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Sanjay Dubri National Park

Central India Tourism
INTRODUCTION
Sanjay Dubri National Park is another wildlife paradise located in Kusumi and Majhauli blocks of the Sidhi district of central Indian state Madhya Pradesh. The entire park is consist with Sanjay National Park, covers about 466.7 km2 area, while Dubri is a wildlife life sanctuary covers an area of 370 km2, both covers more than 835 km2 area of the park. The park established in 1975 under wildlife protection act of 1972, geologically features are plain, mounds, hills, steep cliffs, water bodies, valleys, deep gorges, while altitude ranges from 200-500m. This is basically a moist deciduous forest consisting mainly of sal (Shorea robusta). The forest area of Sanjay Dubri is a main wild corridor connecting Bandhavgarh National Park’s wildlife at north and Palamau Tiger Reserve’s wildlife, but still there is strict need to ensure the peaceful transit of wild animals and conservation of connecting forest. Guru Ghasidas National Park, which falls in Chhattisgarh State area, shares its forest with Sanjay National Park on its northern boundary with Madhya Pradesh. Before the bifurcation of Madhya Pradesh the entire area of Guru Ghasidas National Park were unite with Sanjay National park.
HOW TO REACH
The park lies in Sidhi district of Central Indian State, Madhya Pradesh. Sidhi is about 70 km far from the park, which is basically a city of Madhya Pradesh that has a wide connectivity in all means of transport.
Reaching Amarkantak by Air :-
Varanasi airport (VNS) is the nearer one from the park, which is about 275 km from the park; another one is Jabalpur airport (JLR) which is about 340 km far from the park; both airports has direct connectivity with national capital Delhi, while Varanasi is widely connected with more major parts of India.
DISTANCE CHART
LOCATION MAP
From
Distance
(in Kms)
Varanasi 275
Rewa 170
Singrauli Town 50
Bandhavgarh Park 330
Jabalpur 340
   


Reaching Sanjay Dubri National Park by Train/ Railways :-
Rewa railway station 170 km far from the park is the nearest railway station and it is linked within the Jabalpur – Mumbai & Katni - Delhi rail route. One can reach the park via Sidhi, by hiring taxis or car.

Reaching Amarkantka by Bus / Roadways :-
The park has a good connectivity via Sidhi, which is the nearest big town & a district. It is connected with Rewa, Jabalpur, Varanasi & other major towns around.

TOPOGRAPHY
The sanctuary has undulating topography. There are some small hills interspersed with plain areas. Soils are sandy in nature. There are a number of streams passing through the sanctuary; two of them i.e. Umaria and Kodmar are perennial in nature. These two rivers are the main source of water to wild animals. Banas river flowing in the western side of the WLS is an important water source. Bijaur nala flowing in northern side of the sanctuary retains water in some pools even during the summer. The Karjara and Khaini pond retain water throughout the year and are important water source for wild animals.

FLORA
The forest of the sanctuary comprises 80 percent of sal forests and remaining 20 percent mixed miscellaneous forests. Sal (Shorea robusta) is the main species in sal forests. Associated of sal include saja (Terminalia alata), Salai (Boswellia serrata), Mahua (Madhuca indica), bija (Pterocarpus marsupium), Semal (Bombox ceiba), Gurjan (Lannea coromandelica) and Sisham (Dalbergia sissoo). Bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus) occurs in several places. The species of trees occurring in the lower canopy include aonla (Emblica officinalis), achar (Buchanania lanzan), Kari (Cliestanthus collinus), Khair (Acacia catechu), palas (Butea monosperma) and tendu (Diospyros melanoxylon).

FAUNA
The WLS is rich in wildlife. The species, which is recorded in a large number, is the Indian gazelle or chinkara. Nilgai or Blue bull is also abundant. Three kinds of deer, chital, sambar and the Barking deer are found in the WLS. Wild boar is found in large numbers.

Tiger, the most admired wild animal is also found in the WLS. Panthers occur in much larger number. Wild dogs were seen up to 1986 in the sanctuary but these are not seen any more. Hyena being nocturnal and shy in nature is found but rarely seen. Sloth bear is common sight in many localities.Among the primates, rhesus macaque and Hanuman or common langurs are of common occurrence, among other mammals, Indian field mouse, squirrel, porcupine and flying squirrel are seen quite often.

The rivers carry several species of fish. Among reptiles, garden lizard, chameleon, skink, Bengal monitor, etc. are commonly seen. Among snakes, common cobra, common krait, Russell viper, saw scaled viper, rock python and rat snake are of common occurrence.

Avi-fauna of the WLS have not been systematically studied, but the sanctuary provides a good opportunity to the bird watchers. Several species of birds like herons, egrets, white-necked stork, white ibis, whistling teal, kites, eagles, harrier, vultures, partridge, quail, jungle fowl, lapwings, sand pipers, pigeons, doves, parakeets, cuckoo, owls, nightjars, kingfishers, paradise fly catchers, myna, munia, warblers, baya, sun bird, etc. are found in the WLS.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Sanjay Dubri National Park tourist attractions is virgin wildlife. Nice sighting of Sloth bear & leopard is the best attraction of this park. It is linked with Bandhavgarh forest corridor so tigers are present here and often gives hints of their movements. It is good for those who are fedup of crowded national park and like to visit wildlife reserves with peace and calm. Birdwatching at Sanjay Dubari nationa park is good and one can do photography with an ease.

CLIMATE & WEATHER
The area experience tropical climate conditions with basic three main seasons which as winter, summer & monsoon. Winters starts from mid of October and lasts till mid of February, it is recommend that winter can be sever during December to January as mercury dips below 5 °C. Summers starts from mid of March and lasts till mid of June, the temperature within summers can be reach at the higher level of 42 to 43 °C. While the Monsoon brought the Rain in the area from July and showers continues to pour the water till the end of September to October.
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