MAHARASHTRA TOURISM

NAVEGAON NATIONAL PARK

 

NAVEGAON NATIONAL PARK


Navegaon, a popular forest resort in the Vidarbha region, the eastern most part of Maharashtra, was built in the 18th century. The


 picturesque lake set amidst lush green hills at Navegaon, has a watch-tower beside it. One can get a bird's eye view of


 the surrounding forest and marvel at the exciting wildlife from the watch-tower. The Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Navegaon is


 home to almost 60 % of the bird species found in entire Maharashtra. Every winter, flocks of beautiful migratory birds visit the


 lake -- a rare treat for the eyes.One can also join the jungle safari and stroll through the beautiful forest, crossing paths with


 leopards, sloth bears, gaurs, sambars, chitals and langoors. Staying in the unique tree-top house, riding a power or sail boat on the


 lake, are thrilling pastimes. Nearly 50,000 tourists visits this tourist complex annually. Places of interest around the national park


 are Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (60 km), Itiadoh Dam (20 km), Tibetan Camp at Gothangaon (15 km) and Pratapgad (15 km). 


Flora: 


Teak, Haldu, Jamun, Kawat, Mahua, Ain, Bhel and Bhor. 


Fauna: 


Though Navegaon is better known as a bird sanctuary, a number of wild animals could also be sighted. Tigers, Panthers, Bisons,


 Sambars, Nilgais, Chitals, Wild boars, Sloth Bears, and Wild Dogs are main wild life species in this national park.


Timings: 


Entry between 7 pm and 4 am hours is prohibited.Weather: Temperatures are pleasant all year round.The best time to visit the


 nationalpark is during April and May.


Getting there:


 The nearest airport is Nagpur (150 km).  The nearest railhead is Deulgaon 2 kms from Navegaon on the Chandrapur-Gondia 


railway line.  The nearest bus stand is Navegaon 10 kms away. 


Lodging


One can stay at the Rest Houses or Youth Hostel in Gondia. National Park also offers regular suites and cottages, it also offers a


 unique tree top retreat with two suites and reservations by MTDC. Interpretation centre, small museum and library facilities are


 available at park. SevenWatch cabins and five watch towers are located at park for wild life observation and photography.

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