About Chikhaldara

Chikhaldara is a hill station is situated in Amravati district of Vidarbha region in state of Maharashtra, India.
Chikhaldara is a highland and it is one of cool air locations of Maharashtra. Chikhaldara is situated in cotton growing region. It is considered a Historical place at where, Lord Krishna carried away Rukminee. And this place is known for coffee growing area in Maharashtra.
Chikhaldara is named at the name of king Kichak. He was slayed by Bheema who is one of Pandava brothers in Mahabharata. After killing him, Bheema thrown in deep valley named Dari in Marathi language. Consequently, the name Kichakdara which was changed spelled as Chikhaladara.

Location of Chikhaldara in Maharashtra and India
Chikhaldara Hill Station Coordinates 21.21°N 77.72°E
Chikhaldara Hill Station Country India
Chikhaldara Hill Station State Maharashtra
Chikhaldara Hill Station District(s) Amravati
Chikhaldara Hill Station Population 4718 (2001)
Chikhaldara Hill Station Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Chikhaldara Hill Station Area
• Elevation
• 1,118 m (3,668 ft)

History
Chikhaldara was revealed through Captain Robinson of Hyderabad division in 1823. Englishmen established it mainly attractive as lush green shade of place reminded them of England. There was an offer to create it the seat of Govt of India.

How to Reach
By Road:

Closest bus depot is Amravati 100-km. and Regular State Transport buses fix Chikhaldara to Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Wardha, and other cities of state.
By Rail:
Closest railway station is Bandera at 110-km on Central Railway branch line.
By Air:                                                           
closest airport is Akola 150-km.
Best Time to Visit Chikhaldara Hill Station:
Cool windy climate of Chikhaldara makes it an admirable place to relax in summer. And best time to visit Chikhaldara is from October to June.

Flora & Fauna

The area is rich in wild mammals including Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Dog, Jackal, Hyena, Chausinga, Sambar (largest Deer on earth) Gaur, Barking Deer, Ratel, Flying squirrel, Cheetal (type of Deer), Nilgai, Wild Boar, Langur, Rhesus Monkey, and Macaque. Also found here are 25 types of fishes and many varieties of butterflies.

Crocodiles were re-introduced in a systematic manner in March 1990 and February 1991 in Siddu Kund in Gadga river near Dhakna and Hathikund in the Dolar river in the Gugamal National Park.

The best season for visiting the park is from March to June.

Tourist Attractions

Tourist Attractions in Chikhaldara Hill Station

  • Museums
  • Waterfall
  • Dharkhura
  • Bakadari
  • Muktagiri

Chikhaldara Tourist Points

  • Bhimkund (Kitchakdari)
  • Vairat Devi
  • Sunset Point
  • Bir Dam
  • Panchbol Point
  • Kalapani Dam
  • Mahadev Mandir
  • Semadhoh Tiger Project
  • Hariken Point
  • Mozari Point
  • Prospects Point
  • Devi Point
  • Monkey Point
  • Goraghat
  • Shakkar Lake
  • Malviya and Sunrise Point
  • Government Garden
  • Museums
  • Waterfall
  • Dharkhura
  • Bakadari
  • Muktagiri

Musiams in Chikhaldara Hill Station:There are 2 musiams at the area of Chikhaldara. One of them is at the Maharashtra Forest Ranger’s College, Chikhaldara. Models of plants and wild animals are accessible to see. One of unusual ‘focils’ is available. And another museum is of Tiger Project, for that we have to walk off through the way which is revolving from ‘Yoga Training Center’.
Dharkhura in Chikhaldara Hill Station: Dharkhura is about 10kms away from paratwada. And it has cascade and large waterfall for the period of rainy season. To reach this place the way is very difficult. It has walking distance about 5 kms from the village Chota Barhanpur.
Bakadari and Kalalkund, Chikhaldara Hill Station: It is also a high waterfall. This superb waterfall is recognized as the most superb waterfall in complete area. Kalalkund falls about one km. before Bakadari Waterfall. As we draw near Bakadari the middling divider is flanged through high ridges.

Gugamal National Park

The Gugumal National Park, Amravati, Maharshtra is one of the most well known national parks in the state of Maharashtra. Maharashtra is home to a wide variety of rare animals and birds, including the tiger, crocodile, bison, gawa, neelgai, wild deer, sambar and a host of migratory birds. There are numerous wildlife reserves in the state, which offer wonderful opportunities to watch rich and diverse wildlife amid natural settings.

The Gugamal National Park was built in 1974, and the park spreads over an area of about 1673.93 square kilometers. Located in Chikhaldara and Dharni Tehsils of Amaravati District in the Satpura Hills of Maharshtra, Gugamal is famous as one of the last remaining habitats of the Indian tiger species in Maharashtra.

The Melghat Tiger Reserve, of which the Gugamal National Park, forms the core part, came to be designated as a Sanctuary in 1975, in view of the ecological, floral and faunal significance of the region.

The forest in rugged and hilly area of Melghat is typical Southern dry deciduous forest. There are 750 species of plants in the area. There are 90 tree species, 66 shrub species, 316 herb species, 56 climbers, 23 sedge species and 99 grass species. Approximately 50-75 more species have been identified and several more are expected to identify in the future at the Melghat Tiger Preserve.

Tectona grandis, Ain, Tiwas, Aola, Lendia, Dhawada, Kusum are the important tree species. Bamboo and Teak is widely spread in the forests. The area is rich in medicinal plants.

Melghat Tiger Reserve

Melghat was declared a Tiger Reserve and was among the first nine Tiger Reserve notified in 1973-74 under the Project Tiger. It is located in northern part of Amravati District of Maharashtra State in India. Tapti River and Gawilgadh ridge of Satpura Range forms the boundaries of the reserve.

In 1985 Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary was created.
Gugamal National Park which forms the core area of the Reserve, and has area area of 361.28 sq. km. carved out in 1987.

Facilities

  • Harshawardhan Hotel
  • Satpura Retreat
  • Sunrise Cottage
  • Green Valley Resort
  • Melghat Resort
  • Mtdc Resort
  • Surya Hotel
  • Utkarsha Hotel
  • Utkasha Resort
  • Green Valley Resort
  • Resort Mayura
  • MTDC Holiday Resort Chikhaldara
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