One of the finest and preserved Parks in India, Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is known as the ‘Green Oasis’ of Maharashtra. The area of the park covers approx. 152.81 Sq. Km and is located in Bhandra and Gondia district of Maharashtra. With rich as well as diverse nature and impeccable view of landscapes, this wildlife park was declared as the sanctuary in the year 1970. Government of Maharashtra has announced this Park under Project Tiger in 2012. A true sense of serenity, tranquility and wilderness found here attracts lots of tourists to this beautiful and enigmatic Wildlife Sanctuary every year.
The Sanctuary is a diversity of many rich plantations and vegetation. It is one of the southern tropical dry deciduous forests that are found in India. The mixed forest which is an abundance of nature and its marvels consist of thorny plants, bamboo trees, teak plantations, grasslands, moist soil and valleys. There are many fresh water bodies present inside the forest along-with Nagzira Lake which boosts the greenery and serves life to many species of fauna that reside here, privileged.
Nagzira is home to many varieties of wild animals and avifauna. One can find 34 mammal species, 166 species of birds, 36 reptile species and also 49 butterfly species in the park. The park is a divine paradise situated in the middle of the country and some major mammals that are found in the park are Tiger, Sambar Deer, Chital, Wild Boar, Indian Gaur, Nilgai, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Small Indian Civet, Palm Civet, Wolf, Mouse Deer, Jackal, Ratel, Common Giant Flying Squirrel, Four-horned Antelope and Pangolin. The Park is also famous for harboring a number of reptiles such as Dhaman, Russel’s Viper, Indian-rock Python, Checkered Keelback, Indian Cobra and Common Monitor to name a few.
A remarkable destination for birding, a true bird-watcher will surely claim his/her love here to many resident and migratory birds. Among 166 species of birds that are vividly found here, one such bird is the Bar-headed goose, which migrates here from Ladakh and Tibet in winters. Another bird that can also be seen is a Peafowl (commonly known as Peacock). Out of all the species of fauna that is found here, one may also appreciate the true beauty that the Butterfly defines. About 9 families of the butterfly species are found here and the most important among them are Common Rose, Common Indian Crow, Common Mormon, Lime Butterfly, Black Rajah, Common Sailor etc.
Nagzira has a moderate weather throughout the year.
Summers (Mar-Jun) – the temperature may rise to 45 degrees. We advise you to carry light cotton clothing.
During the monsoons (Jul-Sep), the park remains closed due to heavy rainfall.
With winters (Nov-Feb), the temperature may drop as low as 6.5 degrees. We recommend you to take enough warm clothes, during the trip in winters.
The nearest airport to Nagzira is Nagpur which is 120 kms (2 hours and 30 minutes) and has a good connectivity throughout the country.
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Nagpur to Delhi – 2 Hours
Nagpur to Mumbai – 1 Hour 30 minutes
All major cities throughout the country are well connected with nearby railway stations to Nagzira.
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Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary to Gondia– 2 hours (25 kms)
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary to Nagpur – 2 hours 30 minutes (120 kms)
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary to Bhandara Road –1 hour 30 minutes (50 kms)
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary to Soundad–1 hour (20 kms)
The major and the closest city to the Park is Nagpur which is just 120 kms by road. It is situated 22 kms away from Sakoli via NH 6 (route of Bombay – Kolkata). Gondia is another city which is close to Nagzira which is 60 kms away.