Location : Navegoan, Vidarbha region (Maharashtra)
Best Time to Visit : April and May (wildlife), October to June (birds)
Main Attractions : Deer Park, Aviary, Three Landscaped Gardens and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Navegaon National Park is located in the Navegaon area of Maharashtra, at a distance of approximately 150 km from Nagpur city. It is one of the most popular forest reveres of the Vidarbha region of the state and was established in the 18th century. Sprawled over an area of almost 135 sq km, the wildlife park comprises of a deer park, an aviary, 3 landscaped gardens and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
Flowing through the Navegaon Wildlife Park is the beautiful Navegaon Lake that flows with crystal clear water. A series of cascading trails leads one to the lake, which stretches over an area of somewhere around 11 sq km. There is also a watch tower inside the wildlife park, from where you can get awesome views of the entire region. The best time to visit Navegaon National Park is during the months of April and May.
In case you a bird lover, it is better to come here during the period of October to June. During this time, Navegaon Lake is visited by huge flocks of migrating ducks, which seem to wake you up with their loud calls. Infact, the bird sanctuary at the national park is home to more than half of the bird species found in Maharashtra. The vegetation here is mainly of the Southern mixed dry deciduous type, comprising of Teak, Haldu, Jamun, Kawat, Mahua, Ain, Bhel & Bhor trees.
Fauna & Avifauna
Come to the Navegaon Wildlife Park and find almost 60 percent of the bird species found in Maharashtra here itself. You can hope to see Scarlet Minivets, Paradise Fly Catchers, Kingfishers, etc, apart from a wide variety of migratory birds. You can also spot a number of wild animals at the national park, including Tigers, Panthers, Bisons, Sambars, Nilgais, Chitals, Wild boars, Sloth Bears, Wild Dogs, Langoors, etc.