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Tadoba National Park
Tadoba is the oldest national park in Maharashtra. It is compact in size, measuring approximately 120 sq kms. It is located right in the heart of the Maharashtra state, at an altitude of 200m and 100km from Nagpur. It is a pristine eco-system situated in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra. The reserve contains some of the best forest tracks of any national park and has a wonderful diversity of species, rivalling the more well-known tiger reserves in India.
The name Tadoba has derived its name from the local deity ‘Taru’ who was killed in an epic fight with a tiger. He is still worshipped by the local villagers as the deity of Tadoba. The area around Tadoba was once highly populated by the Gond Tribes.
Tadoba has been described as a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, attracting tourists from all over the world. Tadoba is also known as the ‘Jewel of Vidarbha’ for its perfect positioning and highly impressive panoramas.
Tadoba National Park is an area comprised of two forest rectangles of the Tadoba and Andhari Range. Tadoba is one of India’s 28 Project Tiger reserves. Tadoba has around 50 Bengal Tigers along with Leopards, Sloth Bears, Gaur, Wild Dogs (Dhole), Civet and Jungle Cats. It also has a large number of deer, which include the Sambar, Chittal, Nilgai and Barking Deer.
Tadoba also has a lake which is the home to the Marsh or ‘Mugger’ Crocodile - once common all over Maharashtra.
A Selection of Tadoba’s Mammals
Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur or Indian Bison, Rusty Spotted Cat, Ratel, Indian Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Four horned antelope, Wild dog, Flying Squirrel etc.