Nagzira Tiger Reserve
West IndiaThis small park often gets overlooked for its more famous and larger counterparts, but true nature enthusiasts know its importance. Covering an area of 152 square kilometres, nestled within the Vidarbha mountain range, it is often referred to as the ‘green oasis’ of the region. Nagzira got its name from the snake or nag temple here and zira, which means a perennial source of water referring to the stream from a hill in Pongezara. Gond kings once ruled these forests. In 1970, this area was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary and in 2012, it was merged with another National Park. The sanctuary is now part of the proposed Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve. The forests of Gondia and Bhandara form an important corridor with links to other Tiger Reserves in the region.
How To Book
Safaris can be booked through resorts and tour operators, or online.
Winter : Morning : 06:00 am - 11:00 am Evening : 02:30 pm - 05:30 pm Summer : Morning: 05:00 am - 10:00 am Evening: 03:30 pm - 07:00 pm The park is closed from 1st July until 30th September.
Getting Around the Park
Jeeps are available on hire, and you can even take in your own vehicle, but hiring a guide is compulsory. The Pitezhari Gate is the main point from where permits to enter the Sanctuary can be taken. Charges start from R3,000 for Indian Nationals and R 3,500 for Foreign Nationals. Each jeep accommodates 6 people per vehicle and includes vehicle fee, guide charge and entry fee.
R 50 for Indian Nationals R 100 for Foreign Nationals Guide Fee: R 300 Vehicle Entry Charges: R 150
By Air: Nagpur (120 km). Transport can be hired on arrival. By Rail / Road: There are 3 railway stations to the park: Gondia (45 km), Bhandara (75 km) and Nagpur (122 km). Cabs and buses are available from these stations for the park
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