What is Nagzhira?
The Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary is in the easternmost parts of Maharashtra, within the central India region. It is an immense wildlife preserve with picturesque landscapes, verdant forest and teeming with some of the most exotic wildlife in the region.
Thousands of tourists from all over the place come to Nagzhira and witness the living and thriving outdoor museum themselves.
The name is derived from the popular Naag (Snake) temple which is situated right in the middle of the sanctuary. Apart from this, an olden village called Nangthana, within the forest also gives the name to this region.
An area of around 115 sq km was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1970. In 2012, the sanctuary was integrated into a larger surrounding area, in lieu of the Project Tiger initiative of the wildlife conservation authorities of the state.
Where is Nagzhira?
Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over the common border of Gondia and Bhandara districts, or northeastern Maharashtra. The Nagpur Circle of the Forest Department oversees the maintenance of the sanctuary.
The wildlife sanctuary external boundary is almost 105 km-long while the internal boundary is almost 30 km-long. The region is bordered in the north by Belapur and Mangaezari village, by the broad-gauge Gondia-Chandrapur railway line in the east, the Pitezati fazal forest and Sakoli Range to the west and the Reserve Forest Boundary to the south.
What is interesting about Nagzhira?
The Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary is considered a “Green Oasis” in eastern Maharashtra and is important from the ecological perception of the region. There are hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses apart from numerous diverse species of mammals, birds and reptiles too.
Flora in Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary
The main type of vegetation in Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary is the Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest, and the commonly-found trees here include teak and bamboo, apart from numerous other species of plant life.
Fauna in Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary
In terms of wildlife the Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary is teeming with various mammals, both, carnivores and herbivores.
The Royal Bengal Tiger is the main attraction in this wildlife preserve, apart from:
- Indian Leopard
- Jungle Cat
- Palm Civet
- Small Indian Civet
- Indian Wolf
- Indian Jackal
- Sloth Bear
- Common Giant Flying Squirrel
- Mouse Deer
- Chausingha (Four-Horned Antelope)
- Gaur (Indian Bison)
Avian life in Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary
Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary is said to be home to over 165 species of birds, including:
- Black Ibis
- Little Grebe
- Crested Honey Buzzard
- Black-Winged Kite
- Brahminy Kite
- Golden Oriole
Reptilian life in Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary
Amongst the 36 different species of reptiles the most commonly found in the Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary include:
- Indian Rock Python
- Indian Cobra
- Russell’s Viper
- Checkered Keel-Back
- Common Monitor Lizard
- Tree Frog
- Bull Frog
- Six-Toed Frog
Best time to visit Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary
According to our wildlife experts the best time to visit Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of October through June, during the winter and summer season.
Safari activities and timing
To experience the beauty of Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary to its fullest you can enjoy a safari trip into the forest. These are held daily during the tourist season at:
- Morning trip – 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Afternoon trip – 2:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
How to reach Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary?
By flight – The Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is the closest to Nagzhira, at around 100 km, while the Gondia Airport is at around 70 km from here, but it is only for private airplanes. It will take around 2 hours for you to reach the park gates from Nagpur Airport.
By train – The Gondia Railway Station and Bhandara Railway Station are both located at around 50 km from here and you can find efficient train connectivity to all parts of the country from these railway stations. It takes around 1 hour to reach the gates of Nagzhira from here.
By road – Sakoli, on National Highway No. 6 (NH-6) is around 22 km from Nagzhira and has a bus stand with private taxis plying between it and the sanctuary gates.
When you are within the verdant forests of Nagzhira Wildlife Sanctuary you will need to take note of certain important points, such as not to make loud noises and talking loudly. This tends to disturb the surrounding wildlife and prevents you, and others with you, from witnessing animals in their natural habitat.
It is strictly prohibited to disembark from the safari vehicle when inside the sanctuary boundaries. Do not litter the place and help preserve the sanctity of the natural beauty around you.
Ensure that you wear long-sleeved clothes to prevent insect bites and dust allergies. Apart from this, wearing multiple layers of clothing also helps to protect against the chill in the air which is normally seen during the morning and evening hours in the forest.
Book a Trip
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