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Mansinghdeo wildlife sanctuary opens from Friday
TNN | Mar 19, 2014, 06.25 AM IST


NAGPUR: In a big boost for ecotourism, Mansinghdeo wildlife sanctuary's Deolapar range will open for tourists on March 21, the World Forestry Day. Paoni (Khapri) gate of Umred-Karhandla sanctuary will also open on the same day.

Earlier, both the gates of Mansinghdeo - Saleghat on Khapa-Kubala side and Chorbahuli adjoining Pench had already opened for tourists. Field director MS Reddy said 32km of routes will be available both in Paoni and Deolapar. Paoni is around 100km from Nagpur via Umred and Bhiwapur, while Deolapar (Khursapar) gate is around 80km near Pench. Eleven vehicles each will be allowed in morning and evening.

Many tourists visiting MP Pench, who fail to get entry, can now visit Deolapar, which is barely 10-15km from Turia gate. Similarly, those visiting Umred-Karhandla can visit Paoni. Paoni gate will remain closed on Saturdays and Khursapar will be closed on Wednesdays.
 

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Adventure sports at Ramtek in major tourism development plan
Barkha Mathur,TNN | Jun 2, 2014, 01.47 AM IST

NAGPUR: The six districts of Vidarbha region, which now fall under the jurisdiction of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation's (MTDC) Nagpur office, are all set for large scale development of tourism infrastructure. Total Rs 25 crore has been earmarked for Nagpur, Ramtek, Gondia-Bhandara, Chandrapur, Gadhchiroli and Wardha for building infrastructure in the form of civil works that include construction of conference halls, tourist arrival centres, kiosks, budget accommodations, parking, pathways, approach road, musical fountains, compound wall, eateries, yoga huts among other facilities.

Another adventure sports project is being developed at Ramtek (Pipariyapeth). Rs6.98 crore have been sanctioned for buying equipment for gliding and parasailing. "This destination has a historical value too and is surrounded by natural beauty," says Hanumant Hede, regional manager, MTDC at Nagpur, elaborating on plans to develop the area around Rakhi Talab.

"Rs1.13 crore will be spent on landscaping the area around this spot and another Rs80 lakh has been sanctioned for development of an art gallery, shopping centre and information desk," he says.

Giving details of the upcoming development process in rest of the region for promotion of tourism, Hede says, "Since January 2014 the Vidarbha region has been split into two parts with another office set up at Amravati. We have some 10 projects in our region where work is in various stages of completion."

The entire region has been earmarked for promotion of eco-friendly tourism. Development of eco-friendly accommodations at the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is an effort in this direction, says Hede. "The design of the cottages, material used and the furniture are all eco-friendly. The sixteen suites which will be completed by October this year will be powered by solar and wind energy." Hede says Tadoba has emerged as the most popular wildlife tourism destination and MTDC is promoting it at international level.

Considering the popularity of the picturesque village of Ambhor as a picnic spot and also a religious destination, MTDC is constructing 18 suites, 4 budget accommodations, and a restaurant there. "The place sees an influx of tourists who visit the Shri Harinath temple and Ambatitthak Buddha Vihar. The confluence of three rivers here makes it a holy spot too. Once a basic infrastructure is put in place by MTDC related development works will follow," feels Hede.

Similar development works are also in progress at Pauni, Sakoli, Bodalkasa and Navegaon Kheri, said Hede.

ECO-TOURISM

Rs 25 crore earmarked for building tourism infrastructure at Nagpur, Ramtek, Gondia-Bhandara, Chandrapur, Gadhchiroli and Wardha

MTDC will build conference halls, tourist arrival centres, kiosks, budget accommodations, parking, pathways, approach road, musical fountains, compound wall, eateries, yoga huts

Work on 10 projects is in various stages of completion

Entire region has been earmarked for promotion of eco-friendly tourism.
 

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Centre to develop Bhandara, Gondia, Nagpur eco tourism
Barkha Mathur,TNN | Jun 4, 2014, 02.58 AM IST


NAGPUR: In a comprehensive effort to push tourism in the region, the union ministry of tourism has sanctioned Rs 44.32 crore for the development of ecotourism in Bhandara-Gondia-Nagpur area as a 'mega circuit'. The sanction, which came on February 28, 2014, will provide a boost to tourism and give a fillip to villages on the periphery of the thick forest cover in these areas.

"There are plans to set up an ecotourism mega project in areas around Gondia, Bhandara and Nagpur. The process of land acquisition is on," said Hanumant Hede, senior regional manager MTDC, Nagpur.

A region is developed as a mega tourist circuit to create infrastructure that can cater to future tourist inflows and give visitors a satisfying and memorable experience. Financial assistance from the centre is given for development of circuits to world standards, MTDC sources say.

Creation of tourist infrastructure in Bhandara-Gondia-Nagpur area will benefit the entire region, feels Hede. "This region has some pilgrimage centres and this circuit is under thick forest cover. It can be developed as a mega circuit to attract international tourists. Low on facilities, these parts also lack hygiene and safety. The development will ensure that such amenities and useful tourist infrastructure are in place," he adds.

Development will take place at spots like Navegaon Bandh, Pratapgarh, Nagzira, Chandpur and Paoni. These areas were chosen as they are ecologically rich, but lack proper toilets, parking and camping facilities.

"Currently, there is no mechanism to keep a check on tourists who often litter parks and forests. Development of Bhandara-Gondia-Nagpur ecotourism as a mega circuit will help bring some order," says Hede.

Tourists can look forward to living in eco-huts, eco-friendly dormitories and using bio-digester toilets in these thickly-forested areas.

The sanctioned amount will be utilized for creating information and tourist felicitation centres. Informal sitting area will be created at Nagra, popular for the Shiva temple. Nature trails and machans at Nagzeera and Navegaon Bandh will help tourists explore the park, and Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary will help appreciate rich flora and fauna and wild life in these spots.

Washrooms and toilets at Gaimukh, which is a pilgrim centre, and bio-digester toilets and souvenir shops at Chandpur, famous for its Hanuman temple, to assist tourists are also on the cards. Water sports, gazebos, pavilions to provide a panoramic view of Kham Talav, and conference hall and tourist arrival centre have also been planned at Paoni. There are also plans to install a musical fountain at Ramtek.

Measures related to tourist safety in this Naxal region will also be made once all the facilities and infrastructure are in place, MTDC sources say.

Spots to be developed
Nagra: 5km from Gondia; 15th century Shiva temple designed in Hemadpanthi technique

Nagzira: Between Bhandara and Gondia district; has picturesque landscapes, thick vegetation and abundance of wild life

Navegaon Bandh: Adjacent to Nagzira; deer park and Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Pratapgarh: 85km from Gondia, Mahadev temple on a huge hill

Ramtek: 50km from Nagpur, historic Ram temple and a Jain temple

Gaimukh: Located in Bhandara tehsil, a rock that resembles a cow's mouth and brings water to the village through a spring

Chandpur: 120km from Nagpur, Hanuman temple with 8ft tall naturally hewn statue

Rawanwadi: 79km from Nagpur, Bird sanctuary and an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Rama

Paoni: 82km from Nagpur, ancient centre of handloom textiles and Buddha stupas
 

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Can we resurrect this thread and post some photos??!! Has been a long time since I have seen Vidarbha...
 
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