Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary


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Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary Overview

Ranked 1 of 15 sightseeing in Gondia

The Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the popular tourist places, known for its biodiversity conservation. The sanctuary is home to diverse vegetation and serves as a 'Green lung' in order to maintain the equilibrium in the ecosystem.

The sanctuary has 36 species of mammals and 14 out of these are endangered. There are around 49 species alone of butterfly along with common mormon, common Indian crow, lime butterfly and black rajah.

There are around 166 species of birds present in the sanctuary. An endangered bird named, 'peafowl' can also be spotted in this wildlife sanctuary. The Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary provides habitat to fishes, amphibians and reptiles.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
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Poonam Sharma

Poonam Sharma3.9/5

3 reviews

Nice park

We can't say much as we are at Off season and park was closed. But surrounding area was very nice, beautiful and very natural. Overall we have enjoyed Dam area.

Rajendra Makharia

Rajendra Makharia3.9/5

13 reviews

Nagzira-A Wildlife Enthusiast's Destination

It was 5am on a sultry summer morning this year April, which saw us as the first ones to enter the main entry gates of Nagzira Sanctuary at Chorkhamara. We had barely entered the park in our Gypsy when our guide hushed us and stopped the vehicle. Lo behold, right in front of our eyes was one of the largest and finest of majestic beasts Endu, the biggest male Tiger in the sanctuary. He was sauntering majestically barely ten to fifteen yards from us. I scrambled for my camera and with fumbling fingers managed to fire off few frames as he was walking towards a nullah. This was my first and last sight of him, I had never seen a tiger this size in my life. He was ten years old weighed over 350 kgs. We waited at the spot and hovered back and forth in our Gypsy to catch another glimpse of him but even after an hours wait we couldn't get a whiff of him. We were told by the guides back at the camp that he was probably looking for his mate Mauli. Anyway we were quite exhilarated with the glimpse of him at least which none of the other vehicles could get, which was at least consoling.We stayed for three nights at Nagzira Sanctuary at Nagzira Nature Camp in one of their luxurious AC tents. This campsite had attached toilets and kitchen which provided meals. This campsite is just about a kilometer from the sanctuary gates. The Nagzira sanctuary has picturesque landscape and luxuriant vegetation and is of great importance from biodiversity conservation point of view. The other mammals sighted during our six safari outings, besides the tiger, were the elusive panther, jungle cat, wild dogs pack, black sloth bears, Bisons (gaurs), Four-Headed Antelope, Sambar, Blue bulls (neel gais), barking deer and Cheetals aplenty, wild boars, hedgehog and hare. There is a good amount of avian life too for which the sanctuary is noted. We sighted serpent crested eagles, kingfishers, red jungle fowl, drongos, warblers and several other species of birds. The sanctuary is also abode to thirty six species of reptiles like pythons, cobras and vipers. However we did not sight any. The sanctuary is also home to various amphibians like tree frogs, toads as well as several varieties of invertebrates such as butterflies and ants. The place was declared as Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary in 1970.The sanctuary is best reached by air from Nagpur (110 km), by rail from Gondia (40 km) and bus from Tiroda (20km). As the sanctuary was closed on Thursday, we visited Koka Sanctuary about 60 km from here. Here too the sighting is similar to that in Nagzira. A point to note is that both these sanctuaries have provided artificial water holes which are fed with underground water with aid of solar operated water pumps. While it is a thoughtful provision for the inmates of the sanctuary during scorching summer months, a little mind should have been applied in the construction as these holes which are cemented ponds with solar electric poles sticking out like an eyesore.The best season to visit undoubtedly is during summer months from April to June before the closure of the park during which the sighting is the best. All in all it was one of most memorable trips for me.

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Venkataramanan G

Venkataramanan G4.3/5

23 reviews

Safari at Nagzira

1)I visited Nagzira Wildlife Santuary (NWS) in Maharashtra from 26th to 28th April 20142)NWS is about 45 Kms from Gondia (ther are direct trains from Delhi to Gondia). Or one can fly down to Nagpur and take a taxi to NWS.3)Nagzira (300 Sq. Kms.) is primarily divided into 2 zones i.e. Old Nagzira (spread over 153 Sq. Kms.) and New Nagzira (spread over 147 Sq. Kms.)4)We stayed at Nagzira Tiger Resort, Chorkhamara and did 4 safaris at Nagzira (3 safari in Old Nagzira and 1 safari in New Nagzira)5)There are 4 entry gates to NWS i.e. Pitejari, Chorkhamara, Mangezari and Umarzari gates.6)Pitejhari is the most popular entry gate for tourists followed by Chorkhamara.7)Tourists from Pitezari and Mangezari gates can access Old Nagzira only.8)One can access New Nagzira from Umarzari and Chorkhamara gates only.9)Only the tourists from Chorkhamara gate have access to both Old Nagzira & New Nagzira.10)As informed by the various guides at Chorkhamara gate, Old Nagzira is home to 2 Tigers (Tigress MAI & A-Mark) while New Nagzira is home for 4 Tigers (Tigress ALPHA & three cubs aged around 18 months as on Apr 2014). There maybe 2 or 3 more tigers in Nagzira which does not get sighted because their territory does not fall in the area where safari is allowed. 11)As per the guides, Tiger sighting is more frequent at New Nagzira (as compared to Old Nagzira), and several times all 4 tigers are seen together. But it also happens that the tigers are not sighted for 4~5 days at a stretch. This might be due to the fact that a water stream runs along a ravine and the tigers might be resting deep inside the ravine which may not be visible from the road used for safari. Also there are very few alarm call given by other animals because there are hardly any Spotted Deer & Langur in New Nagzira. During the safari at New Nagzira, it is difficult to spot other animals because water availability is a major concern. 12)In Old Nagzira, there are more than a hundred artificial water holes in addition to the Nagzira lake. Hence the chances of sighting a Leopard, Wild Dog, Indian Gaur, Nilgai, Barking Deer etc are very high as compared to sighting them in New Nagzira. Of course, the lucky ones get to spot the tiger also.13)We could see a pack of 9 Wild Dogs (Indian Dhole), herds of Indian Gaur, herds of Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar and a Yellow Snake coiled around a tree.14)We also saw Racket Tailed Drongo, Black Drongo, Changeable Hawh Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Fish Eagle, Peacock, Indian Hawk Cuckoo, Green Bee Eater, Rufus Treepie and a variety of other birds.15) Summer is the best time to see animals while winters are good for viewing the forest16) Remember to take along Sun glasses, Cap, Sun screen lotion, Drinking water, some light snacks during the safari which is for a duration of 3 to 5 hours17) Lastly do not litter the forest. Bring back the wrapper / other waste and discard at the resort.18) NWS is closed on Wednesdays.

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A S4.6/5

453 reviews

Super Experience. Very Thrilling Indeed

After completing Pench Tiger Reserve we began our journey to Nagzira wild life sanctuary it was further 100 km from Pench. Very confusing roads we could feel we are getting into something more thrilling by seeing the locations around as the jungle area was getting more dense, lonely and scary. Finally by evening we made it to the Jungle Nature Camp, Nagzira. Camp site was just heavenly beautiful. Last 1km to the camp was all kacha roads. There we saw a huge never ending lake which was getting lost somewhere far away at the mountains in the backdrop. It was just heaven. Next day early morning was very similar to Pench, only difference was the gates were near to our camp that made me realize we were actually living in dense forest area. Nagzira forest was very different from Pench, Nagzira was more dense lush green and hilly. If there would have been an animal around would have easily hidden due to greenery around. We saw similar animals here as well mostly filled with deer and monkeys. Yet again we missed the tiger. The best part was we saw a tiger kill which had happened couple of hours back as per the jeep driver it was a dead stag. If you ask me to compare Nagzira and Pench; my vote will certainly go to Nagzira. It was just super thrilling. A must visit destination.

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Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Gondia

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Rajendra Makharia

Tiger in the sanctuary
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Gondia

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Rajendra Makharia

Bison drinking water
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Gondia

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Peacock flaunting around

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