Nagzira Wild Life Sanctuary
Navegaon National Park
Welcome to Gondia,
Gondia or Gondiya, is the district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Gondia is also known as Rice City by local people due to abundance of Rice Mills in the area. It has more than 1000 rice mills and some small scale tobacco industries.
Gondia is well surrounded by hills and forests. There are so many tourist spots around Gondia. The most beautiful places are Nagzira wild life sanctuary, Navegoan National Park also called as Bird sanctuary. So many foreign birds came to here. Nagra is famous for the Shiv Temple situated at large hill. Devotees visit the temple of Mando Devi especially during navratra and the temple of Suryadeo(Sun God)is situated on a nearby hillock.
This is a dam, 25 km. away from the district in Goregaon Town. Rain fed water among the catchment of green hills is the atractive of dam and serene place to relax.
It is 40 km. away from the district in Tirora Town. It is famous for Chakradhar Swami Temple visited by Mahanubhav Panth followers. Chaitra Fair is held in the month of April.
Darekasa Caves are located nearby the village Darekasa in the Chandsuraj hills. This village has served as the headquarters for Darekasa Zamindari. Some of the caves are naturally formed and some are artificially made and are known as Kachgad or iron fort. These caves are formed out of single rock and can accommodate around 200 persons at the same time. Nearby Darekasa Caves, a waterfall named as Ramidoh can be visited by tourists.
It is 50 km. away from the district in Salekasa Town. This water fall is cascading, amidst, emerald green vegetation, good camping site. It is just 1 km. away from Railway station in Darekasa.
It is 25 km. away from the district in Morgaon Arjuni Town. It is the source of paddy irigation. This dam is also known for Katla fish and Prawn culture. It is surrounded by hillock, a variatable feast to outlooker. The Norgying Tibetian settlement, with the Tibetian carpet weaving center is also located near by.
Kachargadh is located at a distance of 55 km. from Gondia and is a popular tourist destination because of the 25000 year old natural caves situated here.
Here archeologist found stone weapons were used by person of that era. It is situated in the dense forest and paradise for trekker, worshiping place for local tribal.
It is 15 km. away from the district, place of historical importance being administrative headquaters of Kamtha Zamindari(Covering most of the Gondia District) in the last century.
Famous for Shiva Temple built by local Saint Lahri Baba. It is visited every Thursday by devotee specially on Guru Pornima.
Mando Devi and Suryadeo Temple is 26 km. away from the district. Mando Devi Temple is situated over the hillocks worshiped by devotee specially in 'Navratra Festival'. The mando Devi is basically Reincarnation of Godess.
Temple of Suryadeo is situated on near by hillock, Picturesque location of tank. Suryadeo is basically 'Sun God'.
The sanctuary is 40 km away from Gondia. The sanctuary has an area 152.81 sq. km. This sanctuary is locked in the arms of nature and adorned with picturesque landscape, luxirous vegetation. It has got immense potentials from biodiversity conservation point of view.
The sanctuary has diverse type of vegetation ranging from dry mixed forest to moist forest. Forest type is southern tropical dry decidious forest. The major tree species are teak, ain, haldu, dhawda, Tendu, Moha etc. The vertebrate fauna of sanctuary includes 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, and 34 species of mammals like Tiger, Panther, Jungle cat, Wolf, Jackel etc. The sactuary has got immense potentials for providing wildlife education. Nearly 30000 tourists visits this sanctuary annually. Five watch cabins are four watch towers are located for wild life conservation.
The park is situated at southern part of Gondia district. It is located in eastern part of Maharashtra state and constitute area of 133.78 Sq.Km. It has greate importance from nature conservation point of view. It is indeeed nature priceless assets and beckons one and all to enjoy its picturesque landscape, its pure and fresh air. It has got immense potentials from biodiversity conservation point of view.
The national park has diverse type of vegetation ranging from dry mixed forest to moist forest. The vertibrate fauna of National park includes 209 species of birds, 9 species of reptiles and 26 species of mammals which includes Tiger, Panther, Jungle cat, Small India Civet, Palm Cavet, Wolf and Jackle. Interpretation centre, small museum and library facilities are available at park. Seven Watch cabins and five watch towers are located at park for wild life observation and photography.
Nawegaon Lake in Nawegaon National Park stretches over an area of 11 sq. km. According to legend, this lake was built in the eighteenth century by Kolu Patel Koli. At present, he is called by the name of Kolasur Deo and his statue can be found on one peak encircling the lake. Local people believe that these idols assisted Kolu in making the Nawegaon Lake.
It is 5 km. away from the district in Amgaon Town. Bhavbhuti, the great Sanskrit Litterateur was born here. He wrote famous Sanskrit Drama Malti Madhav, Mahaveer Charita and Uttar Ram Charita. Historical and ancient idols were found here.
It is 5 km. away from the district. It is ancient place and site for archeological excavation. The Shiv Temple were build here in 15th Century A.D. in Hemadpanthi style. Other surrounding temples may be visited by the curious interested tourists.
Tibetan Camp is situated at Gothangaon and is one of the popular tourist spots. The camp is the settlement area for the Tibetans and tourists visit this place for exploring Buddhist temple and other sights of Tibetan significance.
The vainganga river is the largest and most important river and it enters into district through north east direction. It's total length in the district is 200km. and it flows to the south in the Chandrapur district. The rivers like Bagh, Chulbandh, Panghodi Suz, Gadhavi, Chandan, Bavanthadi are the tributaries of river Vainganga.
- Major Dams : Sirpur, Pujaritola, Kalisara etc.
- Minor Dams : Bodalkasa, Chorkhamara, Managarh, Rengebar, Sangrampur, Umarzari, Khokatangi etc.