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Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary

Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Wan Wildlife Sanctuary situated in Melghat area. It is a part as well as an extension of the Melghat Tiger Reserve located in the south-east direction. The sanctuary has tropical dry deciduous forests with rich bio-diversity of flora and fauna. Wild boar, panther, sloth bear and sambar are some of the animals that can be spotted in the sanctuary. The flora of the place includes tiwas, dhaoda and many other plants.. A beautiful spot at this place is the Chilka Lake, which is an important tourist attraction. This sanctuary is maintained and managed by the Indian Forest Authorities of Maharashtra. Tourists can reach the destination by taking buses and taxis from the city. Chikhaldara is said to have been discovered in 1823 by a certain Captain Robinson who belonged to the Hyderabad Regiment. Mr. Robinson was enamoured by the greenery surrounding the area that vividly reminded him of England. A little known fact is that a proposal was passed to make Chikhaldara the seat of Indian Government. However, the proposal failed to see the light of the day. Located on a high plateau, Chikhaldara has a very interesting story behind its name. Hindu Mythology claims that the region of Chikhaldara was ruled by King Kichak who was eventually killed by the mighty Bheema the strongest brother amongst the Pandavas, who later threw him into the deep recesses of the valley below. This is how Chikhaldara came to get its name, where Chikhal is a close replication of the word Kichak and Dara means the deep valley. This is also the place where Lord Krishna brought Rukminee.      Book Now



Melghat-Reserve-Forest

Melghat means meeting of the ghat’s which is just what the area is, a large tract of unending hills and ravines scarred by jagged cliffs and steep climbs. The exquisite hill forests, thick undergrowth and moss-covered trees underscore its virgin confines. It lies at the northern extreme of the Amravati District on the border of Madhya Pradesh, in the southwestern Satpura mountain ranges. If its tigers were not so famous, Melghat might best be known as a raptor or eagle sanctuary! It is, in any event, a birdwatchers dream come true. Remember too, that though you may not easily see them, this forest is part of one of Indias most vital tiger breeding habitats. As a whole Melghat encompasses an area of 1,676.93 sq. km. which includes the 788.75 sq. km. Melghat Sanctuary and the 361.28 sq. km. Gugarnal National Park in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra. The rest of the buffer zone includes 526.90 sq. km. of reserve forest. Located in the catchment area of the River Tapti, Melghat, a water harvesting forest, supplies 30 per cent of all the fresh water available to the people living in the vicinity.The summers temperatures can cross 400C. In winter, Melghat is cool with temperatures dropping below 150C! Between 1,000 to 2,250 mm. of rain falls during the monsoons. But the quantum received by different valleys varies because some of these fall in rain shadow belts. December to May is the best season to visit Melghat. In summer, the forests are thin and the visibility good. In winter, it is more difficult to sight animals because of the profusion of reeds, grasses and weeds like lantana but this is when animals are in their prime condition making wildlife viewing a pleasure. When the grass is tall, animals could lie as close as within three meters of forest trails and still remain successfully hidden.      Book Now



Upper-Wardha-Dam

The Upper Wardha Dam is an earthfill straight gravity dam across the Wardha River, a tributary of the Godavari River, near Simhora village in Morshi taluk in Amravati district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The dam provides multipurpose benefits of irrigation, drinking water supply, flood control and hydropower generation. The Upper Wardha Dam is also known as the Nala Damayanti Sagar, named after the famous characters Nala and Damayanti of an epic love story in Hindu mythology, Nala Damayanti. The multipurpose Upper Wardha Dam project is considered the lifeline for Amravati city, and Morshi and Warud Taluka’s. It is an integral component of the Upper Wardha Irrigation Project, which envisages providing water for irrigation, drinking water supply and for industrial use and also flood control. Hydropower generation is planned only when irrigation develops. The Upper Wardha dam in Amravati, Maharashtra is considered to be a lifeline for surrounding cities and towns. But water resources in the state are sliding away from those who need it the most and water meant to irrigate fields is being diverted to coal fired power plants on a massive scale.       Book Now



Wadali-Talao

Wadali Talao, one of the popular reservoirs, is situated on the Chandur Railway Road, towards the east of Amravati. This reservoir supplies fresh and clean water in the city. A zoo and a small garden are other highlighting attractions of this Talao and are popular among children. The talao also offers a relaxing getaway from the city life and is visited by tourists in large number. Wadali Talao (Lake) is one of the two lakes in Amravati City, other lake is called Chatri(Umbrella) Talao(Lake). Both the destinations are frequently visited by locals mostly in summer to chill out. Wadali Talao is famous for the pedal boats and motor boats, mostly controlled by the trained operator. This is the one of the best place to visit in Amravati. Besides the lake, there is small mini forest and beautiful garden for kids to play around. Its a weekend getaway (specially in the evenings) for the whole family. Wadali Talao is another reservoir, built with the purpose of serving clean and fresh water to the locals of Amravati.      Book Now


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