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Place 1 BHAMRAGARH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Bhamragarh Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a wide variety of wild animals. This place is home to even some of the endangered species of animals like the leopard, wild boar, jungle fowl and sloth bear. Among other animals, you can also view the blue bull, barking deer, flying squirrel and peacock. In the vicinity of this place, damp deciduous mix of forests can also be seen. The tribal people living in and around this sanctuary mostly belong to the Gond-Madia tribe. Their lives still bear imprint of a primitive era. Their local language is Gondi and Madia. To meet their daily needs of timber, grass, wood, etc, these people depend largely on the forest. Another place of interest near this sanctuary is the Hemalkasa Lok Biradari Project, under the able guidance of Dr Prakash Amte.

Bhamragarh Wildlife Sanctuary would give you the chance of watching a variety of wild animals from close quarters. Watching some endangered species would be a thrilling experience, one of its kind for sure. Viewing leopards, peacocks, wild boars and flying squirrel among the wilds would mesmerize you to no ends. This sanctuary also offers an amazing mix of vegetation but principally it is damp and deciduous by nature. So, take the road to Bhamragarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandrapur, Maharashtra without any further delay and have an enjoyable time amidst the marvelous flora and fauna of the place.

Best Time To Visit : Advisable to come to Bhamragarh Wildlife Sanctuary between the months of February and May.

Distance : As the place is well connected via air, rail and road, reaching here won't be an arduous task for the tourists. People coming by air-route may use the airport at Nagpur which is 370 kms from Bhamragarh. Tourists traveling by train can use the rail station of Ballarpur, located 197 kms from here. In case you take the road, the closest bus stop of Aheri, 102 kms away should be used. Traveling the stretch of Mumbai to Bhamragarh via car is also a feasible option.


Place 2 BOR/PENCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Bor Wildlife Sanctuary is situated along the Southern boundary of Nagpur district and Northern boundary of Wardha district of Maharashtra, and extends over an area 61.10 sq.km. excluding the reservoir. It represents the floral and faunal wealth of Satpuda-Maikal Landscape. Satpuda runs along the Northern boundary of Maharashtra from West to East and meets the Maikal Hill range which comes from Kanha. It was a game reserve which was subsequently declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in 1970 to conserve its rich biodiversity and the catchment value of Bor River whose sub basin is Wardha River and basin is Godavari River. Bor Wildlife Sanctuary supports a dense population of Tiger and Panther .

Bor Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name from Bor River which meanders along the central portion of the sanctuary like serpants and divides the sanctuary in two parts. The Sanctuary area constitutes a unique Eco-system comprising a wide variety of flora and fauna, including the diverse and rich aquatic life and avi-fauna. It is also known for sites and places of natural scenic beauty, religious places like Shiva Temple at Khori-Khapa, Bruhaspati Temple at Chauki, Hanuman Temple at Khadki and Ganesh Temple at Kelzar. It is believed to be an important place of Mahabharata time.

Best Time To Visit : April to May is the best time to visit of this sanctuary.

Distance : Nearest railway station is at Wardha (35 km), while Nagpur is the nearest airport (80 km). Hingni (5 km) is the nearest bus station.


Place 3 MELGHAT TIGER RESERVE

At the northern extreme of the Amravati district of Maharashtra, on the border of Madhya Pradesh, lies the Melghat in the South-western Satpura mountain ranges. Melghat means 'meeting of the ghats', which describes the area as a large tract of unending hills and ravines scarred by jagged cliffs and steep climbs.The Melghat area was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1974. Presently, the total area of the Reserve is around 1677 km2. There are no villages in the core area. The forest is tropical dry deciduous in nature, dominated by teak (Tectona grandis). The Reserve is a catchment area for five major rivers: the Khandu, Khapra, Sipna, Gadga and Dolar, all of which are tributaries of the river Tapti. The main fauna found here are tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, jackal, sambar, gaur, barking deer, nilgai, chital, chausingha, ratel, flying squirrel, wild boar, langur, Rhesus monkey, porcupine, pangolin, mouse deer, python, otter and blacknaped.

Best Time To Visit : The park is open from October to June but safaris are allowed only from December to June. In summer the tiger sightings are high as the forest cover is thin and visibility becomes good. Winter is better time for travel.

Distance :
By Air : The nearest airport is at Nagpur.
By Rail : The nearest station is at Badnera which is 110km from the reserve.
By Road : Regular buses go via Paratwada to Dharni and Burhanpur.


Place 4 NAGZIRA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is locked in the arms of nature and adorned with a picturesque landscape, luxuriant vegetation and serves as a living outdoor museum to explore and appreciate nature. The sanctuary has a number of fish, 34 species of mammals, 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles and four species of amphibians. The invertebrate fauna includes, besides a number of insects and ant species, several species of butterflies. Nearly 30,000 tourists visits this sanctuary annually. Wild animals to spot are the tiger, panther, bison, sambar, nilgai, chital, wild boar, sloth bear and wild dog.

Best Time To Visit : 1st Feb. to 15th June 07.00 to 19.00 Hours. 16th June to 30th Sept Closed Period 1st Oct to 31st Jan. 07.00 to 18.00 Hours.

Distance :
BY ROAD : Nagzira wildlife Sanctuary is situated only 22 km. away from Sakoli on the National Highway No. 6 (Mumbai-Calcutta) which passes through Sakoli. The sanctuary is situated at the distance of about 60 km from District H. Q. Gondia and 120 km. away from Nagpur. Nearest bus-stand is at Sakoli & Tirora.
BY RAILWAY : Nearest railway stations are,
a) Bhandara Road 50 km
b) Gondia 50 km
c) Soundad 20 km
d) Tirora 20 km


Place 5 KARNALA BIRD SANCTUARY

Karnala is a refreshing break from the big city - come here to watch the birds and wildlife, come here to picnic and to trek, and while you are enjoying all this, do spare a thought for preserving the ecology and tranquillity of the sanctuary. Just a short drive outside Mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune Highway to Goa, is the densely forested Karnala Bird Sanctuary, a pleasant surprise away from Mumbai's concrete jungle. Karnala is a tiny sanctuary, barely 4.8 sq km, home to over 150 resident bird species and about 37 types of avian migrants.
The bird sanctuary is a popular destination for avid bird-watchers and hikers in the Mumbai area.The sanctuary is home to over 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds who visit the sanctuary during winter. Three rare birds i.e. Ashy Minivet, three toed kingfisher and Malabar Trogon have been sighted here.

The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located in Panvel Taluka of Raigad District, outside Mumbai, India near Matheran and Karjat. The sanctuary is quite small with an area of 12.11 square kilometres but along with the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Tungareshwar sanctuary is one of the few sanctuaries to be within reach of the city of Mumbai The sanctuary is centered around the historic Karnala Fort and lies just off the Mumbai-Pune National highway to Goa. It is located 12 km from Panvel.

Distance :
The nearest International Airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport,Nagpur (140 km via Umrer, Bhisi and Chimur).
The nearest railway station is Chandrapur (on the Delhi-Madras main line) 45 kms away.
Nearest main bus stand is Chandrapur and Chimur (32 km).


Place 6 NAVEGAON BANDH

Nawegaon, Vidarbha's most popular forest resort, is the ultimate adventure spot. It is said to have been built by Kolu Patel Kholi in the beginning of the 18 th century. There's a picturesque lake set in the midst of hill ranges with watchtowers that enable you to view wildlife. Make sure you visit the deer park, the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, the three beautiful gardens and the children's park. Almost 60% of the bird species found in Maharashtra have been recorded in Nawegaon. Every winter, huge flocks of migratory ducks visit the lake. Sign up for jungle safari and you may see a leopard, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital or a languor. Also stay in the unique tree-top retreat. And for more excitement, hire a power or sail boat at the lake.

Best Time To Visit : The best time to visit the national park is during April and May. 4.00 am to 7.00 pm are the entry hours.

Distance :
BY ROAD :
Navegaon Nationpark is well connected to the road and can be reached using the public transport bus. The nearest bus stand is Navegaon 10-km away from the park. Other public transport available from district H.Q. Gondia and tehsil H.Q. Arjuni. BY RAILWAY :
Nearest railway station is Deulgaon on Gondia-Chandrapur railway route. Trains can be taken from Gondia railway station. Other railway stations are: a) Gondia 65 KM
b) Nagpur 150 KM
c) Deulgaon 2 KM
Temperatures are pleasant all year round.


Place 7 DAJIPUR

The jungle resort of Dajipur is situated on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts. Surrounded by rugged mountains and dense forests, this secluded little place is completely cut-off from human habitat. Home to bison, wild deer, chital, gawa and many more spectacular wild animals and birds. Dajipur is an exciting and beautiful holiday getaway, situated 1200 metres above sea level. An excursion in the vicinity to the Gagangiri Maharaj's Math makes for a pleasant outing. This scenic resort near the backwaters of the Radhanagari Dam is highly recommended for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. Fauna: Bison, Wild Deer, Chital and Gawa.

Distance : Nearest airport is at Belgaum, nearest railhead is at Kolhapur. It is 490 km away from Mumabi, while 80 km from Kolhapur. But it is only 30 km from Radhanagari.


Place 8 TADOBA SANCTUARY

Tadoba lies in the confines of Chimur Hills and the latter comprises of Kolsa and Mohurli Ranges. The undulating topography comprises of Hills which are densely covered with mixed forests and belts of bamboo. The deep valleys, river beds, and small grassy meadows provide suitable habitat to many life forms. The total area under the Project Tiger is 1727.6 sq.km with core area being 625. 82 sq.km and the rest 1101.78 sq.km constitute the buffer zone. The core area concept denotes critical tiger habitat which is subject to intense conservation measures with human intervention being minimal. The lifeline of the park are the Andhari River, Erai Dam, Kolsa Lake, Junoria Lake and the Tadoba Lake. The river and water storage systems provide year long supply for fresh water to this amazing ecosystem. Besides small water bodies, rivulets and creeks exists in the confines of dense forests in plains and hills.

Man made water holes and small dams add to a life sustaining environment. The main attraction of the Tadoba National Park is its jungle safari trips. Open top Gypsy vehicles, buses with trained local guides are available for visitors. Accommodation is also available at various locations.


Place 9 PHANSAD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

A splendid place for nature lovers, Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary has one of the densest populations of wildlife around Mumbai. Though the sanctuary boasts of several species of fauna including leopards, it is more known for its birds, both resident and migratory Popular for its feathered residents, the sanctuary houses over 720 species of flora and 279 species of fauna that include mammals, birds, snakes, butterflies, etc. Situated in the state of Maharashtra near the Konkan coast, Phansad is 140 km from Mumbai. Spread over just 52 sq km, the sanctuary is one of the lesser visited sanctuaries in the country. Nonetheless it offers a lot in terms of biodiversity for nature lovers and photographers. The coastal woodland ecosystem of the Western Ghats can be found in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is popular destination for trekking and birding. Four major trails run through the sanctuary.

A trek through the sanctuary provides the chance to spot sambars, barking deer, panther, wild boar and hyenas. Giant Indian squirrel is a major attraction of the sanctuary. Leopards can also be spotted in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to over 150 species of birds that include Malabar piped hornbill, Asian paradise flycatcher, yellow footed green pigeon, plum-headed parakeet, green billed malkoha, etc. Migratory birds visit the sanctuary during November-January. Phansad is also home to over 31 species of snakes that includes russell's viper, Indian rat snake, Indian rock python, etc.

Best Time To Visit : Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is an all weather destination. However, summers could get a little difficult because of the heat and humidity. Migratory birds visit the sanctuary between November and January. November to March is the best time to visit the sanctuary.


Place 10 SANJAY GANDHI NATIONAL PARK

Borivali National Park is the miraculously preserved green oasis in the center of urban sprawl. This national park is "one of the very few" that is surrounded by a metropolis like Mumbai , yet sustaining sizable population of big cats like panthers. It is hard to believe that with in just less then an hour and half from Gateway of India, one is transported from hectic and fast life of Mumbai city to a serene and tranquil atmosphere of pleasing verdant wilderness. Borivali National Park is the miraculously preserved green oasis in the center of urban sprawl. This national park is "one of the very few" that is surrounded by a metropolis like Mumbai , yet sustaining sizable population of big cats like panthers. It is hard to believe that with in just less then an hour and half from Gateway of India, one is transported from hectic and fast life of Mumbai city to a serene and tranquil atmosphere of pleasing verdant wilderness.

Best Time To Visit : Park is unique in nature to call a particular time as the best time. For sheer enjoyment of greenery, wilderness, tiny waterfall and stream, monsoon is best time. For bird watching and general viewing November to February is ideal. Serious mammal tracking is possible in April -may when water supply is limited.