Perfect way to relax and let your hair down this vacation is to visit the Umred Karhandla Tiger reserve. Spending some time in the lap of nature will bring out the naturalist in you. The Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of about 180 sq km. It is just about 58km away from Nagpur. The beautiful sanctuary is also connected with Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve forest which is located along Wainganga River. The immense pleasure sought in the realms of nature, will create a lasting impact of the soul. It inhabits a large variety of flora and fauna and attracts a good number of tourists every year. The Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary inhabits a wide array of animal species from tigers to wild dogs. One can also spot the rare animals such as pangolins, honey badger and pangolins.
The large area of the sanctuary is fed by the Wainganga River and also the Gosikhurd dam. It is approximately 80km away from the famous Pencha tiger reserve which is located at the northeastern side of this sanctuary. A 10km long narrow range of hills is situated on the borders of the region. These hills are 600-800m high and enrich the scenic beauty.
The region under the sanctuary is divided into two divisions namely Bhandara division and Nagpur division. These divisions are further divided by the Maru River that joins the Vainganga River later.
The Umred Karhandla sanctuary is in close proximity of Nagpur and Umred city. It has been attracting a large numbers of tourists which has been increasing since past few years. Sights of majestic cats are quite common in the region around the tiger reserve.
The sanctuary serves as great link between the areas of nagzira, tadoba, Bor and Pench. This connection proves helpful tourists visiting the place.
A motor able road of good quality which is about 100km long has been constructed in the sanctuary. It allows the tourists to commute in the area. This road can afford 40 vehicles each day.
20 local people from the nearby village have been trained by the forest department of the state. They have been employed as guides to show the visitors around the forest. Karhandla village is the main entrance to the sanctuary. The local people in the region are very helpful.
After Pench, Umred Karhandla is one of the most visited sanctuaries of our country. Every year a large number of wildlife observers visit the sanctuary and get the most out of their safari trip. Observing the wildlife in the sanctuary is the most exciting adventure of a large population of wildlife enthusiasts.
Although one can visit any season which is convenient to them, other than the monsoon season when the sanctuary is closed for visitors. The best time to visit the Umred Karhandla Sanctuary is from the month of March to the month of June. The climate of Nagpur city remains moderate throughout the year. Also the months after the monsoon season when the sanctuary remains closed, serve as an ideal visiting season.
There are many options of accommodation in the city of Nagpur which is in close proximity of the sanctuary. A variety of options from budget hotels to luxury ones in Nagpur are listed below: Hotel Gomti: The hotel offers all the basic facilities. The staff is good and offers excellent hospitality. The sanctuary is at a close distance from the hotel so one can easily find a mode of transport to reach there in time. Hotel Bluemoon: This hotel with beautiful view from the window is a good accommodation option. Situated at an elegant location, this hotel provides good facilities. The pearl Inn: This hotel cum resort is the best place to stay in Nagpur. The hotel offers good and cheap facilities. The majestic manor: This is a great budget hotel and an excellent option for short stay. Flora Inn hotel: This hotel is a perfect luxury budget hotel.
The long list of wildlife found in the region keeps increasing every year. The varied diversity of animal species include sambars, bisons, wild dogs, nilgais, sloth bears, deer, tigers and leopards. Other animals spotted in the region are Indian small civet, wolves, Indian foxes, Ratels, Jungle cats, jackals and bluebuck. A good population of tigers has been reported in the region of Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary. The increasing number of tigers attracts thousands of visitors every year. The rising tiger population of the sanctuary is the result of flourishing prey population in the region. The sanctuary is a sheer delight for all the bird lovers and bird watchers. 180 species birds that belong to 46 different families are found in the sanctuary region. 10 species of migratory birds and 9 species of endangered birds are also seen here in the sanctuary region. Reptile species are also found near the water source available in the sanctuary. The species include Rat snake, common monitor lizard, russels viper, Indian Cobra, Checkered keel back and Indian rock python. A variety of insect species are also found in the Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary. These species include beetles, ant and butterflies. Moths and butterfly of varied patterns and types can be spotted in the region. The sanctuary also shelters arachnids. An endangered Danaid egg fly which is being protected under wildlife protection act.
The Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary boasts of a wide range of flora diversity. The forests are mainly covered with dry deciduous trees which are part of southern tropical forest. The major part of the forest is a mixture of varied plant species. Teak is predominantly found in the region and covers sixty percent of the forest composition. The rich density of this tree varies from 0.6 to 0.8. Along with teak there are many other plants and trees that form a significant diversity of flora in the sanctuary. These trees and plants include Ain, Tendu, Tiwas, Semal, Mohuwa, Achar, Bhirra, dhaoda, Lendia and many more. These plants add to the aesthetic beauty of the region by imparting them lush greenery. Also they serve as a good source of food for the large population of herbivores who feed themselves through these plants. These animals in turn serve as food to the carnivores residing the sanctuary region.
The charges of the safari trip are quite affordable. For jeep or a car it 50INR and for persons it is 20INR each. A tourist guide is a must requirement as you go out to explore the different species of the region. These guides will charge you another Rs.200. The charges are 25INR for kids. Gypsy charges are 1800 per safari and it is 100INR per vehicle otherwise. These gypsies are available at Karhandla gate of the sanctuary. The forest department allows private vehicles but only 64 vehicles are allowed each day. The Umred Karhandla sanctuary is open at different timings in morning and evening. For morning safari trip the timings are 6:00AM to 8:30AM and the afternoon timings are 2:30PM to 4:30PM. The sanctuary is closed on Mondays. Also the sanctuary is closed in the monsoon season from 1st of July to 15th of October. There are some other spots which you must see as you go to the place. All the nature lovers must look out for the various water bodies that are found in abundance in the region. These water sources exhibit a lovely range of bird species during migration. Tourism route is about 60km long in the Karhandla region and 32 km in the Paoni region. A whole day is less to explore the sanctuary and the region fully but the safari trip should be at least four to five hours long. Although tickets are available at the entry gate of the Umred Karhandla sanctuary but reach half an hour early to get a tourist guide. One cannot afford to miss the safari trip as the rare sights of tigers and leopards can make your day in the sanctuary. Take your camera along and capture the picturesque views. The chirping and whistling sounds of the birds and fresh air gives you a rejuvenating feeling. One can stay with these refreshing memories for many days even after going from the sanctuary. Planning must be done well in time. Smoking is not allowed inside the sanctuary area.
Commutation is quite convenient. All modes of transport including bus, train and plane are affordable and one can easily reach the sanctuary in time.
Air: The nearest airport to the Umred Karhandla sanctuary is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at Nagpur. It will take about one to one and a half hour by taxi to reach the sanctuary from here.
Rail: The nearest railway station is also at Nagpur which is about 58km.
Road: Umred is the nearest bus station in the area. Many buses take the route of the sanctuary and will drop you just in front of the entry gate of the sanctuary.