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Nauradehi Sanctuary: Proposed for Cheetah introduction

Fast Facts

Location Sagar District, Madhya Pradesh, Central India (STD Code: 07582)
Geographical Position 79°.5' & 79°.25' East Longitude. 23°.5' & 23°.43' North Latitude
Year of Establishment 1975
Area 1197 sq. km.
Nearest Airport Jabalpur (80kms) & Bhopal (210kms)
Nearest Railway Station Sagar & Damoh (Direct trains from Delhi)
Safari Timing Sunrise to 09:30hrs & 16:00hrs to Sunset
Best time to visit December to May

Introduction
Close to Jabalpur city in Madhya Pradesh, Naoradehi wildlife sanctuary (NWLS) is located at the trijunction of Sagar Damoh and Narsingpur districts. It was unknown to outsiders till its name appreared among list of sanctuaries in India which are selected for Cheetah re-introduction Project in India.

It is the single largest forest block of the area .Naoradehi wildlife sanctuary is a unique protected area where in two major river basins of India are encompassed, namely the Narmada & Ganges. Three-fourth of the wildilfe sanctuary falls in the Yamuna and one fourth of the WLS falls in the Naramada basin. Thus Nauradehi is such a unuque protected area where such a great transitional biodiversity values exist. While traveling from Jabalpur to Sagar one can get the glimpse of this protected area. Road passes through green hilly area with marks of seasons perennials. Nauradehi was one-time tiger heaven but their is no tiger in this protected area still officially it is claimed that tigers are present here.

Wildlife attractions for wildlife enthusiasts that occasionally seen in this sanctuary are: Leopard, Wild dog (Dholes), Nilgai (Blue bull), Sambhar, Indian Wolf, Chital, Chinkara, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Hyena, Crocodile etc. Bird watching in Nauradehi Sanctuary is great as presence of large water bodies allures migratory anf resident avian species. Principal flora of this jungle is Teak, Saja, Dhawda, Bhirra etc. It remains closed for visitors during monsoon season similar to other national parks of Madhya Pradesh.

Location & Access

Nauradehi Sanctuary is spread over an area 1127sq. kms area which lies in tri-junction of Sagar-Damon-Narsingpur districts of Madhya Pradesh State. Sanctuary is located almost in Central of Madhya Pradesh. While traveling from Delhi to Jabalpur via Agra using Bina-Katni line, one can pass through Sagar & Damoh railway stations which are considered to be the nearest railway stations for Nauradehi sanctuary. Similarly Jabalupur railway station on Kolkata-Mumbai rail line is another best option to visit this protected area. Road route connecting Jabalpur to Sagar town via Tendukhed & Rahli passes through the forest area of Nauradehi. It is a rough road with very low human density.

The nearest air-strip is in Sagar town where charter flights can arrive but fully functional for well known nearest airport is Jabalpur Dumna Airport (IATA Code: JLR) at a distance of 95kms and Bhopal Airport (IATA Code: BHO) about 210kms away.

  • About 80 kms from Jabalpur.
  • About 210 kms from Bhopal city
  • About 65 kms from Sagar town.
  • About 60 kms from Damoh town

Jungle Safari
Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary can be visited through 4-wheel drive safari vehicle which are not older than 05 years.

Park Safari
Entry Time
Exit Time
Morning
Sunrise
09:30 Hrs
Evening
16:00 Hrs
Sunset

Flora & Fauna
Noradehi's forest is typical Vindhyan type, dry & mixed deciduous. Floral diversity constitutes Teak, Dhaora, Saja, Bhirra, Amla & Ber. Teak forest dominates the forest area. Rivers like Kopra Bamner & Bearma have their origin in this protected area. In rainy season one can see perennials, Chiola lake and water falls in the forest area. These water bodies are main source of wildlife & human habitation in the area.

Naoradehi sanctuary management has selected Indian Wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) as mono of Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary due to its super predatory nature. Mammals at Nauradehi includes Nilgai (Blue bull), Chinkara (Indian Gazelle), Sambhar, Black Buck, Barking Deer, Common Langur, Rehsus Macaque, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar etc. Carnivores group comprises: Asiatic Lions, Indian Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sloth Bear, Golden Jackals, Indian Mongoose etc. Herbivores group comprises Spotted Deers, Four-horned Antelope, Blackbucks, Chinkara, Wild Boar etc. Carnivores group constitures Tiger, Leopard, Indian Wolf, Hyena, Wild Dogs (Dholes), Grey Fox, Jackal, Common Otter etc. Here Tiger & Leopard sighting is rare but often park management & patrol parties have registered pugmarks of tiger in the forest which indicates towards tiger presence in forest. Reptile species found in Nauradehi includes Monitor Lizard, Fresh Water Crocodiles, Fresh Water Turtles, Terrestrial Tortoises, Snakes.

Bird-watching at Nauradehi
Nauradehi sanctuary have great potential for bird watching. Due to presence of water sources like Kopra Bamner, Bearma, Cheola lake and many more perennials, one can observe great number of birds in this protected area. In an estimate, about more than 80 bird species can be checklisted in Noradehi. During visit to Noradehi forest one may notice the richness of avian poplation. Important bird groups found in this protected area includes: Eagles, Vultures, Storks, Cranes Egrets, Lapwings, Kites, Owls, Kingfishers, Quails, Doves etc. One of the rarest bird: Spotted Grey Creeper (Salpornis spilonotos) is found in this sanctuary. In addition to it birding tour may offer sighting of : Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Open billed Stork, Spotted owl, Barred jungle owlet, Black shouldered kite, Pond Heron, Green Sandpiper, Pied Myna, Wood Sandpiper, Red wattler lapwing, Yellow Wagtail, Purple Sunbird, White breasted kingfisher, Stork billed kingfisher, Black drango, Indian Robin, Long tailed shrike, Black Ibis, Rock pigeon, Peafowl, Egyptial Vulture, White rumped vulture, Grey Francolin, Jungle Babbler, Golden Oriole, Spotted dove, Indian Roller, Sarus crane, Magpie, Paddy field pipit, Common Indian Myna, Crested Serpent Eagle, Common jungle crow, Green bee eater, Greater Coucal and many more.

Climate & Weather
Forest of Nauradehi is dry mixed decidous type. It is located at an altitude of 400-600 MSL. Averange annual rainfall is 1200 mm. Forest is spread over Vindhyan hills in which other national park of Madhya Pradesh like Bandhavgarh & Panna are flourishing. Forest is mixed type with teak as dominating floral species. River Kopra Bamner and Bearma are the life line rivers of this protected area full filling the major water requirement of forest and its wildlife. Below given table offers more climatic information and temperature details of the area in different seasons.

Seasons
Winter
November - February
05�C - 30�C
Summer
March - June
30�C - 48�C
Monsoon
July - October
20�C - 35�C

Where to stay
As Nauradehi sanctuary is less publicized or advertised, less known and less visited by wildlife lovers, we would not find any professional luxury or budg safari lodges & resorts as available in other national parks of Madhya Pradesh like Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Panna etc. Still for accommodation purpose one canstay in 05 Double Suits & o4 Double Barracks at Mohli close to park entrance. It is managed by forest department. To know more about reservation and other assistance one may consult:
DFO, Nauradehi (WL) Division, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh
Phone: +91 7582 236867.

Nauradehi Excursions
Places to visit near by Nauradehi sanctuary are :

Eran: It is an ancient Indian historical city. As per ancient coins and inscriptions it was called "Airikina" in Gupta empire. As per Sanchi inscriptions, resodents of Eran had offered gifts to Sanchi Stupa. Eran has revealed several archaeological relics and Gupta inscriptions.Their are number of Lord Vishnu shrines, fort remains, Varah statue etc. Its name was derived from a local grass called "Eraka" botanical name is Typha elephantine.

Gauridant Hillock: Close to Baroda village in Rahli Sagar road, it is a place of geological importance.

Rangir: It is a religious place about 11kms from Rehli having relation with Ravana character of great hindu epic "Ramayana". Harsiddi Temple is the major attraction. It was also a place where Chatrasak Bundela had conflict with Khaliq, the Mugal military general. One can enjoy trekking & swimming in Dehar river at 2kms from Rangir.

Tikitoria: It is another attraction around Nauradehi Sanctuary. Here one can visit Harsiddi Maa shrine about 05kms from Rehli on Rehli Mohali Road. Hillock offers great scenic view Naoradehi Sancutary.

Cheetah re-introduction Project
Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary is recently under spotlight due to listing of its name among sanctuaries-list recommended for Cheetah introduction in India. Indian Environment Ministry is working on mighty project of re-introduction of Cheetah in India. At present their is no Cheetah in India. Till year 1947, Asiatic Cheetah are member of Indian Wildlife and last Cheetah was shot in Sarguja District. It was in Madhya Pradesh State till year 2000 and is now part of Chattisgarh State. Wildlife Sanctuaries of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states were find suitable by wildlife for Cheetah re-wilding project. Madhya Pradesh State government has given consent for Cheetah introduction in Kuno Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary. Cheetah will be taken from Africa through ship and are likely to land in India in winters of year 2011. First they will be introudced in Kuno Palpur Sanctuary and later will be introuduced in to Noradehi forest. Asiatic Cheetah are on the edge of extinction. Few Asiatic Cheetah are struggling for survival in few areas of Iran.





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