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Gondia Tourist Places

Gondia is called as rice bowl of Maharashtra for abundant cultivation of rice and large number of rice mills in the district. The city was ruled by the Gond rulers for a long period of time and known for its rich Gondal culture. Gondia is blessed with many lakes, dense forestry and many ancient sites. The district is on the border of Madhya Pradesh and also known as eastern gateway of Maharashtra. Tourist Places of Gondia are Kachargadh Caves, Darekasa Caves, Dakram Sukdi, Chulbandh Dam, Tibetan Camp and Padampur. The wildlife attractions of Gondia are Nagzira Wild Life Sanctuary, Navegaon National Park, and Pench National Park. Many ancient sites are found in Gondia such as Nagra Shiv Temple, Pratap Shiv Temple, Shenda Shiv temple.

Tourist Places in Gondia

Chulbandh Dam

Located with 25 km from Gondia, Chulbandh dam is on Chulbandh River in Goregaon Taluka. The water reservoir in green and serene environment attracts many visitors for relaxation.

Darekasa Caves

Darekasa Caves are located in Chandsuraj hills of Darekasa village with 62 km from Gondia. These are group of natural and manmade caves formed in single rock. The stone carving in the caves shows the marks of the habitant of the Gonds depicting their ancient cave culture.

Itiadoh Dam

Itiadoh Dam comes under Morgaon Arjuni Tehsil within 85 km from Gondia and source of water for rice irrigation for Gondia, Bhandara and Gadchirolli district. The dam is built on the Gadvi River in 1970. The natural scenary and pleasing environment around the dam makes it ideal place for one day picnic. The dam is alos known for Katla fish and prawns cultivation. The Norgying Tibetan Centre is located nearby and popular for Tibetan Carpet weaving centre. Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is another attraction around the dam and located within 70 km from dam.

Dakram Sukdi

Dakram Sukdi is famous religious place in Tirora tehsil which is 40 km from Gondia. The Chakradhar Swami Temple is visited by many devotees especially Mahanubhav Panth followers. Chitra Mela (fair) held in the month of April draws thousands of visitors.

Kachargadh Caves

Kachargadh Caves are in Salekasa tehsil with 55 km from Gondia. These are natural caves are said to be 25000 years old and 180x110x55 feet in size. The archaeologist has found weapons of that era. This is also worship place for local tribes and ideal for nature trails/treks.

Padampur

Padampur is a village in the tehsil of Amgaon which is 30 km from Gondia. Padampur is known for the birth place of Sanskrit Litterateur who written famous Sanskrit drama Malti Madhav, Mahavir Charita and Uttar Ram Charita. Many ancient sculptures are found around this village.

Tibetan Camp, Gothangaon

Tibetan Camp is the camp for settlement area for Tibetans in Gothangaon village which is 60 km from Gondia. The Buddhist temple and other Tibetans structures are main attractions of this place.

Wildlife and Nature Trails in Gondia

Nagzira Wild Life Sanctuary, Gondia

Nagzira Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the better maintained sanctuaries of the state and has watch towers and cabins for the tourists. The sanctuary has 34 species of mammals, 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles and four species of amphibians. Wild animals to spot are the tiger, panther, bison, sambar, nilgai, chital, wild boar, sloth bear and wild dog. Nearby attractions around the sanctuary are famous Hajra falls and Nagra Shiv temple.

Navegaon National Park, Gondia

The park spread over an area of 133.78 Sq. Km. and is known for many rare species of birds and animals. Better known for Bird Sanctuary, the Navegaon National Park has 209 species of birds, 9 species of reptiles and 26 species of mammals which includes Tiger, Panther, Jungle cat, Small India Civet, Palm Cavet, Wolf and Jackal. Every year, the forest area is flooded with different species of birds, mostly of the foreign origin. A special Interpretation centre, small museum and library facilities have also been developed inside the park.

Pench National Park, Gondia

Pench Tiger Reserve comprises of Pench river (from which derived its name), the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and surrounding area. The national park has been an inspiration for writers like Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book. The park is habitant to 33 species of mammals, 164 species of birds, 50 species of fish, 10 species of amphibians, 30 species of reptiles, and a wide variety of insect life. Though it is declared as Tiger Reserve Park, it is home to other wild life species like sambhar, chital, barking deer, nilgai, black buck, gaur, wild boar, chausingha, sloth bears, wild dogs, langurs, monkeys, mouse deer, black-naped hares, jackals, foxes, hyenas, porcupines, and flying squirrels. The park has variety of species of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and insect life.

Trekking and Monsoon Spots in Gondia

Hajra Fall

Hajra Fall is located in Salekasa Taluka with 50 km from Gondia. Surrounded by dense green forest, the fall offers splendid view. The fall can be viewed from the running train between Gondia and Dongargarh railway stations on Mumbai-Howrah main line.

Pilgrimages / Religious Places in Gondia

Nagra Shiv Temple

Located 5 km from Gondia, Nagra Shiv Temple is dated back to 15th century and built in Hemadpanthi style. The word Nagra has been derived from Lord Nagraj. The outstanding structure of the temple is the specimen of brilliant architecture of ancient time. The temple has 16 pillars which are without any joint. It also believed that there is ground house under the temple. Main temple is with Shiva Linga and temple complex also houses other temples such as Devi Temple, Hanuman temple. Large fair held on occasion of Shivratri in the month of March/April.

Suryadeo Temple and Mando Devi Temple

Suryadeo Temple and Mando Devi Temple are in Goregaon Taluka, 25 km from Gondia. Mando Devi temple is located on hillocks and it is believed to be reincarnation of Goddess. Thousands of devotees visit the temple during Navratri in the month of September/October. Suryadeo temple is located on nearby hillocks and dedicated to Sun God.

Pratap Shiv Temple, Morgaon Arjuni

Shiva Temple is located on the hills on the outskirt Arjuni Morgaon. Shivratri is major festival of the temple in the month of March.

Shenda Shiv Temple

Shenda Shiv Temple is 1500 year old Shiva temple of Wakatak Dynasty. The temple is built with bricks and the Shiva lingam is carved out of granite stone. The temple is found by Eastern Vidarbha archaeologist Dr Manohar Naranje in 2012 with the help of locals. The Shiva linga in the temple of is 52cm in height and is situated on a platform of 34 cm length and 34 cm breadth. There are also ancient structures found around the temple.

Nearby Places

Nagpur Tourist Places (165 km from Gondia)

Other Important Tourist Information about Gondia

How to Reach Gondia:

Nearest airport is at Nagpur with 125 km. The nearest railway station is Gondia Junction. Gondia is well connected by bus transport to other cities.

Best Time to Visit Gondia: October to February

Gondia District Website: http://gondia.nic.in/

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