Location: 45-km From
Chandrapur And 100 Kms From Nagpur
Referred To: The Jewel Of Vidarbha
Significance: Oldest National Park
Tadoba National Park is a
compact 120-sq-km park, perched at an altitude of 200m and is placed
100-km south of Nagpur and 45-km north of the district headquarter and
industrial town of Chandrapur. A haven for wildlife enthusiasts,
Tadoba is also referred to as 'The Jewel of Vidarbha'.
The oldest National Park in
the state of Maharashtra, it is also a Project Tiger reserve, since
1993. The area around Tadoba was once highly populated by the Gond
tribals. It derives its name from their local deity 'Taru', who,
according to a legend, was killed in an epic fight with a tiger. He is
still worshipped by the local villagers as the deity of 'Tadoba'.Flora
The rich deciduous forest
mainly consists of teak trees, others being Bamboo, Gardenia,
Satinwood, Mahua and Jamun. The other tree species found within the
protected area are Ain, Arjun, Behada, Bija, Bhera, Bor, Bel, Chichwa,
Dhawada, Kusum, Mowai, Phetra, Rohan, Salai, Semal, Shisham, Sisoo,
Shivan, Surya, Sirus, Tendu, etc.
Although the major
attraction is the Tiger, large herds of Chital, the stately Sambar,
the elusive Barking Deer, the fleet footed Chausinga, the majestic
Gaur, the robust Nilgai, the shy Sloth Bear, the whistling Wild Dogs,
the omnipresent Wild Boar, and the stealthy Leopard make lasting
impressions on the visitors to this Reserve.
As the night falls the Small
Indian Civet, the Palm Civet, the Ratel, the Flying squirrel make
their presence felt. The lake attracts many water birds like Cattle
Egrets, Purple Moorhens and Jacanas. It also has marsh crocodiles at
the breeding farm.
Tadoba National Park is a
large park featuring mixed teak forests and a lake, with night viewing
available to see its large wildlife populations. Situated in the heart
of Tadoba National Park is a 120-hectare water body, called Tadoba
A motorable road runs along
the perimeter of the lake along which a leisurely stroll can provide
excellent wildlife viewing. Two watch towers have also been erected
for observing wildlife. There are minibuses that take you around, and
the best time to visit is in the evening.
On the shore of Tadoba lake,
is a shrine underneath the canopy of a large tree that is held in high
regard by the Gond Tribals. A well-attended fair is held here
annually, between December and January ("Pushya Maasa").
A trek up the gentle slope
of the small hillock called 'Jamunbudi' leads to the lush meadow at
the top. Full of enchanting jungle trails, experienced trekkers are
available to guide tourists along them. A walk to Panchdhara (5-km),
with an exclusive water hole, is also recommended. Also worth a walk
is Jamunbadi (5-km), with grasslands and thick jungles intermingling,
providing one with just the right touch of nature at its best.
There are four "Machaans"
where animals are sighted, especially at dusk. These are located near
the Panchdhara waterhole, Vasant Bhandara waterhole and two around the
FOR MORE TOURIST
Best time to Visit: For
better and bearable climatic conditions the best time to visit the
park is between the cooler months. Of November and June, just before
the onset of monsoon the rest house of the forest department is an
enchanting little place, reservation for which could be done at the
District Forest Office, Chandrapur. A visitor could book himself on a
Jungle Safari Tour, or could enjoy Elephant rides.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Nearest airport is
Nagpur, 158-kms away from the park.
Rail : Nearest railhead is Chandrapur, 45-kms away from the park.
Road: The nearest town is Chandrapur. State-run and private transport
buses too, can take one to/from Nagpur