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Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra Tour Packages

August 27, 2017

Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra 

Tucked away in the Satpura Hill Range and enclosed by the Tapti River, Melghat Tiger Reserve with its diverse fauna is a wildlife enthusiast's fantasy land

State: Maharashtra
Distance: 637 km NE of Mumbai 
When to go: Open from October to June but safaris only from December to June. Summer is when chances of animal sightings are high. Winter is more comfortable, but animal sighting is difficult, except for birds

Getting there
Rail: Nearest railhead is Badnera (110 km/3 hrs). 
Road: NH3 to Nashik via Igatpuri; NH6 till the exit to MSH8 ahead of Bhusawal, MSH8, 203 and 204 onto the reserve

Melghat was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1974, and was one of the first nine reserves that were notified under Project Tiger India’s foremost wildlife conservation project put in place in 1972 to protect the Bengal Tiger. Melghat means ‘a confluence of the Ghats’ and the area’s rugged topography is characterised by steep cliffs and rocky ravines, providing the reserve natural protection from encroachers. The reserve extends across 1,677 sq km. The core area, the Gugarnal National Park, has an extent of 361.28 sq km, and the buffer area of the reserve, the Melghat Tiger Sanctuary, spans approximately 788.28 sq km. Eco-development activities have been taken up consistently by the state and various organisations, resulting in an increase in the tiger population. 

River Tapi marks Melghat’s northern boundary. Five tributaries from the Melghat region drain into the Tapi: Khandu, Khapara, Sipna, Gadga and Dola. Two state highways Paratwada to Burhanpur and Akot to Harisal Ñ pass through the reserve. It stretches from Rangubeli and Hatru to the north, to Jarida and Chunkhadi to the east, Kolkas, Tarubanda and Dhakna to the west, and Dhargad and Gullarghat to the south. Semadoh is the entry point if you are coming via the Paratwada-Dharni State Highway. If youÕre travelling from Madhya Pradesh, the entry point is Harisal, located 25 km from Semadoh.

 The reserve area has been divided into three different zones. The safari begins from Semadoh, which has a Tourist Complex. It houses the Nature Interpretation Complex, a centre for information, and has accommodation facilities. It is the starting point for jungle safaris and trekking arrangements as well as elephant rides can also be organised here.

Things to See and Do
Jeep safaris are conducted only from December till the beginning of the monsoon. You can travel on the safari trail by the mini-buses arranged by the Forest Department or by your own vehicle. The jeep safari starts from Semadoh; there are two safaris a day and the timings usually depend on the bookings made. The first usually starts at 6.00am and the evening safari begins at 4.00pm. The safari starts only after the jeep is full. The other alternative is to pay the cost of the entire jeep. If you travel in a private vehicle, you’ll have to take a forest guide along. There are many trekking routes along the Sipna river with plenty of scope for birdwatching. Most of the reserve is flat land with very few climbs. Therefore, Melghat lends itself easily to treks.

Where to Eat
Food is available at the Semadoh Guest House, although non-vegetarian food and alcohol aren’t allowed. The chef’s repertoire is limited, so you will have to subsist on plain vegetarian food. You might want to carry snacks with you. The Semadoh Complex has a canteen that serves simple vegetarian fare.

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