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Melghat Tourism

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Melhat a true forest

Melghat tiger reserve is a true forest in its kind. This is the place for nature lovers, who like to walk through or take their own car in the forest.
I had a very pleasing experience at Melghat and loved its surroundings.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food here can be a problem for people who wish to dine only in the restaurants. Here you will only find dhabas and that too not the one you usually see on any highway. These are few dhabas at Semadoh village where the people of the village have started small time eaterias at their home with basic facilities. Again you cannot order anything and everything from the menu card. You have to ask what vegetables are available and that can be served to you accordingly. You wont even find and normal usual brand of bottled water and that is why in my trip I had carried boxes of packed water bottle from Mumbai itself.

Activities & things to do: Main activity would be a forest visit for wildlife. It can be a trek or a drive inside the forest. In my forest visit I could only spot few Bisons grazing in the wild.
Other than that a days (or even a half day) visit to the nearby hill station of Chikhaldara can be planned.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Carry your brand or water if you are not comfortable with the local brand available there.
There are no Hotels at all for stay, only forest rest houses. They are not very clean so do take your bed sheets, pillows, towels and other basic supplies. No mobile network except BSNL works in these areas and around.

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Melghat Overview

Melghat, a Tiger Reserve Wildlife Sanctuary, is situated in the northern part of Amaravati district of Maharashtra, near the border of Madhya Pradesh. Located on Gavilgarh hill, the south-western offshoot of the Satpura Mountain Ranges, Melghat Tiger Reserve lies at a distance of about 225 km to the west of Nagpur. The south-western boundary of Melghat Tiger Reserve is marked by the Gawilgadh ridge, a high ridge of the Satpura ranges. River Tapti guards its north-eastern boundary.

The name ‘Melghat’ stands for 'meeting of the Ghats'. The name of the place aptly represents its topography. Melghat has a distinct rugged terrain with huge cliffs, ridges, ravines and steep climbs along with limited entry points. The tropical dry deciduous forests that cover Melghat are largely continuous in nature which helps the preservation of its diverse flora and fauna from external human invasion.

The tropical dry deciduous forests of Melghat Tiger Reserve are crossed by Khandu, Khapra, Sipna, Gadga and Dolar, the tributaries of River Tapti. Makhala, Chikhaldara, Chiladari, Patulda and Gugamal are the plateaus that exist amidst the rugged terrain of Melghat.

Melghat is a prime bio-zone that preserves diverse species of life forms. It is estimated that Melghat consists more than 700 species belonging to about 400 genera of Kingdom Plantae among which the most prominent is Teak (Tectona grandis). About 60 – 70 newly identified species of plants are also found in the forest reserve of Melghat.

Among the animals found mostly in Melghat are tiger, leopard, sloth bear, sambar, gaur, nilgai, chital, ratel, langur, Rhesus monkey, pangolin, python, otter, black-naped hare and many others.

Melghat Forest Reserve was created in 1967 and it was re-notified as Tiger Reserve in 1974. It was enlisted among the first nine Tiger Reserves of India during 1973-74 under the 'Project Tiger', a conservation initiative to protect the Bengal Tigers.

The Melghat Tiger Sanctuary, created in 1985, was the buffer area of Melghat Forest Reserve. The Gugarnal National Park was carved out of the Melghat Tiger Sanctuary in 1987 to make it the core area of the Melghat Forest Reserve. In 1994, both Gugarnal National Park and Melghat Tiger Sanctuary were united and it was re-notified as Melghat Sanctuary.

Historic monuments like Gawilgarh Fort on the Chikhaldara plateau and Narnala Fort on the south-eastern part of Melghat are other attractions of Melghat. The Melghat Sanctuary is open from October to June but safaris can be taken only from December to June.

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