Nagzira Tiger Reserve
West IndiaThis small park often gets overlooked for its more famous and larger counterparts, but true nature enthusiasts know its importance. Covering an area of 152 square kilometres, nestled within the Vidarbha mountain range, it is often referred to as the ‘green oasis’ of the region. Nagzira got its name from the snake or nag temple here and zira, which means a perennial source of water referring to the stream from a hill in Pongezara. Gond kings once ruled these forests. In 1970, this area was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary and in 2012, it was merged with another National Park. The sanctuary is now part of the proposed Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve. The forests of Gondia and Bhandara form an important corridor with links to other Tiger Reserves in the region.
Jungle safaris are the most popular way to spend your time here. Jeeps are available on hire and you can even take your own vehicle inside. Stop at observation towers and spend some quality time watching wildlife. Currently, there are five watch cabins and five watchtowers.
As you drive through thick vegetation with a view of mountains in the backdrop, keep an eye out for tigers, leopards, mouse deer, spotted hyenas and dhole. The endangered Chinese pangolins are nocturnal in habit and are rarely sighted. The treetops are dotted with birds such as barbets, woodpeckers, hornbills, flycatchers and herons. The catchment area supports several varieties of freshwater fish and attract migratory water birds.
Go for nature walks in the buffer zone or bird watching around water bodies. Visit the museum at the Nagzira tourist complex, Chorkhamara village, or the Navegaon Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also try fishing in dams near Navegaon and Nagzira where you can observe a variety of birds while waiting for a catch.
A proposal to construct a thermal power plant just nine kilometres away from the park boundary puts the wildlife at risk of losing pristine habitat, as well as being exposed to conflict with humans. Your visit is crucial to support the local economy, but please also report abuse or poor practice at firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Book
Safaris can be booked through resorts and tour operators, or online.
Winter : Morning : 06:00 am - 11:00 am Evening : 02:30 pm - 05:30 pm Summer : Morning: 05:00 am - 10:00 am Evening: 03:30 pm - 07:00 pm The park is closed from 1st July until 30th September.
Getting Around the Park
Jeeps are available on hire, and you can even take in your own vehicle, but hiring a guide is compulsory. The Pitezhari Gate is the main point from where permits to enter the Sanctuary can be taken. Charges start from R3,000 for Indian Nationals and R 3,500 for Foreign Nationals. Each jeep accommodates 6 people per vehicle and includes vehicle fee, guide charge and entry fee.
R 50 for Indian Nationals R 100 for Foreign Nationals Guide Fee: R 300 Vehicle Entry Charges: R 150
By Air: Nagpur (120 km). Transport can be hired on arrival. By Rail / Road: There are 3 railway stations to the park: Gondia (45 km), Bhandara (75 km) and Nagpur (122 km). Cabs and buses are available from these stations for the park
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