Tadoba Tiger Reserve

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Jungle Lore offers a 2 nights and 3 days stay in Tadoba for its guests. The bamboo forests of Maharashtra are the one of the best habitats for the majestic tiger. Our team of experienced naturalists and drivers make sure that your jungle experience is an unforgettable one.The itinerary includes accommodation in a very hospitable resort, sumptuous food, 4 jungle safaris and surface transfer from Nagpur. 

Travel Dates  : 30th Sept to 3rd Oct 2017

ITINERARY


DAY 1 - Arrival at Nagpur Tranfer to Tadoba and First Safari

As we arrive at Nagpur early morning, a three hours drive takes us to Tadoba National Park. We transfer to the serene resort upon arrival. Lunch is served at the resort, post which we head for our first jungle safari to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and experience the majestic wildlife.

Dinner and overnight stay at Resort .

DAY 2 - Jungle Safari

The day starts early as we leave for a morning jungle safari. Upon return, breakfast is served. Post some leisure time, and after lunch at the resort, we leave for another exciting jungle safari.

Overnight stay at the resort.

DAY 3 - Post morning safari, leave for Nagpur.

Leave for early morning jungle safari. Depart for Nagpur post lunch. Take the evening flight back to Mumbai.

Please note: People can also travel by train. The plan gets altered with 2 additional nights in the train.

 

Resort Stay : 

Jharna Jungle Lodge : Visit Website 

Jharana Jungle Lodge located near Navegaon Gate of Tadoba National Park offers a peaceful accommodation that is surrounded by unspoiled jungle with exotic and unmatched fauna and flora.

TRIP COST
Rs 23,000 + 6% Tax Per person

 Cost Includes:

  • 2 nights 3 days stay in luxury Resort.
  • All meals, 4 Jungle safaris with experts.
  • Surface transfers in AC SUV (Tavera/Innova or the likes) from Nagpur.
  • Does not include Rail or Air Fare.

The Cost Does Not Includes

  • Cost for supplementary services.
  • Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums.
  • Cost for service provided on a personal request.
  • Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.
  • Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.
  • Difference in cost arising due to change in Taxes by the Government which will have to be collected directly ON ARRIVAL.
  • Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of any cancellation by you, the initial deposit amount paid, shall stand forfeited and further cancellation shall be levied as per the following terms:

- 6 weeks before date of departure: 20% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 4 to 6 weeks before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 to 4 weeks before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 weeks before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges (Will be considered as no show).

TADOBA

Tadoba - Andhari  Tiger reserve is a pristine and a unique eco-system located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.The reserve contains some of the best forest tracts and has emerged as a wonderful habitat for the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also one of the 28 pPoject Tiger Reserves. With almost 50 tigers on the reserve and an area of 632 sq. km.; this bamboo forest is rightly referred to as "The Jewel of Vidharba".

The name 'Tadoba' is the name of the God 'Tadoba' or "Taru", worshipped  by the tribals and  is famed to live in the dense forests of Tadoba and Andhari region. Tadoba’s  southern tropical dry deciduous forest of Deccan Peninsula comprises of teak forests with bamboo thicket, which are  wildlifer's dream. It lies in Chandrapur Ddstrict and is Maharashtra's oldest National Park created in 1955. The National Park is 623  sq. kms in area, consisting of two forested rectangles of the Tadoba and Andhari range. The best thing about the park is that it remains open all round the year, even in the monsoons.

PARK LANDSCAPE

The terrain is undulating with panoramic views of hills, lakes and meadows. The Tadoba lake is situated more or less in the middle of the park.  It is sometimes also referred to as the "Heart of Tadoba". The National Park is 623 sq. kms in area, consisting of two forested rectangles of the Tadoba and Andhari range. Thickly clad hills form the north and western boundary of the Tiger Reserve. To the southwest is a huge lake, which acts as buffer in between the Park Forest and the extensive farmland extending right up to the Irai Lake. Tadoba Tiger Reserve is an undisturbed forest as it is not visited by many tourists.

WEATHER

Winters stretch from November to February.  Day temperatures range between 25°-30°C and the park is pleasantly green. Summers are hot in Tadoba, with day temperatures rising sometimes to 47°C. However, it is the ideal time to view mammals near water sources, as vegetation is also scarce, enhancing visibility. The monsoon breaks in June with rainfall of about 1,275 mm. and humidity at about 66 per cent.

Flora-and-Fauna-of-Tadoba

Tadoba is the oldest National Park of the state of Maharashtra.  The rich deciduous forest mainly consists of bamboo & teak. The other trees are gardenia, satinwood, mahua and jamun. The other trees which are found within the protected area are, ain, arjun, behada, bija, bhera, bor, bel, chichwa, dhawada, kusum, mowai, phetra, rohan, salai, semal, shisham, sisoo, shivan, surya, sirus, tendu, etc.

Other than the tiger, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is home to rare Indian wildlife like leopards, sloth bears, gaur, wild dogs, hyenas, civets, jungle cats and many species of the Indian deer like sambar, cheetal, nilgai, and the barking deer.

The Tadoba lake sustains the marsh crocodile, which were once common all over Maharashtra. Tadoba is also an ornithologist's paradise with a varied diversity of aquatic bird-life, and raptors.

195 species of birds have been recorded, including three endangered varieties. The grey headed fishing Eagle ichthyophaga icthyaetus and the crested serpent eagle amd the spilornis cheela are some of the raptors.

Other interesting species include the crested tree swift hemiprocne longipennis, stone curlew burhinus oedicnemus, honey buzzard pernis ptilorhyncus, paradise fycatcher terpsiphone paradisi, bronze winged jacana metopidius indicus and the lesser goldenbacked woodpecker dinopium benghalense. Warblers and the Bbacknaped blueflycatcher exist here and the call of the peacock pavo cristatus may often be heard. The reserve also shelters over 70 species of spiders and butterflies.

In-and Around-Tadoba

Tadoba Lake

The road around the Tadoba lake provides for good wildlife viewing. Chitals are commonly seen in the grasslands, around the lake and near the tourist complex. Gaurs also exist in large numbers near the lake. Large populations of marsh crocodile reside in the lake, but they can also be seen sunning themselves on forest path, near the lake. Good activity around the lake ensures presence of carnivores.

The sloth bear prefers hilly terrain, and you may often see them behind the tourist complex or near Vasant Bhandara. Lairs of the bear, leopard and tiger may be seen en route from the reception center to Vasant Bhandara. The sloth bear is also found in the heart of the forests at Katezari, which now forms part of the core forest. Dhole is seen ubiquitously throughout the reserve. Hyenas are not as common, but you may occasionally be surprised by one of them near thickets. The black- naped hare is commonly encountered along a route called Sasa road. ('Sasa' is for 'hare' in  the Marathi language).

Bhadravati Temple

Bhadravati  -  near the  city of Chandrapur - is an ancient temple, situated at the heart of the city. Devotees  throng the temple throughout the year.

Vijasan Hills

Vijasan Hills is the place where you will find several Buddha Temples which capture the imagination of many a visitor.

Conservation History of Tadoba

The Gond kings once ruled these forests in the vicinity of the Chimur hills, in the Chandrapur district. Hunting was completely banned in 1935. Two decades later, in 1955, 116.54 sq.km. was declared as Tadoba National Park under the Madhya Pradesh National Park Act. The area was ceded to the state of Maharashtra in 1956. In 1986, an area of 509 sq. km. adjacent to the reserve was notified as the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. The two sanctuaries were subsequently integrated and in 1993, and it became a Project Tiger Reserve.

Tales-of-tadoba

The name Tadoba according to one legend, is traced back to a Gond King, named Taru, who was killed by a Tiger. Since the tribals  worshiped the King, they erected a shrine in his memory. The shrine situated under a large tree on the shores of Lake Tadoba is still visited by local tribals during their annual fair held between  Decemberand January.Clay artifacts of animals exhibited near the idols represent adivasi art and have not changed over the years.

Among the local Gond tribes, the mahua tree (Madhuca indica), represents life and is also known as the tree of life. It is said that in tribal families, when a child is born the nectar of the mahua flower is touched to its mouth even before mother's milk, and a promise is made by the parents that the child will look after the tree and all the surrounding forest, till his/her death. The creamy white flowers are full of sweet juices and are a feast for animals ranging from cheetal, sambar, sloth bears,wild boars and langurs. After digestion the flower generates alcohol and in the months of April, it is common to find zapped sloth bears sleeping peacefully out in the open. Normally, sloth bears sleep most of the day on rocky hills, in caves and crevices. The tribes also value the fruit for it's nutritive value and dry store it for consumption throughout the year.

The Gond kings once ruled these forests in the vicinity of the Chimur hills in Chandrapur district. Hunting was completely banned in 1935. Two decades later, in 1955, 116.54 sq.km. was declared as Tadoba National Park under the Madhya Pradesh National Park Act. The area was ceded to the state of Maharashtra in 1956. In 1986, an area of 509 sq. km. adjacent to the reserve was notified as the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. The two sanctuaries were subsequently integrated and in 1993, and it became a Project Tiger Reserve.

The local population comprises mainly Gond tribes who speak Marathi and Gondi. The tribes use the forest for several natural products. In these families, a newborn child is fed the nectar of the Mahua flower even before mother's milk to symbolize that the child and the tree will support each other all their lives. The adivasis also sprinkle the sacred water of the Tadoba lake on their crops during the rainy season, in the belief that it would protect their crops from pests.

 

 

 

Quick Info

Trip Cost :

Rs 23,000 + 6% Tax Per person

Weather Link For Tadoba

Travel Dates : 30th Sept to 3rd Oct 2017

Trip Leader

Kaustubh Upadhye

Resort Link :

Jharna Jungle Lodge : Visit Website 

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