A Trip to Nagzira National Park , February 2015

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Nagzira National Park , situated between Gondia & Bhandara Districts in the state of Maharashtra can be divided into two major areas , Old Nagzira (Zone I & II) & New Nagzira (Zone III) . The National Park has two main entry gates : Chorkhamara Gate & Pittejhari Gate . Chorkhamara Gate has access to both Old & New Nagzira, while tourists entering through Pittejhari Gate can have the access to Old Nagzira portion only. Two other gates of the Park are : Umazari Gate (having access to New Nagzira Only) & Mangezari Gate ( only for Old Nagzira ) . We decided to have safaris both in Old & New Nagzira . So two rooms at a small resort just outside the Chorkhamara Gate were booked . We boarded Gitanjali Exp from Howrah on 14th Feb & reached Gondia around 5.30 am next morning. Still it was dark. Our car was waiting for us at the railway station . We had some tea & then started our journey towards Chorkhamara village, around 45 Kms away from Gondia . The first rays of the day were ready to hit the horizon by that time ..
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The road condition was pretty good . Not a single pothole on the way & we reached Chorkhamara around 6.45 am after a smooth journey of 50 minutes. On that day we had the permit for Evening Safari & Evening Safari at Nagzira starts from 2.30 p.m . Since we had enough time in between , we decided to visit the Chorkhmara Talao ( actually a reserviour of Chorkhamara Dam ) after breakfast. Mr. Sudhakar Dahekar , owner of the resort showed us the direction . It's only 1.5 kms away from the resort & the road goes through Chorkhamara village. So we had a chance to explore the woody village also which is home to near about hundred families. While some of the houses are simply mud huts , we found a good number of houses with concrete walls as well . At the entrance of the village there is a statue of Birsa Munda & a few meters away there are statues of two saints , Sant Gadme Maharaj & Rashtrasant Sri Tukdoji Maharaj. There is a small temple of Vajrangbali also.

At the end of the village starts a huge valley surrounded by the forest & some far away hillocks. The blue & beautiful lake was visible from there . We crossed a couple of farmlands to reach the southern bank of the lake . A gentle breeze was blowing. We sat there for a while & enjoyed the beautiful landscape of the lake & the tranquility of the green valley illuminated by the soft light of late winter . Really it was a nice morning for all of us .. ..
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We are all waiting for more AG. Nice start and great photos. Love the dawn one with moon in it.
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Rice, Dal, Salad , Roti, Sabji & Egg Carry – a simple menu for lunch & we were ready for the evening safari. This was our first safari & the permit was for Old Nagzira. After completing the formalities at Chorkhamara Gate we entered the National Park . We had Naresh as our guide . Old Nagzira spreads over an area of 153 Sq Kms.(divided into 2 zones, Zone I & II ) & has many artificial water holes at different locations. We had a good sighting throughout the safari. Even we were lucky enough to spot a leopard crossing the road & the famous tigress of Nagzira "MAI" resting at a water hole at Bandar-Chua late in the evening. Mai is the mother of two male tigers, Jai & Veeru . During the year 2012 / 13 both of these cubs were sighted by many tourists along with their mother, Mai . But now they have grown up enough . Our guide Naresh told that Jai had left Nagzira & migrated to Kharangla forest near Nagpur (about 120 Kms away from Nagzira) & got a female partner there . Veeru had also moved deep inside the forest to create his own territory & no one could spot him in the last 7/8 months .
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We are travelling along, Arup! Of course, through your lens and story. Great beginning. Please share the expenses part and those of accommodation, Guide, contact numbers etc. Thanks.
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Exceptional writing and sighting and absolutely apt photography. This is going to be another treasure trove.

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Thanks , Asishda for your kind comments I'll surely post all relevant information on Transportation , Accommodation & Safari Charges.

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Before we proceed further here is another info on Tigress 'Mai' . Black stripes on her rear left leg have got a particular formation that exactly looks like the letter "A" & so ' Mai' is also referred to as " A Mark " by guides & forest officials . This cropped photo shows that interesting mark on her body ..
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Before we proceed further here is another info on Tigress 'Mai' . Black stripes on her rear left leg have got a particular formation that exactly looks like the letter "A" & so ' Mai' is also referred to as " A Mark " by guides & forest officials . This cropped photo shows that interesting mark on her body ..
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Excellent report.
February seems to be a lucky month for you when you are travelling in national parks.

Was going through your Corbett National Park report,there also you have spotted tigers.
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February seems to be a lucky month for you when you are travelling in national parks.

Was going through your Corbett National Park report,there also you have spotted tigers.
Thanks life1style1 . Yeah .. we were a bit lucky. There were almost 20 Gypsies in Old Nagzira that evening & only 2 of them could get the proper sighting of the tigress. But there is sad part also. Tourists on the other Gypsy got too much exited & started talking loudly. Even one of them was taking photos putting the Flash on . As we were making some signals to him for putting the flash off , several other Gypsies rushed into that area & the noise increased. After such disturbances the animal left the waterhole & moved deep inside the forest quickly.
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