Turist Places in Amravati Division

Rajmata Jijau Birthplace, Sindkhed Raja

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Statue of Rajmata Jijau, Sindkhed Raja

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Rajmata Jijau, Birthplace, Sindkhed Raja ................ Palace Rajmata Jijau, Sindkhed Raja

Jijamata, (Rajmata Jijau) was born on 12 January in 1598, at Sindhkhedra in Buldhana district. Rajmata Jijau was the Matoshree of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Hinduvi empire.Today this place is not only a historical place but also a tourist destination. Jijau Maa Saheb was born on 12 January 1598 in the Bhuikot palace. The Rajwada, which has an impressive grand entrance, is situated near the Mumbai-Nagpur highway in Sindhkhed Raja. There is also a garden built in the same area of municipality. Here is the place of worship of Lakhujirao Jadhav. This magnificent thing is bigger than the whole Hindu Rashtra Samadhi of India. The place where Jijau played the color is the palace of the palace. In this Mahal, the marriage of ShahajiRaje and Jijau was discussed. Here is the ancient temple of Nilkanteshwar, the inscription inscribed by the King Lakhujirao Jadhav for the revival of the temple. In front of this temple there is a massive bar arranged by stairs to the bottom of the square. The Hemadpanthi Rameshwar Temple is in the 8th to the 10th century. A beautiful example of the formation of the great forts during the tenure of Rajerao Jagadevrao Jadhav was that of Kalkoth. The timeless walls of this superb and strong, are 20 feet wide and the same height. In addition to this, there is a 40-foot-tall walled fort called Sachkarwada, which can be seen on an intersection, there are internal roads, well inside, wells, sub-basement and subway. So the entrance of this object is also very beautiful. Moti lake is a very good way of releasing water for irrigation and a very good example of water irrigation. The front part of this lake is built like a fort, and the area of excavation is beneficial. Besides Chaitanya, the awning lake is also a tourist attraction. A three-storey building has been built in the middle of the pond. This is a statue built in a very streamlined manner.This means that the sculpture made by the use of numerous idols and sculptures together Also, there is a bhajnabai well, in those days, water was supplied through the well drained canals, and there is also a stairway to reach the bottom.

How to Reach:

By Air

Nearest Airport is Aurangabad which is 92 km away.

By Train

Nearest Railway Stations are Jalna (33 km) and Aurangabad (96 km).

By Road

Regular State Transport Buses are available from any Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation Bus Stand.

Anand Sagar, Shegaon


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Shegaon and surrounding area has shortage of water and hence Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan, Shegaon felt the need of a lake with ample of water in Shegaon which would help to solve the scarcity of water. With this aim Shree Sansthan created the artificial lake in Shegaon by lifting water from Man River (9 Km away from Shegaon) into the lake of Anand Sagar. But the mothly expenditure Rs. 50 Lakh for this purpose caused financial burden on Sansthan. Even then, the Sansthan carried out the project of Anand Sagar Lake, in order to increase the water table in surrouding areas of Shegaon. Not only this, the Shree Sansthan decided to develop this lake and its surrounding area with unique combination of spirituality and Amusement park for devotees with nominal donation. And the revenue from it would help to deal with water problem. With this noble vision and objective Shree Sansthan’s most innovative project- Anand Sagar came into exbtance with Shree’s blessings.

How to Reach:

By Air

Nearest Airport is Nagpur which is 292 km away.

By Train

Shegaon Railway station is located on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line of the Central Railway of Indian Railways. It has direct train connectivity to Mumbai CST, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Secunderabad, Pune, Tatanagar, Ahmedabad, Okha, Kolhapur, Amravati, Wardha, Nagpur, Gondia, Bilaspur, Howrah-Kolkata, Shalimar-Kolkata, Chandrapur, Chennai Central. From Mumbai several trains halt at Shegaon. Prominent being Gitanjali Express, Vidarbha Express, Amravati Superfast Express, Mumbai Howrah mail and express, Sewagram express, Nagpur-Pune express, Navjivan Express, Gondwana Express, Maharashtra Express, Okha-Puri Express and Ltt - Shalimar Exp etc.

By Road

Regular State Transport Buses are available from any Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation Bus Stand.

Lonar Crater


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Lonar lake is a lake of lagoon in Buldhana district of Maharashtra state. It was created due to a meteorite. It is the only major hoverback in the basalt rock. Its water is alkaline. Lonar Lake has been declared as Wildlife Sanctuary for the conservation and conservation of Lonar lake. There are temples around 1250 years ago. Of these, 15 temples are in reversal. The formation of the lake is believed to have been 52,000 ± 6,000 years ago. But in a research paper published in 2010, the age of the lake is estimated at 570,000 ± 47,000 years.Organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, United States Geographic Survey in America and the Geological Society of India, Physical Research Laboratory of India have done a lot of research on this lake.

How to Reach:

By Air

The airport at Aurangabad is 140 kms away.

By Train

The nearest railway stations are Partur and Jalna.

By Road

Regular state transport buses are available from the bus station of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation.

Narnala Fort


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Narnala, also known as “Shahnur Fort”, is a hill fortress in Maharashtra, India, named after the Rajput Ruler Narnala Singh. The name Narnala was given after the Rajput Ruler Narnal Singh or Narnal Swami. The fort was built in 10 A.D. by Gond Kings. In 15th Century Mughals have occupied and rebuild the fort and hence it has been called Shahnoor Fort. Narnala was one of the thirteen sarkar of Berar Subah. Narnala consists of three small forts named Zafarabad fort (or Jafarabad) on the east, Narnala in the centre and Teliagarh on the west.

Location

It is a historical place since the Khilji Dynasty, and it was one of the Sarkar Subah Berar in the medieval period. The fort is known for the great Muslim saint Hazrat Burhanuddin “BAGH SAWAR WALI” and it is said that many white tigers were seen with the hazrat at that time. ADLI BEG or ATALU BEG erected many Arabic Scripts and the “TUP” named “KADAK BIJLI”. It is also the birthplace of Aurangzeb’s great grand son. Sardar Beg Mirza and Qader Beg Mirza were the hereditary descendant of Mughal Dynasty in the 18th century.They to stay near Argaon 9 km away from Hiwarkhed because Shah Beg Subedar of Berar was holding the fort. It is located in the Akot Taluka,Akola District, Berar (also called Amravati Division)at coordinates of 21o 15′ N and 77o 4′ E. The closest city is Akot which is 18 km away. It is at the southern most tip of the Satpura Hills at an elevation of 3161 feet(912 m) above sea level.[1]Currently, this area falls within the Melghat Tiger Reserve.

How to Reach:

By Road

Bus service National Highway 6 passes through the middle of Akola to Kolkata. National Highway 6 is a part of Asia Raj Marg 46. Maharashtra State Transport Board connects many rural villages in Akola district. The Maharashtra State Transport Board and the private transport services buses connect Akola to other major cities, connecting these cities to Nagpur, Amravati, Nashik, Pune, Nanded, Hyderabad, Mumbai. Akola - Akot - 45 Km Akot - Naranla - 22 Km

Tipeshwar wild life sanctuary


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Tipeshwar wild life sanctuary Location- The sanctuary is situated at Pandarkawada Tehsil, in the district of Yavatmal, Maharashtra. Know Tipeshwar Sanctuary – The sanctuary covers an area of around 148.63sq.kms and abounds in vegetation cover. There are various villages located around the sanctuary and thus people depend on the forest for firewood, timber etc. The place is quite hilly and undulated and thus has different types of vegetation cover that varies with the altitude. Fauna- The place shelters a wide array of animals that include Hyena, Chital, Black buck, Sambar, Jackal, Wild boar, Peacock, Monkey, Blue bull, Wild cat, Bear and many more. Best Season- April-May.

How to Reach:

By Air

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur (172 K.M. away)

By Train

Adilabad Railways station on South-Central line.

By Road

Pandharkawada to Tipeshwar Sanctuary (35 KM), From Yavatmal (61 K.M. away)

Sahastrakund waterfall


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Sahastrakund waterfall is situated on the boundary of Marathwada and Vidarbha region. One part of waterfall area is covered under Umarkhed Tahsil of District where as other part comes under Kinwat Tahsil of Nanded (Marathwada Region) district. This waterfall is 70 K.M. away from Umarkhed where as 181 K.M. away from district head quarter. Large number of people visits this waterfall in rainy season. Tourists enjoy the water falling from 30-40 feet, small drops spread over entire tourists and sound of water give immense happiness to the visitors. There is a beautiful garden on the bank of waterfall. Various types of butterflies attracts visitors toward them. Large number of Tourists from adjacent Adilabad district in Telangana state visits regularly. Panchmukhi Mahadeo temple is also there to attract pilgrims. Two days holidays in rainy season are sufficient to enjoy this area with various types of birds and wild animals.

How to Reach:

By Air

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is 151 K.M. away from District Head Quarter

By Train

Nearest Railway station is at Nanded on Central line 140 K.M. away.

By Road

From Umarkhed 70 K.M. as well as District Head Quarter is 181 K.M. away

Chikhaldara Hill Station


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The beautiful Chikhaldara hill station is surrounded with several tourist spot. Formerly known as Keechakadara where according to legends Bheema triumphed over Keechaka in a bout and hurled him into the valley, is now known as Chikhaldara located in the Amravati district of Maharashtra where the state ends and Madhya Pradesh begins. Located 1088 metres above sea level, the place is the only coffe producing hill station enriched with a variety of flora and fauna amidst the alluring beauty of nature.

Places to Visit in Chikhaldara

Panchbol Point

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Panchbol Point is a famous tourist spot in Chikhaldara that lies close to the Bir Lake. The main speciality of this point is that when someone shouts here, the sound is reflected back and heard five times. Hence, this place is named as the Five Echo Point or Panchbol Point. This area is mainly a deep valley formed by four mountains, along with waterfalls.

Bhimkund-Kichakdara

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Bhimkund-Kichakdara holds mythological significance that attracts tourists, especially Hindu pilgrims year-round. This is the place, where Bhima killed Kichaka and threw his body into the valley, named Kichakdara. Bhimkund is the place, where Bhima took bath after killing Kichaka. Bhimkund is located 2 km south of the Alladhoh village in Chikhaldara, on the route to Paratwada. It is about 3,500 ft deep and is well-known for the nearby waterfalls and cascades.

Gawaligad Fort

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Gawaligad Fort is situated in the Amravati District, close to Chikhaldara. This fort is around 300 years old and was once controlled by Hindu and Mughal rulers. There are many carved sculptures in this fort that were constructed during the period of Nizams. The 10 cannons in this fort are made from copper, brass and iron. There are two lakes present within the fort, namely Khambtaloa and Bamnitaloa. A Gawali King, who was a descendent of Yadavas of Devagiri, built this fort during the 12th century. The three gates of this fort are known as the Delhi Darwaza, Kichakdara Darwaza and Fatheh Darwaza.

Hariken Point

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Hariken Point is located towards the south of the upper plateau of Chikhaldara. Located close to the Government Garden, Traveller can see the Mozari village, Vairat Hills and Gawaligad Fort from this point.

Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens

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Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens is situated in the upper plateau area of Chikhaldara. This garden is also referred to as the Government Garden or Company Garden. There are some of the rare species of plants and flowers available at this garden. This garden is also famous for the different varieties of rose flowers as well as a toy train with signals and a guard. There is a swimming tank available at this botanical garden, which was provided by the ‘Hanuman Vyam Prasarak Mandal’. Moreover, the area where the Gawali tribe lived in the garden is called as the Pandhari village.

Melghat and Melghat Tiger Projects


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Melghat Tiger Reserve is located on southern offshoot of the Satpura Hill Range in Central India, called Gavilgarh hill in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The high ridge running east-west which has its highest point at Vairat (1178 m. above msl.), forms the southwestern boundary of the Reserve. It is a prime habitat of the tiger. The forest is tropical dry deciduous in nature, dominated by teak Tectona grandis. The Reserve is a catchment area for five major rivers viz. Khandu, Khapra, Sipna, Gadga and Dolar, all of which are tributaries of the river Tapti. The northeastern boundary of the Reserve is marked by the Tapti river. Melghat is the prime biodiversity repository of the state. The sudden slope of Melghat form the part of catchment of river Purna. The three major tributaries originating from Melghat region and draining into river Purna are Chandrabhaga, adnani and wan. Chikhaldara is located on high sudden platau at an altitude of 1100 ms. above MSL. Nature has offered protection to Melghat in the form of a rugged topography with only a few entry points. The Makhala, Chikhaldara, Chiladari, Patulda and Gugamal are the large plateaux amidst rugged terrain. Contiguity of forests in Satpura Hill Range guarantees the long-term conservation potential of the area. Conservation History : Melghat area was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1974. Presently, the total area of the Reserve is around 1677 sq. km. The core area of the Reserve, the Gugarnal National Park with an area of 361.28 sq. km., and buffer area of the Reserve, the Melghat Tiger Sanctuary with an area of 788.28 sq. km. (of which 21.39 sq. km. is non-forest), were together re-notified by the state government in 1994 as Melghat Sanctuary. The remaining area is managed as a ‘multiple use area’. Previously, Melghat Tiger Sanctuary was created in 1985 with an area of 1597.23 sq. km. Gugarnal National Park was carved out of this Sanctuary in 1987. Archaeological Richness : The Gavilgarh fort on the Chikhaldara plateau and Narnala fort abetting southeastern part of Melghat Tiger Reserve add to the aesthetic value of the area. Visitors to these archaeological monuments enjoy the serene forests in the backdrop.

How to Reach:

By Air

Nearest airport is Nagpur which is connected by daily flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Raipur, Indore, Pune, etc.

By Train

For Chikhaldara/Semadoh/Kolkas/ Harisal- Alight at Badnera Junction (10Km) from Amravati on Mumbai – Nagpur – Kolkata route.

By Road

Various destinations of Melghat has to be reached by road as given below: Know where you can go for Jungle Safaris. Semadoh: Nagpur to Amaravati (160 km). Amravati to Paratwada (50 km.). Paratwada to Semadoh (45 km.) Kolkas Situated 13kms further from Semadoh towards Harisal on state highway no. 6 is the famous Kolkas Eco Tourism centre. It has 7 cottages (twin sharing), 2 nos. Forest Rest house rooms, 18 beds dormitory run by the Forest Department. Vairat/Chikhaldara- Vairat Jungle Safari- Along with many scenic points and Gavilgadh fort Chikhaldara has a jungle safari access on the Vairat plateau which is arguably one of the highest points in Central India for any jungle safari. Safaris can be booked online or on spot at the Nature Interpretation Centre based right in the heart of Chikhaldara town. Amravati to Paratwada (50 km.). Paratwada to Chikhaldara (32 km.). Harisal- Harisal village is on Maharashtra State Highway no.6 and is a gateway to jungle safaris from Harisal gate, night safari activities, full day tourism activities, machaan activities and adventure activities. Nagpur to Amaravati (160 km). Amravati to Paratwada (50 km.). Paratwada to Semadoh (45 km.). Semadoh to Harisal (25 km).

Tiger in Melghat

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Culture in Melghat

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Flower in Melghat

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Peoples in Melghat

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Wild Animals

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Accommodation(Hotel/Resort/Dharamsala)

The Kolkas Rest House

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Kolkas Rest House which is based 15 KM deep inside the forest. All these are forest officers guest houses and admission is permitted only with prior permission. Got to know from reliable sources that it’s nearly impossible for 12 people to stay at kolkas. It’s a cottage meant only for about 4 people. There is another VIP guest house at kolkas where a larger group can stay which was apparently constructed for Indira Gandhi.

Semadoh Tourist Complex

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Semadoh Tourist Complex is located in Melghat 160 kms on the Mumbai – Bhimashankar (Jyotirlinga Temple) route via Murbad, this area is known in winter for its Flamingo arrivals. Semadoh Tourist Complex is in the heart of forest surrounded by dense forest and hills.It has 10 rooms with double bad. Also there is bathroom facility with hot and cold water.