Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary – Wild Park of Gujarat

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Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary - Wild Park of Gujarat

India and its destinations are always special. This is the reason why abroad voyagers are regularly visiting the different places of India. Today we are going to discuss about Jambughoda a well known tourist place of India. Jambughoda is the place of jungle means it’s a spot famous for forest life.

We can say it’s a place where you can see live wild animals but you have to take the permission from forest department before you enter in Safari of the jungle.

The famed Jambughoda wildlife sanctuary is located in Gujarat’s south-central part and has Vadodara as its nearest city at about 70kms from the city. Tourists visiting places like Champaner and Pavagadh should not miss the chance to visit this noteworthy wildlife sanctuary of Gujarat located at a stone’s throw distance from those two tourist spots. The sanctuary falls within Gujarat’s Panchmahal district and sprawls across an area of about 130.38 sq km.

The sanctuary came into being in the month of May of the year 1990. The area of the sanctuary is fed by two major water reservoirs; i.e. Targol and Kada which not only add to the scenic beauty of the place but also make the reasons for the diversity of wildlife habitat in the region.

Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is spread in huge part and small area is covered with Targol Round falls. This magnificent jungle of bamboos, teak and other species is special destination for adventure lovers. There are two water reservoirs famous for tourist. People have to reach Kada and Targol for these reservoirs.

Prior to independence Jambughoda wildlife sanctuary area was under the Jambughoda princely state of Gujarat. The region has an undulating topography and the small hillocks around the region are thickly forested and are dotted with tiny tribal hamlets.

Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary - Wild Park of Gujarat

You can watch Leopard as top predator in this park. The finest part of jungle is strength of Leopard is regularly increasing in this area. Some other common animals available in jungle are sloth bear, blue bull, jackal, wild boar and antelopes.

Countless types of reptiles include poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. Before independence the complete area was under Jambughoda city. Undulating hills and good forest spread in this area makes it special destination for travelers. Some key spots of Jambughoda are Kada, Jhand Hanuman temple and Targol.

Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary - Wild Park of Gujarat

Kada is the most impressive destination of this park having beautiful jungle guest house located closer to irrigation reservoir. Kada comes under the Vadodara region, but the place is added in Jambughoda wildlife sanctuary. This place is ideal spot for local people because of natural beauty spots. It’s an Eco system wildlife place and easily reachable destination for travelers.

Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary - Wild Park of Gujarat

How To Reach Jambughoda:

Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary - Wild Park of Gujarat

By Road: Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is just 70 Km away from Vadodara City. It’s just 20 Km far from Champaner as well. Hire the car if you are planning to visit Champaner, Vadodara and Jambughoda. Shivrajpur is the closest town located at 1 km distance from Jambughoda Park.


By Rail: Shivrajpur railway station is closest train point to reach the destination. Various cites of India are directly connected to Shivrajpur town.


By Air: If you want to reach through air then Vadodara is the closest airport city for Jambughoda.


Best period: Reaching this place in winter is best for travelers. Gujarat is hot state so winter is preferred season to reach here. November to March is good months to attain sanctuary. Do advance bookings of ticket so that you will get the accommodation in rest house of the forest.

ENTRY FEES AND TIMINGS :

Per head entry fee for the park is Rs 50. The park opens in the morning at 6 am and remains open until 7 pm in the evening.
Address: Mota Raska, Zand Hanuman Road, Jambughoda, Panchmahal, Gujarat 391761
Hours: Open Every Days · 6:00am – 7:00pm
Phone: 0265 242 5136

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD :

There are many accommodations in and around the sanctuary area.  TG Stays, The Caravan Serai resort are two of the nearest hotels in the area. The nearest town of Vadodara too has many good hotels with decent facilities. Hotel Royal Orchid Central, Hotel Suba Elite, Hotel Alpha are some of the famed hotels of Vadodara. Vananchal Jungle resort is another accommodation option that you have. By availing the resort stay option, you can stay amid the forest ambiance and enjoy the wildlife from the vicinity. There are many food joints around the area where you can sample authentic Gujarati food such as the ‘Gujarat thali’ and snacks such as gathiya, samosa, dhokla etc.

BEST TIME TO VISIT :

The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is between the winter months spanning between November and March. Strolling comfortably into the sanctuary and getting to spot wildlife most abundantly is an opportunity you get during the winter travel season. Traveling during the summer months can be pretty uncomfortable as summer temperatures remain pretty high in that part of the region.

THINGS TO DO IN JAMBUGHODA :

1.Hiking and camping are two major adventurous activities that can be undertaken by passionate adventure lovers at Jambughoda. The forests within the sanctuary area have some wonderful hiking trails and also there are some wonderful camping sites within the belt. For those who are not very enthusiastic about camping, the option of putting up at a rest house amid the forest ambiance is available. The rest house stands by the idyllic Kada reservoir.

2.Embarking on a tribal tour around the area is one activity you can indulge in. during that tour, you can visit the nearby tribal villages of Bayaka and Bhilala and have the sneak peek into the very authentic tribal culture and way of life. Also, you may visit the tribal fair or heat at Chhota Udaipur in the course of such a tour.

3.You may also set out on a memorable cultural heritage tour of Pavagadh and Champaner; a world heritage site; the two most important historical places of Gujarat lying in close proximity to Jambughoda.

4.Bird watching is one prominent activity you can indulge in at Jambughoda.  Bird watchers can catch a glimpse of nearly 25 to 30 species at a single bird watching tour and it proves to be a delightful experience indeed.

5.Exploring the wildlife at the sanctuary is one major activity you should not miss out on.

TRAVEL TIPS:

You may take into account the following travel tips when you are planning to visit the Jambughoda national park-

  • On your Jambughoda forest tour, you will do best if you hire a well-informed guide along with you.
  • Don’t forget your binoculars and camera. You actually need to capture some memorable wildlife shots worth cherishing all through life.
  • To catch the best glimpse of wildlife you must set out on a tour of the park by the early morning hours.
  • Don’t go astray when you are within the sanctuary campus.
  • When you have plans to stay in the forest resort, advance booking is a must.

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