Tadoba National Park is located in Chandrapur district in Maharashtra State. It is Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park. It is spread over 116.55 sq km. Tadoba National Park was established in 1955 and it was named after a local god “Taru” or “Tadoba”, who is praised by the tribal people . Taru was a brave village head who was killed in a mythological encounter with a tiger. Tadoba National Park is often referred as ‘Jewel of Vidharba’ and ‘Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve’.
The park was declared a Project Tiger reserve by government in 1993. India is home to 70% of tigers in the world. National Tiger Conservation Authority is responsible to undertake tiger census every three years. According to tiger census 2016, the population of tiger has gone up to 2500 in 2016. It is a huge leap from 2006 when there were only 1,411 tigers left. According to survey there are approximately 146 tigers in Tadoba National Park and it’s surrounding forest. Apart from tigers, TadobaTiger Reserve is home of Indian leopards, Sloth Bears, Gaur, Nilgai, Dhole, Striped Hyena, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cats, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Chital, Chausingha And Marsh Crocodile.
Jungle Safari is prime attraction of Tadoba National Park. Open Gypsy, buses with trained local guides are available for Tourists. Some wildlife safari and tour operators arrange group tours with affordable tour packages. One must also visit Tadoba Lake which is home to around 200 species of birds including three endangered species.
How to get there –
Nearest International Airport – Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur – Approximetely 140 km from Tadoba National Park.
Nearest railway station – Chandrapur – 45 km away from Tadoba National Park.
Nearest main bus stand – Chandrapur and Chimur – 32 km away from Tadoba National Park.