CENTRAL INDIA the colours of India

The Central Indian states, namely, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, are characterised by summerr with moderate temperatures, also in winters the weather is very pleasant. The monsoons happen between July and September bringing the essential water for the entire year.

Blessed by nature, Chhatisgarh is an exquisitely scenic state, forest and waterfalls, it's verdant beauty is unspoiled and untouched.The State is full of ancient monuments, rare wildlife, carved temples, Buddhist sites, palaces, waterfalls, caves, rock paintings, and hill plateaus. Chhattisgarh offers the tourists "A Destination with a Difference"

Madhya Pradesh occupies perhaps the oldest part of the subcontinent, home of prehistoric caves that preserve some fascinating paintings dating back to Paleolithic times, medieval cities, refreshing and enchanting wildlife sanctuaries and some of the holiest and most revered pilgrim centres offer to the tourist the most fulfilling experience.

Gujarat is unique in its geological and topographical landscape. From volcanic outpourings through bedrock to fossil fields of indigenous dinosaurs; from the art of the neolithic cave painter to the stone masterpieces of a series of civilized architecture,Ancient cave paintings to historic murals. Art, history, music, culture, all dovetail within each other to form a wondrous matrix that is the cultural exuberance of the people of the state.

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Program 1: The heart of India

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States and Territories

Gujarat

Madhya Pradesh

Chhattisgarh


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GUJARAT

Since time immemorial Gujarat has been noted for its temples. These houses of gods and goddesses have been attracting millions of devotees. They range from the holy of holies like Somnath and Dwarka to wayside shrines. The jungles are verdant, lush and green, where lions prowl and flamingoes preen. Marble temples white and pure; reflect the glory of the days of yore. Age-old palaces browned in the sun and water parks for a day of fun. Here tribal life is a celebration, of music, dance and multicoloured traditions.

Religious spots like Dwarka, Somnath, Palitana, Pavagadh, Ambaji, Bhadreshwar, Shamlaji, Taranga and Girnar; Porbandar, birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, places of memorable monuments of architectural and, archaeological surprises like Patan, Siddhpur Ghurnli, Dabhoi, Vadnagar, Modhera, Lothal and Ahmedabad; beautiful beaches like Ahmadpur-Mandvi, Chorwad, Ubharat and Tithal; the hill station Saputara; lion sanctuary of Gir Forest and wild ass sanctuary in Kachchh area are major tourist attractions in the State.

Beaches

Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach

Ahmedpur Mandvi beach is situated on the coastline of the state of Gujarat and is one of the finest beaches in India. The striking features of the beach comprise of its soft sand, pristine waters, chirping birds and fascinating fishing hamlets. The sea water is white and very perfect for swimming. Various water sports are offered like water scooters, skiing, surfing, parasailing, and speed boat trips.

Bet Dwarka Beach

A ferry ride from Dwarka to the Island of Bet, near Okha, makes for a good picnic. About 30 km. from Dwarka is the famous pilgrim-centre of Vaishnavas. Here you can find Rancchodrai Temple, Devki Temple and Temples of Chief Queens of Krishna, Mahaprabhuji Bethak, Bala Hanuman and Shankh Talav are other attractions.

Chorwad Beach

Choarad beach is 66 kms from Junagadh and 23 kms from the fishing centre of Veraval. It is perfect for a quiet holiday because it is an isolated beach and is away from markets, crowds etc. The sea here is not always calm but the pleasant climate invites a host of tourists every year.

Diu Beach

Diu beach is located at a distance of 125km from Junagadh; the island of Diu is one of the finest beaches in the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat. Its soft sandy beach with swaying palm trees and fantastic forts, churches make it one of the most beautiful beach holiday destinations. It is a secluded island and does not have much population. This makes it the place ideal for a serene vacation, away from the worries of daily life.

Gopnath Beach

Gopnath beach is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy the scenic beauty, limestone cliffs, natural surroundings and fascinating flora and fauna. It is true; a visit to the beach is an excellent way to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. It attracts marine life and bird watching enthusiasts to the rocky shores on the coast. It is also distinguished for the temple of Gopnath Mahadev.

Kutch Mandvi Beach

Kutch Mandvi beach; a favourite tourist destination is situated at Mandvi, the historic port town of Maharao of Kutch, located at a distance of 75 km from Bhuj. It is a perfect weekend getaway complete with beautiful blue waters, flocks of water birds, sandy beaches and colorful fishing points. One can even enjoy docks next to the beach where wooden ships are constructed.

Madhavpur Beach

A stunning sandy coastline lined with the coconut trees, the Madhavpur beach is among the most beautiful sandy beaches in Gujarat. The coconut trees bordering the beach make it a pleasing place with cool sea breeze that touches your feet and make you feel fresh when your take a leisurely walk on the sea. This beach is truly a place to relax and rejuvenate.

Porbandar Beach

Porbandar beach is beautifully located between Veraval and Dwarka. It is one among the many unspoilt beaches of Gujarat. With the famous Porbandar town in the backdrop, one can unwind by strolling in this serene, tranquil and beautiful beach. Flamingoes and other sea birds can be frequently spotted here. To watch Arabian Sea is worth visiting this beach.

Somnath Beach

Somnath beach is still regarded as a virgin beach. It is bestowed with silver soft sands and pristine clear waters. It is located behind the famous Somnath Temple. The beach here is not particularly shady but the view it offers more than makes up for this one quality that it lacks. Dotted with coconut stalls and snack places, a ride on the camel through this beach is quite interesting.

Hill Stations

Saputara

Literally means the 'abode of serpents', Saputara is a densely wooded hill resort situated in the Dang district, at a distance of 164 kms from Surat city. It is the only hill station in Gujarat state. Saputara is a well maintained hill station having all the necessary needs and entertainment activities like hotels, parks, club, ropeways, theatres, horse riding, Camel riding, museum and breath taking views etc which offers a lot to its visitors. Standing at an altitude of 875 meter on a plateau in the Dang forest area of the Sahyadri range, Saputara is a popular base for excursions to Mahal Bardipara Forest Wildlife Sanctuary and Gira Waterfalls.

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Velavadar / Black Buck National Park

This small part of Bhal region (34.52 sq.km.), which was declared as Blackbuck National Park in July 1976, is open grassland. The sanctuary has been declared primarily for Blackbucks. The beauty of the grassland is enhanced by the movements of blackbucks and nilgais, which one can see from long distances. The blackbuck is most conspicuous for its jumping over the levels of grass.

The majestic blackbucks are less shy of human being here and one has a sure chance of watching them in their natural mood, leaping high in air, running, feeding drinking, rutting and chasing. The herds of blackbucks are of different gender combinations like mixed, all males and all females. The courtship process in blackbucks is quite similar to what used to be called "swayamvara" in good old days.

The grassland lies between two rivers namely Parvalia and Alang, which drain into the Gulf of Cambay. During the monsoon the area is often flooded. The blackbuck herds are mostly to be found in the northern part of the sanctuary, while the southern part has patches of thorn forest providing excellent opportunities for bird watching (especially birds of prey). The Alang River forms the southern border of the Park and is the favourite retreat for wolves. The park can be toured by vehicle and also on foot.

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary covers an area of 116 square kilo meter. This is actually a natural lake, which is located some 70 kilo meter away from Ahmedabad. Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is a spectacular natural lake with shallow waters and muddy lagoons, dotted by 360 islets. It offers an ideal wintering ground for thousands of migratory birds. These birds travel tiring lengths from Central Asia, Europe and Siberia to escape from severe cold of harsh winter there. In addition to migratory birds, many resident as well as local migratory birds also visit this place. This lake and the wetlands around it were declared a bird sanctuary in April' 1969.

Migratory birds start arriving here in October and stay till April. Their population reaches its peak in mid winter. There are 360 islets in the lake. Most of them lie exposed when the water level is low. The lake gets filled with water that drains from the adjoining Surendranagar and Ahmedabad districts in the monsoon. With this fresh water inflow, brackishness in the lake is reduced considerably. The sheer number of birds that is encountered in this beautiful place leaves the bird-watchers spellbound. As you move towards the islets through the sedges and aquatic grass, you hear sudden fluttering of thousands of birds. Both the flamingos i.e. lesser and Greater inhabit Nalsarovar. The former frequents the sanctuary during monsoon and post monsoon periods whereas the latter becomes abundant as the salinity increases after the monsoon.

Sasan Gir National Park

Located in the south west of the Saurashtra peninsula, the Gir National Park is a haven to about 300 Asiatic lions. The 1,412.13 sq. km. Park has a rugged landscape and the sheer rocky hillsides are covered in mixed deciduous forests. The Gir National Park is the only known home of the famous Asiatic Lion. The park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India. The Gir National Park is the only place where you can see the lion in its natural habitat. It was established as a Forest Reserve in 1965, with the primary motive of conserving the Asiatic lion, it sprawls over 2,450 hectares of land.

Gir also has nearly 210 leopards and numerous chital, nilgai, chinkara, the four homed antelope and wild boar. Marsh crocodiles are often seen along its rivers.

Rann of Kutch (Wild Ass)

The Wild Ass Sanctuary is located in the Little Rann of Kutch of the Gujarat State in India. It covers an area of 4954 km. The Sanctuary is named after a sub species of wild ass (Equus hemionus khur), the last population of which it harbours. The wild asses in the Little Rann of Kutch are active during the night, to maximise resource intake in the natural vegetation-agriculture interface. The vast cover of saline mudflats in the Sanctuary has no vegetation, except on the fringes and bets. Vegetation is largely xerophytic with the ground cover predominated by ephemerals. Their active growth is triggered by the advent of monsoon rains.

The Sanctuary is territory to about 93 species of invertebrates, including 25 species of zooplanktons, 1 species of annelid, 4 crustaceans, 24 insects, 12 molluscs and 27 spiders. Totally 4 species of amphibians (frogs and toads) and 29 species of reptiles (2 species of turtles, 14 species of lizards, 12 snakes and 1 crocodile) occur. The sanctuary provides an important feeding, breeding and roosting habitat for a large number of birds due to its strategic location on bird migration route and its connection with the dynamic Gulf of Kutch.

Ratan Mahal Sloth Bear

Ratan Mahal Sloth Bear is spread in 56 sq km. It is situated on the Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh border and only exclusive sloth bear sanctuary in Gujarat. Apart from the sloth bear, it is also home to leopards, the blue bull (nilgai), wild boars and the Indian gazelle.

The avifauna comprises more than 200 species, including a host of migratory birds. One can see white necked stork, barheaded goose, honey Buuzzard, King vulture, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise flycatcher, Slaty headed Scimitar babbler to name a few.

Karera Bird Sanctuary

The Karera Bird Sanctuary is located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The vegetation is reverie and swamp with mixed deciduous forests. Ber bushes and other wild plants are found in abundance. There are no trees except acacia throughout this forest. The thorny open country of the Karera Sanctuary houses the haughty Great Indian Bustard and the equally snooty blackbuck. There are many other varieties of birds and animals that have made it their habitat.

The blackbuck and Indian gazelle are the prominent habitants of this open country. There are many migratory birds that settle here in the season. There are pintails, teals, and gadwalls snoozing in the sun or squatting meditatively in the mud. There are resident water birds too like the black-bellied river terns, egrets, and spoonbills. Other birds found here are herons, Indian robins, as also insects like dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies.

Bori Wildlife Sanctuary

Bori Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh. This wildlife sanctuary is one of the oldest forest reserves, with an area of 518 sq kms. This wildlife reserve is conveniently placed on the northern foothills of Satpura Range.

MADHYA PRADESH

Madhya Pradesh occupies perhaps the oldest part of the subcontinent - called the Gondwana - the home of the Gonds. Close to Bhopal at Bhimbetka are the prehistoric caves that preserve some fascinating paintings dating back to Paleolithic times. Madhya Pradesh is the richest state in the country in respect of painted rock-shelters, the majority of which have been found in the districts of Sehore, Bhopal, Raisen, Hoshangabad and Sagar.

Perfectly preserved medieval cities, refreshing and enchanting wildlife sanctuaries and some of the holiest and most revered pilgrim centres offer to the tourist the most fulfilling experience. Tranquil beauty of Pachmarhi, glittering splendour of Marble Rocks and roaring sound of Dhuandhar Fall at Bhedaghat, Kanha National Park, with its unique Barasingha and Bandhavgarh National Park with its prehistoric caves and wildlife are some of the major attractions of the state. Gwalior, Mandu, Datia, Chanderi, Jabalpur, Orchha, Raisen, Sanchi, Vidisha, Udaygiri, Bhimbetika, Indore and Bhopal are the places well-known for their historical monuments. Maheshwar, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Chitrakoot and Amarkantak are major centres of pilgrimage. Unique temples of Khajuraho are famous all over the world. The temples of Orchha, Bhojpur and Udaypur attract large number of tourists as well as pilgrims.

Archaeological treasures are preserved in the museums at Satna, Sanchi, Vidisha, Gwalior, Indore, Mandsaur, Ujjain, Rajgarh, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Rewa and may other places. Omkareshwar, Maheshwar and Amarkantak have been declared as holy cities for their integrated development in accordance with their religious significance. Burhanpur is being developed as a new tourist destination.

Hill Stations

Pachmarhi

Panchmarhi is a pulsating hill resort in the central state of India, Madhya Pradesh. Panchmarhi is far and away from the madding crowds. The hill resort is the perfect place to holiday in the lap of nature. The hill resort derives its name from the five Pandav caves it is home to. The hill resort of Pachmarhi lies in the Satpura ranges, at an altitude of 1,100 m. At Pachmarhi there are tranquil forests along with deep ponds and lava hills. Formed of red sandstone, the valley, ravines and the maze of gorges at Pachmarhi are attractive.

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Bandhavgarh National Park

This is a small National Park; compact, yet full of game. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. Considering the importance and potentiality of the National park, it was included in the Project Tiger Network in 1993.The reserve named after the highest hill Bandhavgarh (807 m) in the centre of it, falls between the Vindhyan hill range and the eastern flank of Satpura hill range and is located in Shahdol and Jabalpur districts of Madhya Pradesh. There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Common Langurs and Rhesus Macaque represent the primate group. Carnivores include the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard and Tiger. The artiodactyls frequently sighted are Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chinkara and Gaur. Mammals such as Dhole, the small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel and Lesser Bandicoot Rat are seen occasionally. Among the herbivores, Gaur is the only coarse feeder. The vegetation along streams and marshes is rich in bird life. The common ones are Little Grebe, Egret, lesser Adjutant, Sarus Crane, Black Ibis, Lesser Whistling Teal, White-eyed Buzzard, Black Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Common Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Dove, Parakeets, Kingfishers and Indian Rollers. Reptilian Fauna include Cobra, Krait, Viper, Rat-snake, Python, Turtle and a number of lizard varieties, including Varanus.

Kanha National Park

Kanha Tiger Reserve, comprising parts of the Mandla & Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, and located in the "Maikal" hills of the Satpuras, is internationally renowned for its rich floral and faunal attributes. Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendour which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).

Kanha has some 22 species of mammals. Those most easily spotted are the Striped Palm Squirrel, Common Langur, Jackal, Wild Pig, Chital or Spotted Deer, Barasingha or Swamp Deer, Sambar and Black Buck. Less common species are Tiger, Indian Hare, Dhole or Indian Wild Dog, Barking Deer, Indian Bison or Gaur. Patient watching should reward the visitor with a sight of: Indian Fox, Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard, Mouse Deer, Chausingha or four horned antelope, Nilgai, Ratel and Porcupine. The Reserve is a part of the Gondwana tract inhabited traditionally and chiefly by the Gond and Baiga tribes, the latter confining themselves largely to the upper valleys and dadars near the main Maikal range.

Madhav National Park

Madhav (Shivpuri) National Park 156 sq km in area, the park is open throughout the year. The park enforces the conservation which the area enjoyed when it was the private shooting reserve of the Maharaja of Gwalior. It was established as the Shivpuri National Park in 1958 simultaneously with the creation of the State of Madhya Pradesh. It now enjoys further protection under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Altitude ranges from 360-480m. With a varied terrain of wooded hills, the forest being dry, mixed and deciduous with flat grasslands around the lake, offers abundant opportunities of sighting a variety of wildlife.

The predominant species that inhabits the park is the deer, of which the most easily sighted are the graceful little Chinkara, the Indian gazelle, and the Chital. Other species that have their habitat in the park are Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha or four-horned Antelope, Blackbuck, Sloth Bear, Leopard and the ubiquitous common Langur. Tiger Panthera tigris (occasional), leopard Panthera pardus, striped Hyaena, jackal Canis aureus, jungle cat Felis chaus) chital Axis axis, sambar Cervus unicolor, nilgai Boselaphus tragocamelus, four-horned antelope (chowsingha) Tetracerus quadricornis, wild boar Sus scrofa, chinkara (mountain gazelle) Gazella, crocodile and others.

Panna National Park

Situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh at a distance of around 57 km from Khajuraho is the Panna National Park. The region, which is famous for its diamonds, is also home to some of the best wildlife species in India and is one of the better Tiger Reserves in the country. The park is known worldwide for its wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope. Due to its closeness to one of the best-known Indian tourist attraction in India, Khajuraho, the park has the potential of becoming a major tourist attraction.

Tiger (Panthera tigris), the king of the jungle, roams freely in this secure, though a bit small habitat along with his fellow beings - leopard (Panthera pardus), wild dog (Cuon alpinus), grey wolf (Canis lupus), hyaena, caracal (Felus caracal) and smaller cats. The wooded areas are dotted with sambar the largest of Indian deer, chital and chowsingha. One can easily see nilgai and chinkara in most open areas in the grasslands, especially on the periphery. Varieties of snakes, including the python and other reptiles are found here.

The avifauna comprises more than 200 species, including a host of migratory birds. One can see white necked stork, barheaded goose, honey Buuzzard, King vulture, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise flycatcher, Slaty headed Scimitar babbler to name a few.

Karera Bird Sanctuary

The Karera Bird Sanctuary is located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The vegetation is reverie and swamp with mixed deciduous forests. Ber bushes and other wild plants are found in abundance. There are no trees except acacia throughout this forest. The thorny open country of the Karera Sanctuary houses the haughty Great Indian Bustard and the equally snooty blackbuck. There are many other varieties of birds and animals that have made it their habitat.

The blackbuck and Indian gazelle are the prominent habitants of this open country. There are many migratory birds that settle here in the season. There are pintails, teals, and gadwalls snoozing in the sun or squatting meditatively in the mud. There are resident water birds too like the black-bellied river terns, egrets, and spoonbills. Other birds found here are herons, Indian robins, as also insects like dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies.

Bori Wildlife Sanctuary

Bori Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh. This wildlife sanctuary is one of the oldest forest reserves, with an area of 518 sq kms. This wildlife reserve is conveniently placed on the northern foothills of Satpura Range.

The sanctuary is mostly covered by mixed dry deciduous forest. Teak, dhaora, bamboo, tendu are the main vegetation in this reserve forest. There are shrubs and other climbing plants that have added to the wonderful flora of reserve. Different floras and vegetation of the sanctuary is the homeland for various animals like the tiger, leopard, hyena, jackal, wild dogs, and Indian fox, chital Axis, sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, gazelle, jungle cat and four horned antelopes, all of which can be seen roaming in their natural habitat.

CHHATTISGARH

Blessed by nature, Chhatisgarh is an exquisitely scenic state, with two mighty rivers (Indravati and Mahanadi), 12% of India's forests, and a series of rolling hills. The Vindhyachal Mountain Range, which cuts India in two horizontally, dominates the state. Vegetation is dense. Forests stretch as far as the eye can see. Thundering waterfalls dot the landscape. Ancient underground caves harbour awesome formations of stalactites and stalagmites that have taken aeons to grow. Best of all, the verdant beauty is unspoiled and untouched.

The State is full of ancient monuments, rare wildlife, carved temples, Buddhist sites, palaces, waterfalls, caves, rock paintings, and hill plateaus. Chhattisgarh offers the tourists "A Destination with a Difference". Bastar, with its unique cultural and ecological identity, will come as a breath of fresh air. Chitrakote Falls, a spot where the river Indravati has an abrupt fall of 96 ft, which are like horse shoe curve, are often compared to the Niagara Falls. Tirathgarh Falls, the picturesque waterfall of Kanger river cascades down from a height of 100 ft in the form of steps. Other important destinations are the Keshkal valley, Kangerghat National Park, Kailash caves and Kutumbsar caves, which are rich in natural beauty. In Bilaspur, Mahamaya temple at Ratanpur, Khutaghat waterfall, Dindneswari Devi temple of Mallahar and the Achanakmar sanctuary, Udanti sanctuary near Raipur, Pali and Kendai waterfall of Korba district are important places of tourist interest. The Sabari temple of Kharod Janjgir Champa, Nar Narayan temple of Sivarinarayan, Vishnu temple of Janjgir are important religious places.

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest and important wildlife sanctuaries in the region. Established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary is relatively a small one covering an area of only 245 sq km. the topography of the region comprises of flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 265-400 meters. The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its lush green vegetations and unique wildlife.

The flora of Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly comprises of tropical dry deciduous forest with Teak, Sal, Bamboo and Terminalia being the prominent trees. Other major plants found in the sanctuary include Semal, Mahua, Ber and Tendu. The major wildlife of the Barnawapara Sanctuary include Tigers, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Leopards, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python to name a few. The sanctuary also has a sizable bird population with prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons to name few.

Indravati National Park

Indravati National Park is the finest and most famous wildlife parks of Chhattisgarh. Also the only Tiger Reserve in the state, Indravati National Park is located in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. The Park derives its name from the Indravati River, which flows from east to west and forms the northern boundary of the reserve with the Indian state of Maharashtra. With a total area of approximately 2799.08 sq km, Indravati attained the status of a National Park in 1981 and a Tiger Reserve in 1983 under the famous Project Tiger of India to become one of the most famous tiger reserves of India.

The flora in the Indravati National Park is mainly consists of tropical moist and dry deciduous type with high proportion of Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees. There are also well-off patches of excellent grasslands providing much required fodder to Wild buffalos, Chital, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Gaurs and other herbivores of the park. The most commonly found trees in the park are Teak, Lendia, Salai, Mahua, Tendu, Semal, Haldu, Ber and Jamun. The major wildlife in Indravati National Park include the rare Wild Buffalos, Barasinghas, Tigers, Leopards, Gaurs (Indian Bison), Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha (four-horned Antelope), Sloth Bear, Dhole (Wild Dog), Striped Hyena, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Flying Squirrel, Porcupine, Pangolins, Monkeys and Langurs among many others. The commonly found reptiles in the park are Freshwater Crocodile, Monitor Lizard, Indian Chameleon, Common Krait, Indian Rock Python, Cobra and Russell's Viper to name a few. The Park also gives shelter to the large variety of birds of which Hill Maina is the most important species here.

Sitanadi Sacntuary

Located in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh, Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most famous and important wildlife sanctuaries in central India. Established in 1974 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary covers an area of approximately 556 sq km, comprising of highly undulating and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 327-736 meters. The beautiful sanctuary derives its name from the Sitanadi River that originates in the middle of sanctuary and joins Mahanadi River near Deokhut. Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its lush green flora and rich and unique and diverse fauna and has great potential to emerge as one of the finest wildlife destinations in central India.

The flora in Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly comprises of moist peninsular Sal, Teak and Bamboo forests. Other major plants in the sanctuary include Semal, Mahua, Harra, Ber and Tendu. The rich and lush vegetation cover supports a wide variety of wildlife in the sanctuary. The major wildlife found in Sitanadi Sanctuary include Tigers, Leopards, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python among many others. The sanctuary also has a sizable bird population with prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, Peafowl, Pheasant, Crimson Breasted Barbet, Teetar, Tree Pie, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons to name few. Sitanadi Sanctuary is also being prepared to develop it as an important tiger sanctuary in the region. A visit to Sitanadi sanctuary promises to be an exciting and unforgettable experience for all wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Udanti Sanctuary

Located in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh, Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary is a small but an important wildlife sanctuary in the region. Established in 1983 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary covers an area of approximately 232 sq km. the topography of the sanctuary comprises of broken mass of land traversed by innumerable hill ranges intercepted by stripes of plains. The beautiful sanctuary derives its name from the Udanti River flowing from the west to east covering major part of the sanctuary. Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its population of the endangered Wild Buffalos. For their survival and growth many steps have been taken by the forest department officials. A large number of man-made tanks have been constructed all across the width and length of the sanctuary. On Udanti Wildlife Tour you can see this amazing animal among a wide variety of animals and birds.

The flora in Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly comprises of Tropical Dry Peninsular Sal forests and Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Mixed Forests. Major flora in the sanctuary comprises of Teak, Sal, Salai, Bamboo, Mahul, Semal, Mahua, Aonwla, Tendu, Harra and Ber among others. The wildlife found in Udanti Sanctuary include Wild Buffalos, Panthers, Tigers, Chital, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Sambar, Nilgai, Jungle cat, Barking Deer, Sloth bear, Gaur, Wild dog, Porcupine, Monkey, Jackals, Bison, Striped Hyena, Fox, Cobras, Pythons etc. The sanctuary also has a sizable population of birds with prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, Peafowl, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, Heron, Magpie robin, Lesser whistling Teal, Pintail, Rollers and Herons to name few. A visit to Udanti sanctuary promises to be an exciting and unforgettable experience for all wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers and nature lovers.

Kanger Ghati National Park

Located amidst the 34 km long and scenic Kanger Valley, a Biosphere Reserve, Kanger Valley National Park is one of the most beautiful and picturesque national parks of India. Known for its scenic beauty and the unique and rich biodiversity, Kanger Valley attained the status of a National Park in 1982. Besides wildlife and plants, there are many tourist attractions inside the park such as the Kutamsar Caves, Kailash Caves, Dandak Caves and Tiratgarh Waterfalls. Kanger Dhara and Bhaimsa Dhara (a Crocodile Park) are the two beautiful and exotic picnic resorts in the Park. The Park also has a sizable tribal population and can be an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, researchers, anthropologists and for anyone who wants to discover the very best of Chhattisgarh wildlife and unique tribes of the region.

The flora in the park chiefly comprises of mixed moist deciduous type of forests with predominance of Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees. In fact, the Kanger Valley is the only region in the Peninsular India where one of the last pockets of virgin and untouched forests still left. Major Wildlife of the Kanger Valley National Park are the Tigers, Leopards, Mouse Deer, Wild Cat, Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Jackals, Langurs, Rhesus Macaque, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrel, Wild Boar, Striped Hyena, Rabbits, Pythons, Cobra, Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards and Snakes to name a few. The avian fauna at the Park includes Hill Myna, Spotted Owlet, Red Jungle Fowls, Racket-tailed Drongos, Peacocks, Parrots, Steppe Eagles, Red Spur Fall, Phakta, Bhura Teeter, Tree Pie and Heron among many others.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary was constituted in the year 1975 it comprises of 557.55 Sq.km. North west forest block of Bilaspur forest division. Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary in India is the proud owner of a rich fauna.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary has numerous species of wild animals like the Chital, Wild Bear, Leopard, Tiger Panthera, striped Hyaena, Canis aureus jackal, sloth bear Melursus ursinus, Indian wild dog Cuon alpinus, Chital Axis axis, four-horned antelope or Tetracerus quadricornis, nilgai Boselaphus tragocamelus, Chinkara, Blackbuck, Wild Boar and many more.

Bhoramdeo Sanctuary

Bhoramdeo wild life sanctuary is one of the eleven wild life sanctuaries of Chhattisgarh state. It is located at kabirdham district. It is named after famous Bhoramdeo temples.

Bhoramdev Wildlife Sanctuary In Chhattisgarh is composed of Sal, Saja, Teinsa, Kara and Haldu species. The fauna comprises mostly of wild animals like leopard, hyena, fox, bear, cheetal, wild buffalo, nilgai etc. The river Sakari flows through the sanctuary is the source of drinking water for the wild animals. The best time to visit the Bhoramdev Wildlife Sanctuary is between November and March and the town nearest to the sanctuary is that of Kawardha. The sanctuary is s 140 km from Raipur. You can travel to the Bhoramdev Wildlife Sanctuary by roads from Kawardha which is again well connected to Raipur. The nearest airport is at Raipur.

Guru Ghasidas National Park

Guru Ghasidas National Park is actually a part of the former Sanjay National Park. This separate park was formed when Chhattisgarh was bifurcated from Madhya Pradesh and formed a state in itself. 60% of the park is located in the Koriya district of Chhattisgarh. It is named after the reformist hero of the place Guru Ghasidas.

The vegetation of Guru Ghasidas National Park consists mainly of mixed deciduous forest with teak, sal and bamboo trees. The diverse vegetation of the region consists of a wide variety of mammal population. Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Jackals, Sambar, Four-horned Antelopes, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, and Wild Dogs are some of the common species found in this region. It is also an ideal place to watch migratory birds.

Badalkhol Wildlife Sanctuary

Chhattisgarh is one of the new members among the states of India. Out of the total area of the place 44% is covered with forests. 12% of the total forest area of the country is in Chhattisgarh. It is rich in various wildlife species. There are a lot of wildlife sanctuaries in Chhattisgarh and Badalkhol Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh is one of them.

The important species in the sanctuary are deer, chinkara, gazelle and the spotted dear. There are other species as well like Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha, sloth bear, wild boar, jackal and hyena. Among the birds there are peacock, fowl, pigeon, quail, parrot and stork. At times the migratory birds also visit this place Tigers and leopards are also there at the Badalkhol Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh. They are however in limited numbers. A lot of rare birds can be seen in these sanctuaries and is considered to be a bird watchers paradise. At times you also get the opportunity to meet a bison.

Pameda Wildlife Sanctuary

Pameda Wildlife Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh in India is located in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The total area is 260 sq km and there is mixed deciduous forest.

Pameda Wildlife Sanctuary has some precious trees like sal and teak. There are mixed forests creating a different aura about the place. Deers can be easily sighted. Here you find the chital or the spotted deer, Indian Gazelle and the chinkara. Those who are interested in wildlife will never forget the images of the deer running all around the sanctuary like carefree creatures of nature. One can find sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, jackal, wolf, hyena, bison, nilgai, and sambar. If you are lucky enough you will meet the tigers and leopards. They are not in large numbers but are visible at times.

All those who are interested in birds the sanctuary provides with a chance to see a lot of them. There are beautiful peacocks, pigeons, quail, parrot, jungle fowl, and stork. Migratory birds are also visible in different parts of the sanctuary.