
Source: 'The Telegraph' newspaper dated Jun 1, 2012, pg. 4, column 1, lower half.
First Written: Jun. 1, 2012
Unique Suggestions: Don't believe any one who says a trip can be arranged.
Fun Alternatives: Leave them alone
I got to Port Blair by cruiseship and so we needed a taxi to get into town. As a tourist you will need a lot of pacience, when you are surrounded by 50 tuktuk-taxidrivers shouting and screaming at you.
In our case we had been the last 2 people coming out of the ship and there were still about 50 empty tuk-tuks waiting there.
Unique Suggestions: I highly recommend to
1)fix the price in advance AND
2) take a piece of paper and draw the tuktuk + draw 2 persons = 10 US $
because first they tell you it is 10 $ for 1 hour whereever you want to go and at the end it is 10 $ for each person...