@ Gondia, Maharashtra. Nagzira leaves every nature lover mesmerised by its beauty! Famous for – Leopards, Sloth bears and bird watching.

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nagzira wildlife sanctuary wildlife safari


Nagzira wildlife sanctuary is located between Bhandara district and Gondia district of Maharashtra. In 1970, it was declared as the Wildlife Sanctuary. The Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary has an areas of 116.54 sq.kms. There is a temple of ‘Nag’ (Snake) which is exactly in the middle of Nagzira and a temple of Mahadeo. There was also a village inside the forest called as ‘Nangthana’ that adds up to the name of the forest. Nagzira got its name from this temple and ‘zira’ (zara) in Marathi means a perennial source of water that comes out from a hill in pongezara, Nagzira.

Some gates are closed on Thursday other on Friday whereas the park remains closed during monsoons. The peak season starts from October 15th to 30th June every year.

Nearest Airport : Nagpur (122 kms approximately)
Nearest Railway Station : Gondia (50 kms) Bhandara Road (50 kms)  Soundad (20 kms) Tirora (20 kms)

Co-ordinates: 21°14′38″N 79°59′09″E


Standard Itinerary

Day 1 –
Pick up from Nagpur at 10:00 am and transfer to Nagzira national park in private car. Reach Resort by 1:00 pm. Check in and rest. After Lunch Gear up and Leave for 1st Wildlife Safari. Evening Back to Resort. Dinner. Lights off and day ends.

Day 2 –

Early Morning Have Breakfast and Leave for 2nd Wildlife Safari. Alternatively you may carry your breakfast on safari only to save on safari time. Post safari back for Lunch. After Lunch Leave for 3rd Wildlife Safari. Evening Back to Resort.  Dinner. Lights off and day ends.

Day 3 –
Early Morning Leave For 4th Wildlife Safari. Check Out luggage. Enjoy the delicious Lunch and post Lunch Leave For Nagpur airport/ junction by Private Vehicle.

Tour concludes with Happy Memories !!

Inclusions :

  1. Pickup and Drop from Nagpur to Nagpur in A/C Vehicle
  2. Accommodation in Resort on Triple/Twin/Single Sharing Basis in AC Rooms/luxury tents
  3. All Meals at Nagzira National Park
  4. Tiger Safari in open gypsy
  5. All Taxes and Safari Permits
  6. Government Service Tax

Exclusions :
– Anything not mentioned in the inclusions list; e.g. Train/ Air travel, Personal orders, Camera charges etc.

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Nagzira sightings

The major forest type is Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests. Nearly 200 plant species thrive here. Diverse vegetation ranging from dry mixed forests to moist forests characterize this reserve. Bamboo and grasses are found in some parts. Teak, Sal, Mahua, Palasetc are commonly found here.

Nearly 34 species of mammals are found here. Tigers, Leopards, Wild boars, Bisons, Spotted deers, Sambar deer, Barking deer, Wild dogs, Sloth bears, Jackals etc are found here.

Oriented Turtle Dove at Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary

The avifauna of this sanctuary is its most attractive wildlife feature. Well over 166 species have been recorded here. Also as many as 15 species of migratory birds and about 42 species of local migrants are reported. One remarkable bird, “Bar-headed Goose” which is a winter migrant from Ladakh and Tibet inhabits Chorkhamara tank located adjoining the sanctuary

This sanctuary is the abode of about 36 species of reptiles belonging to 2 natural orders and 11 families out of which about 6 species are of endangered status namely Indian Rock Python, Dhaman, Indian Cobra, Russel’s Viper, Checkered Keelback and Common Monitor.



DENDU : The dominant male of Nagzira Wildife Sanctuary. This male is very shy, elusive and is rarely seen. He is the father of famous Jai and Veeru.

A-MARK : Dearly called as Mai which means mother or motherly in Marathi this female is a beauty. Around 16 years of age this female is mother of Jai and Veeru. This female has a mark resembling letter A on her body.

The litter of Dendu and Mai, Jai and Veeru are the dashing brother duo of Nagzira. Jai is the famed tiger which travelled 130 kms to umred after losing the territory fight with his father the mighty Dendu. Jai is now often sighted in UmredKarhandla Wildlife Sanctuary whereas Veeru hasn’t been seen in long time.

This female of Nagzira is another mate of Dendu and has mothered a litter of 3.

Alisha is daughter of Alfa female and currently has given birth to a litter of cubs.

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Wildlife Safari in Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary

The area at present is divided into 2 major ranges and further into different gates.

  • Chorakhamara Zone carrying capacity – 8 vehicles
  • Umarzhari Zone carrying capacity – 8 vehicles
  • Pitezhari gate
  • Jambhadi gate.

Gypsy and Jeep Safaris are always available which help in exploring the wildlife of the forest. One can also enter the sanctuary with his/her private vehicle.

Safari Timings usually depend on sunrise and sunset.

  • Morning Jeep: 6.00 A.M to 11.00 A.M. (entry allowed until 8.00 a.m.)
  • Afternoon Jeep: 2.00 P.M. until 6.00 P.M (entry allowed until 4.30 p.m.)

Each gate offers safari permit to the exclusive area of that range and no vehicle is allowed to interchange the zones while on safari. The entry and exit gate for the vehicle has to be same and breech of this rule is a serious crime.

The gypsy charges or vehicle charges are separate and one has to pay differently.

The tourists are not allowed to get down from the vehicle throughout the safari. A set of rules and regulation exists for tiger safari and the park guide is aware of that. One has to follow his instruction in order to abide with the regulations.

For the gate entry one needs to produce identification documents of the tourists like passport/driving license/ pan card etc. For the foreigners the passport in original has to be shown.


Nagzira Hotels and resorts

Many options for accommodation are available near various gates of Nagzira. A.c rooms, comfortable beds, veg- non veg food is available thus making stay comfortable.

Some of the resorts are Nagzira Tiger resort, Muba Jungle Resorts, Tuli suites etc.


For most of the year, temperatures are moderate and pleasant. Summers are hot and winters are pleasant.