Navegaon National Park
Spread over 135 sq km, Navegaon National Park is situated in Bhandara district about 150 km east of Nagpur in Maharashtra. Navegaon means new village in Marathi. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is also a part of the national park.
Established in 1975, the park also comprises of an aviary, a deer park and three landscaped gardens. The lake in the park is spread over an area of about 11 sq km. Boating on the lake is one of the leisure activities which also provides good views of the animals.
The national park gets its name from the Navegaon Dam. The national park acts a ‘Green lung’ and helps maintain environmental balance. There are about 209 species of birds, 9 species of reptiles and 26 species of mammals including wolves, tigers, jackals, leopard, chital, sloth bear, gaurs, langoors, sambars and panthers.
Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary within the national park is home to more than half of the bird species that are found in entire Maharashtra. Migratory birds flock to the sanctuary every winter and it is a treat to watch the flock of birds.
Navegaon is known mostly for its bird sanctuary but it also has many wild animals. You can go on a jungle safari or hike through the
The forest department runs an interpretation centre, a small museum and a library. The forest department also maintains seven watch cabins and five watch towers which provide vantage points to observe the wildlife and take photographs.
Travel advisory: Navegaon has witnessed Maoist insurgency and it would be advisable to check with the forest guards or locals before venturing into the forest.