Nauradehi wildlife sanctuary
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Nauradehi wildlife sanctuary

  • Location : Sagar, Damoh, and Narsinghpur

  • Coverage area : 1197 sq. km

  • Main attraction :Nilgai, Sambar deer, Barking deer

  • Best time to visit : November and January

  • Nearby excurions: Amarkantak, Eran, Gauridant hillock

  • Nearby cities : Madhya Pradesh

Visit nauradehi wildlife sanctuary, madhya pradesh, to view the future home of cheetahs

Without any argument, it can be said that Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, is one of the largest wildlifereserves in India when one is talking about the landmass. This sanctuary was established in the year 1975. It spreads across an area of 1197 sq. km. This wildlife sanctuary shares its border with four districts of Madhya Pradesh, namely Damoh, Narsinghpur, Sagar, and Raisen. The two major rivers of India, Narmada and Ganga flow through it.


Dig a little deeper into the geography of the place

Situated at the tri-junction of Sagar, Damoh, and Narsinghpur districts, this sanctuary suddenly came to the limelight, when it was selected for Cheetah-reintroduction Project in India. This wildlife sanctuary holds a great biodiversity value. The two major river basins, which flow through this sanctuary, are the Narmada and the Ganga. Three-fourths of the sanctuary falls in the Narmada basin while the other one-fourth falls in the Ganga belt. The six ranges in which the wildlife sanctuary has been divided are the Mohli range, Jhapan range, D’Gaon range, Singpur range, Sarra range, and the Nauradehi range.


An interesting fact worth knowing

Earlier, there were no tigers in Nauradehi. So, an initiative was undertaken under the Tiger-reintroduction plan. For the successful implementation of this campaign, a request was sent to Panna Tiger Reserve to send some of their trained staff, who could look into the working of this project. Recently, some elephants also have been requested to be sent from Satpura Tiger Reserve. Also, in this reserve, the cheetah population is on the verge of extinction, so a step has been taken in this direction too so that the cheetahs do not become extinct. Around 750 square kilometers of land area has been considered as a ground site for this purpose. 23 villages of this area have been requested for allocation so that 50-60 cheetahs can be housed in the vacated area.


What is the climate story ?

The climate here generally tends to be warm. During the summers, the temperature can reach a maximum limit of 48°C. The temperature range stays between 5°C to 30°C during the winter months. This area experiences warm monsoon with light rain. The average annual rainfall in this wildlife sanctuary is 1200 mm. The park remains closed during the monsoons so that the trees can rejuvenate without any outside disturbance.


What is the perfect time of visiting this wonderful wildlife park ?

Though this park remains open from November to June, an ideal time to visit this park will be in between November and January, when the weather is too pleasant so the tourists can enjoy a comfortable stay. During this period, you can find a variety of migratory birds, which are a treat to the eyes.


What does the flora and fauna variety have to offer ?

Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its rich biodiversity consisting of various species of flora and fauna. Following are the details :

A list of the plants and trees found in this sanctuary

Nauradehi is a typical Vindhyan forest and so, the vegetation found here is mainly dry and deciduous. Teak trees are found in abundance and the other variety of trees found here are Saja, Bhirra,Ber, and Amla. During the rainy season, perennial vegetation blooms. The vegetation survives because of the presence of water bodies like Kopra and Bearma rivers.

Which animals are roaming here ?

The herbivores living here are Nilgai, Sambar deer, Barking deer, Four-horned antelope, chinkara, chital, and Wild boar. One of the keystone species of this wildlife sanctuary is the Indian wolf. Other carnivores, which roam freely in the sanctuary include Striped hyena, Bengal fox, and the Bengal tiger. The reptile species found in the wildlife sanctuary are Mugger crocodile, Monitor lizard, tortoise, turtles, and snakes.

Bird-watching is a must

If you are such a bird lover that you can spend hours looking at them, then you are in for a treat because Nauradehi is popular for its avian population. A great number of birds have been observed in this protected area. More than 80 bird species are found here. Someimportant bird groups found here include Eagles, Storks, Vultures, Cranes, Kites, Kingfishers, Owls, Quails, Egrets, and Doves. The Spotted Grey Creeper, which is a rare bird species, is also found here. Painted Stock, Spotted Owl, EgyptianVultures, White-Rumped Vultures, Indian Pond-Heron, Purple Sunbird, Paradise Flycatcher, Rose-Ringed Parakeet, Serpent Eagle, Verdict Flycatcher are some other bird species. During the winter months, a variety of migratory birds visit the sanctuary, which includes the Sarus crane.


Distance from major cities

The Delhites will have to cover a distance of 600 km to reach the sanctuary. For those people, who are coming from Bangalore to tour this sanctuary will have to traverse a distance of 1189 km. The Mumbaikars will have to travel 824 km. People coming from Bhopal and Indore will have to cover 186 km and 225 km, respectively. The sanctuary is situated at a distance of 1170 km from Chennai and 689 km from Hyderabad. People coming from Kolkata will have to cover a distance of 943 km to reach the sanctuary.


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Do not miss visiting these nearby places

Once you have completed the tour of Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary, there are several other nearby places to visit. Some of these places are :

Amarkantak

Amarkantak becomes a must-visitplace, if you are a history enthusiast. History says that Amarkantak, which is near to Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary, has many stories in its store. Initially, the place was ruled by the Chand Dynasty, followed by the Kalachuris. Mahabharata also reveals that it was here in this place that the Pandavas spent a significant portion of their time, during the period of their exile. Vedas and Puranas say that there were ashrams of Kapil Muni and Rishi Markand in this place. In the 15th century, the area was handed over to the Baghelas, and from 1808, the Bhosles of Nagpur ruled over the region.

Eran

This is a historical city, which was earlier known by the name of “Airikina” during the Gupta Empire. This place houses several Gupta inscriptions and archaeological relics. When you visit this city, you will find a number of Vishnu shrines, Varah statues, and the remains of the forts of that period.

Gauridant hillock

This place is close to Baroda Village in RehliSagar Road. It is an important place from the geological point of view.

Rangir

Situated at a distance of 11km from Rehli, this religious site has a long relationship with the evil character of Ravana from the Ramayana. This is the place, where the Mughal military general and Maharaja ChhatrasalBundela had a conflict. When you are in Rangir, you can pay a visit to the Harsiddhi Temple, which is a major tourist attraction.

Tikitoria

Situated close to the Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary, this place offers a great scenic view, which can be admired by one and all.

Nearby wildlife sanctuaries where stops can be made

Bandhavgarh national park

This national park is famous for its dense tiger population. In Sanskrit, Bandhavgarh translates to the brother’s fort. There is a story behind the etymology. People say that the park got its name from the most popular hillock of the area, where it is believed that Hindu Lord Ram instructed his brother Lakshman to keep an eye on Lanka. Do visit this park if you are desirous of watching some rare species of tigers, deer, and leopards.

Panna national park

Awarded as the best maintained national park of India, Panna National Park is waiting for your footsteps to linger in its soil. This national park worth paying a visit to if you want to witness the mesmerizing waterfalls while enjoying the rich flora and fauna of the place.

Know the easiest way to reach the sanctuary

In order to visit the wildlife sanctuary, you would need to reach Jabalpur or Bhopal, which arethe nearest cities.

Taking the air route

The nearest airport is Jabalpur. Or you can also fly to Bhopal. Taxi services are available from both these airports, which will take you to the sanctuary.

Reaching there by train

The nearest towns to the sanctuary are Damoh, Sagar, and Narsinghpur. All these towns are within the district in which the sanctuary lies.

Reaching the destination via roadways

If you want to reach Nauradehi sanctuary while enjoying the scenic beauty of the roadways, take the NH-12.

Visit at the earliest

Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary needs to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Not only for the bird lovers, but this place has something or the other to offer to every aficionado. So, if you want to breathe a whiff of fresh air while enjoying the view of a variety of avian species, then a visit to Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary becomes a must.


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