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Navegaon National Park



Brief


Navegaon National Park is located in the Navegaon area of Gondia district in Maharashtra. It is one of the most popular forest resorts in the Vidarbha region. It is located in the eastern part of Maharashtra state and covers an area of 133.78 sq km.The scenic 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 which consists of a deer park, Dr. Salem bird sanctuary, and three exotic gardens. 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. The national park has diverse type of vegetation ranging from dry mixed forest to moist forest. The forest type is 5 A/C3. Southern tropical dry deciduous forest.

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.

This sanctuary serves as a living repository of various economical, medicinal, aromatic, ornamental plant species. It includes, Teak, Haldu, Jamun, Kawat, Mahua, Ain, Bhel and Bhor.

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.

Flowing through the Navegaon Wildlife Park is the beautiful Navegaon Lake that flows with crystal clear water. A series of cascading trails leads one to the lake, which stretches over an area of somewhere around 11 sq km. There is also a watch tower inside the wildlife park, from where you can get awesome views of the entire region.

In and Around


Tibetan Camp in Gothagaon
This Tibetan camp is at a distance of 125 Km from the park. You can get acquainted with the vibrant Tibetan culture; the camp has beautiful monasteries and temples.

Itiadoh Dam
his earth-filled dam merges into the landscape to weave a cherishing panorama.

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary
Yet another wildlife retreat for the lovers of adventure at a distance of 69Km from Navegaon Wildlife Sanctuary.

Pratapgad
This is (15 km) from the Navegaon Wildlife Park .

Best Time


Navegaon National Park can be visited all year round, because of its constantly pleasant weather. Recommended time to visit is during April and May (wildlife) and October to June (birds).

How to Reach


By Air
The nearest airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar international airport Nagpur, at a distance of 160 Km from the park.

By Rail
Nearest railway station is in Gondia railway station at a distance of 82 Km.

By Road
Navegaon National Park is well connected with Gondia and Arjuni.

Stay / Eat


Where to Stay
There are official lodges by the authorities of the forest, for the tourists. You can choose from; holiday homes rest house, log hut rest house, sanjay kuti rest house, youth hostel and tents.

Apart from the regular suites and cottages, it also offers a unique tree top retreat with two suites and reservations by MTDC.

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