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Nagzira National Park

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary

Amidst the beautiful state of Maharashtra, lies the Nagzira National Park, a soft spot for every wildlife enthusiast. Due to its tireless efforts of conservation and responsible tourism, Nagzira was declared a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1970 and recently titled a National Park.

The dramatic landscapes from the dry deciduous forests to the scenic bamboo brakes is a sight worth seeing. Resides within is a large diversity of flora and fauna including the royal Bengal Tiger, the star attraction.  A rare feature in central India is found here by the four perennial lakes attracting over 140 species of birds that colour the sky and sing melodies during the day.

If you are a passionate photographer, visit Nagzira to capture the stunning beauty of the surroundings, birds and wildlife through jeep safaris and nature trails.

Interesting Fact – Nagzira

The name itself comes from a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Nagdeo) and a perennial source of water (zira) located deep inside the forest. The forests of Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary were once ruled by the Gond kings. The Gond people are one of the largest indigenous tribes in India, with a rich cultural heritage.

Prime Predators

The Bengal tiger is the apex predator of Nagzira National Park. These magnificent creatures are known for their strength, power, and beauty.

Famous For?

Nagzira National Park is famous for its population of tigers and leopards. The park is also home to a variety of other wildlife.

Major Wildlife

tiger, leopard, sloth bear, dhole, jackal, hyena, gaur, chital, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, and four-horned antelope.

Flora & Fauna in the Park

Flora

Due to pleasant and favourable climate, the park usually provides a cool shade and shelter for a variety of flora. It is heavily dominated by thick dry dense deciduous forests consisting of tendu, Ain and teak trees. 

A vibrant effect is produced by the dhobi, khair and haldu trees beneath this natural canopy. Expert naturalists will educate you about the undergrown medical plants, climbers and bamboo brakes seen in small green pockets.

Fauna

This biodiversity hub consists of all types of wildlife to balance the ecosystem. The highlight is the apex predator, the legendary Bengal Tiger. Keep a lookout for the silent grace of leopards and the distinctive black fur of sloth bears. 

Herbivores like the four-horned antelope, Gaur, spotted sambar deer, barking deer and pangolin provide ample amount of prey and and are a graceful sight. Nagzira is an avian paradise for over 166 species. Colourful creatures like the bar-headed goose and royal peafowl are often photogenic birds. 

Feathered birds have distinct calls, so listen attentively to owls, eagles, and hornbills. Your safari is not complete without spotting the reptiles of the park like cobras, monitor lizards and pythons.

Mammals

  • Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Indian Guar
  • Sloth Bear
  • Dhole
  • Sambar Deer
  • Four-horned Antilope
  • Jungle Cat
  • Chital
  • Barking Deer
  • Mouse Deer

Birds

  • Bar-headed Goose
  • Peafowl
  • Grey Hornbill
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Black Ibis
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Oriental Honey Buzzard
  • Shikra
  • Magpie Robin
  • Indian Pitta

Reptiles

  • Indian Rock Python
  • Indian Cobra
  • Russell's Viper
  • Indian Roofed Turtle
  • Monitor Lizard
  • Indian Gharial
  • Fan-throated Lizard
  • Chameleon
  • Brahminy Blind Snake
  • Indian Wolf Snake

Safari in Nagzira National Park

Finally, your anticipation comes to an end as you go for a thrilling and adventurous safari experience. The most famous and efficient type of safari is the jeep safari. Typically, these are also named as Tiger Safaris as the Bengal Tiger is the highlight of the park. 

Spotting any elusive species especially the tigers is a very long and tiring process. The dense dry jungles of Nagzira enable these predators to be deceitful and search for prey. Guides on your jeep will try their best to sight tigers for an unforgettable memory for visitors. 

Do not feel disappointed if you do not catch a glimpse of a tiger. Look out for leopards, sloth bears, gaur, and birds. Based on the season and permits, you may get the chance to go for a night safari. The nocturnal wilderness brings the park alive with the glowing leopard eyes and howls of owls.

Nature trails are organised on the forest department tracks to reveal the hidden micro magic of Nagzira. Take this opportunity and observe closely the types of flora, butterflies, insects, and herds grazing in the meadows

Nagzira Safari Tours

Nagzira Budget Tour

Nagzira Budget Safari

Explore Nagzira National Park's rich wilderness on a budget with our Nagzira Budget Safari. Spot tigers, leopards, and more on thrilling safari drives and treks.

nagzira Weekend Tour

Nagzira Weekend Safari

Escape to the wild this weekend with our Nagzira Weekend Safari! 2D/1N adventure spotting tigers, leopards and more. Affordable lodges amid nature's beauty

Nagzira & Pench Tiger Safari

Nagzira & Pench Safari

Unleash your wild side with our Nagzira-Pench Safari Escape! Discover two jewels of Indian wilderness - spot magnificent tigers, leopards and a kaleidoscope of wildlife across these iconic parks.

Nagzira Fixed Departure Tour

Embark on a riveting wilderness odyssey with our Nagzira Fixed Departure tour. Immerse in untamed beauty, witness majestic wildlife, and savor moments that etch unforgettable tales. Join us for an adventure beyond imagination.

Safari Zones or Gates

As Nagzira is not an extremely large park, it only has 2 zones, each with one main gate for jeep entries. They are buffer zones, encircling the core zone as that is the only area where safaris take place here.

Chorkhamara Zone

The entry gate for jeeps for this zone is the Pitezari Gate. It has a hilly terrain with dry deciduous forests. This provides a canopy effect and dense foliage giving shelter to the carnivores and herbivores alike. 

This zone provides an isolating and personalized experience with only a limited capacity of 20 jeeps allowed here at any given time. 

wildlife in safari zones of Satpura

Umarzai Zone

This zone is accessed through the Jambhadi Gate and renowned for the breathtaking view of the Navegaon Lake. This lake is the most appealing for the rich bird population of residential and migratory birds. 

The zone has transitionary landscapes from dry jungles to lush meadows. Similar to Chorkhamara, 20 jeeps are permitted at a time for entry. This ensures for a peaceful and luxurious exploration.  

How to book Safari in Nagzira Tiger Reserve

To book an end-to-end safari package in Nagzira National Park including airport transfer, accommodation, meals, and internal transfer, you may contact Big Cats India, or schedule a free discussion with our experts to understand the best safari zone to book, based on your area of interest.

It is advised to plan your safari well in advance to get the best zones for sightings.  If you are not sure which gate(s) to choose from, you can contact Big Cats India or message us for any assistance in booking your safari in Nagzira.

You can also book Nagzira Safari online from the tourism website where you can also see the exact entry fee, jeep safari fee, and guide fee. However, this website only books your safari permits, not the accommodation, food, and internal transfer to the reserve gates.

Open Jeep Safari

Open Jeep Safari

Be ready for the thrill of a jeep safari with 4-6 passengers. A trained jeep driver and a naturalist with years of experience will ride along for your adventure.

Canter Safari

Canter Safari

Canter safaris are conducted in groups of 16 people per canter. The canter safaris offer a 5-hour ride from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 hours from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore wildlife and see tigers.

Morning Safari Timings
Summer Pre-Winter Winters
06:00 to 11:00 Hrs 06:00 to 11:00 Hrs 06:30 to 11:00 Hrs
Evening Safari Timings
Summer Pre-Winter Winters
15:00 to 18:30 Hrs 15:00 to 18:30 Hrs 15:00 to 17:00 Hrs

Weather in  Nagzira

Nagzira National Park experiences a diverse climate throughout the year. 

The winter months between October to February are the peak tourist season with pleasant climate. The weather is dry and moderately sunny with temperatures between 10°C to 25°C

Summer months of March till May are hot and humid. Temperatures go from 25°C till as high as 45°C. Birdwatchers may target this season to spot migratory birds.

Lastly, the monsoon season lasts from July to September. The park generally remains closed during this time as it also the breeding season for wildlife. Temperatures go from 28°C to 36°C with variations due to rains. 

Each season in Nagzira National Park provides a unique backdrop for nature exploration and wildlife enthusiasts.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min(°C) 12 14 18 22 25 27 28 27 26 22 17 15
Max(°C) 26 28 32 36 38 40 38 37 35 32 30 28
Month Min(°C) Max(°C)
Jan 12 15
Feb 14 28
Mar 18 32
Apr 22 36
May 25 38
Jun 27 40
Jul 28 38
Aug 27 37
Sep 26 35
Oct 22 32
Nov 17 30
Dec 15 28

Visiting Park in Winter

Nagzira in Winters

Tourists target the prime season of November to February as it is the perfect balance for all. The weather is cool, skies are clear and jeep safaris are comfortable. Most number of animal sightings occur in winters. The nights might get chilly so remember to pack warm sweaters.

Visiting Park in Summer

Nagzira in Summers

The shoulder season is March till June where the heat waves and sweaty temperatures mark slight discomfort. If you cannot stand the heat this may not be the season for you. But if you are a wilderness enthusiast and want a more isolated experience, summer might be the best time for your visit.

Visiting Park In Monsoon

Nagzira in Monsoon

Anyway, safaris in the park during the rainy season can be dangerous and difficult. Soil erosion and reduced visibility poses a huge risk. Due to these reasons, Nagzira remains closed from June/July till September. However, contact the park authorities to find out the exact park closure dates. This way you can plan your trip accordingly. 

Best time to spot tigers at Nagzira National Park

Undoubtedly, tourists travel large distances to spot the majestic tiger in Nagzira National Park. Waiting tirelessly for hours suddenly seems worth it when you catch a glimpse of a tiger roaming around, hunting for pray, playing with the cubs or just lazing in the sun. You will capture one of the most iconic pictures of your safari trip when you sight a tiger. 

The best time to spot a tiger is between March to June. Due to the unbearable heat, these animals may be seen seeking shelter beneath a tree or by the waterholes to hydrate.

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 How to Reach the Park

Reach by Air

By Air

The nearest airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport (Nagpur Airport) (IATA: NAG) at a distance of approximately 130 kilometers. From there, book a cab or taxi that will take you directly to the park.

By Road

Major cities like Mumbai and Pune are easily connected to Nagpur through NH 6 highway followed by State Highway 47 to Sakoli.

By Rail

By Rail

The nearest railway stations are Gondia Junction (GND) – 45 kilometers from the park. Tirora Railway Station (TKRA) – 19 kilometers from the park. Utilize the state transport buses or take a taxi from the station to the park.

Nagzira National Park's distance from important cities

From By Air+Road (Hrs) By Road By Rail+Road (Hrs)
New Delhi 1.30 Air + 2.30 Road 17.00 Hrs   14 Rail + 3.00  Road
Nagpur (Nearest) NA 3.00 Hrs

NA

Mumbai 1.15 Air + 3.00 Road 16.00 Hrs 12.00 Rail + 3 Road
Bangaluru 3 Air + 3 Road 20.00 Hrs NA
Bhopal 1 Air + 4 Road 10 Hrs 10 Rail + 3.00 Road
Jabalpur 1 Air + 3 Road 5.00 Hrs 7 Rail + 3.00 Road
Pune 1.30 Air + 3 Road 15.00 Hrs 19.00 Rail + 3.00 Road

 

Distance from other Parks & Reserves
From Time to arrive
Tadoba TR 3 Hours
Pench TR 3.30 Hours
Kanha TR 4 Hours
Satpura TR 5 Hours
Panna TR 7 Hours
Bandhavgarh TR 8 Hours

Things you should carry with you

Essential things to carry for your Nagzira Tiger Safari

Your DSLR or Camera to capture your memorable safari moment.

Binoculars to view the wildlife from a safe distance.

Plenty of water to keep you dehydrated on a sunny day.

Hat & Shades to protect from direct sunlight.

Bandanna or Cotton Scarf to cover your face and avoid dust.

Winter wear or jacket if you are doing a safari during winter. It really gets cold very quickly after sunsets in Jungle.

Rain Cover to save you and your gears from water during rain.

Nagzira can get really colder very quickly in the evening so consider carrying woolens in the afternoon safari in nagzira during winter’s season.

Items to carry in Jungle Safari

Some History of Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in Maharashtra, Nagzira has been there for many years. It was once under the Gond kings who were the rulers of this empire. These lush forests were very lively at that time. In 1970, it was declared a wildlife sanctuary due to its ecological importance. 

Since then, this step prioritized safeguarding different types of plants and animals there. In 2012, four decades later it became a national park to further show its commitment toward conservation efforts. 

history of Satpura tiger reserve

Today it serves as an example of what India has done over time to save its natural legacy thus enabling people see wilder parts found in central India.

Why visit Nagzira?

Want to go on a unique adventure? Visit Nagzira National Park! Get away from the typical tourist spots and come face-to-face with tigers and leopards in their natural habitat. This undiscovered treasure boasts various landscapes such as teak forests or shimmering lakes which are home to more than 160 bird species that you can observe here alone. 

Go for a jeep safari or take a walk around the nature trails. Every moment will be enchanting thanks to the symphony performed by Mother Earth herself! Nagzira is where you meet with the untamed Indian wilderness soul, still waiting for discovery.

Nagzira General Info Card

  • Total Area:  152.81 Sq. Km
  • Location: Bhandara and Gondia Districts
  • Notified as Wildlife Sanctuary: 1970
  • Notified as Tiger Reserve: 2012
  • Nearest Airport: Nagpur (3.30 Hours)
  • Nearest Railway Junction: Gondia (45 KM)

Nagzira Wildlife Info Card

  • Carnivorous: Tiger, Dhole, Sloth Bear, Jungle Cat
  • Herbivorous: Indian Gaur, Sambar Deer, Antilope.
  • Omnivorous: Wild Boar, Indian Fox
  • Birds: 166 Species of Birds

Nagzira Tour Info Card

  • Ideal Tour Length: 3N4D or 6 Safaris
  • Can extend with: Tadoba, Pench, Kanha
  • Tour Starting points: Delhi, Jabalpur, Nagpur
  • Is tour Customizable?: Yes
  • Safari Options: Open Jeep, Canter

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