Located in Surguja and Koriya districts of Chhattisgarh, Sanjay National Park is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in central India. Also known as Ghasi Das National Park (in Chhattisgarh), the sanctuary is famous for its rich and diverse flora and fauna and attained the status of a National Park in 1981.
Sanjay National Park covers an area of approximately 2,303 sq km and is well drained by a number of rivers, rivulets and other perennial sources of water, providing enough water supply for the for the wildlife and birds. Sanjay National Park houses a wide variety of wildlife and birds including some of the rare and endangered species and has great potential to emerge as one of the finest wildlife destinations in central India.
The flora in Sanjay National Park chiefly comprises of mixed forests dominated with Sal and extensive patches of Bamboo forests. Other major plants in the sanctuary include Salai, Dhawada (Anogeissus latifolia), Palas (Butea monosperma), Gurajan (Lania choromendelica), Semal, Mahua, Harra, Haldu, Ber and Tendu. The rich and diverse vegetation supports a wide variety of wildlife in the Park. The major wildlife found in Sanjay National Park includes Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Jackals, Sambar, Four-horned Antelopes, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, Wild Pigs, Cobra, Monitor Lizards, Python to name a few.
Sanjay National Park is also a little paradise for bird lovers and houses wide varieties of avian population with prominent being the Parrots, Peacock, Bulbul, Minivets Orioles, Wagtails, Munias, Blue Kingfisher, Phakta, Ducks, Neelkanth Pigeon, Dabchick, Peafowl, Crimson Breasted Barbet, Teetar, Tree Pie, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons to name few. A visit to Sanjay National Park promises to be an exciting and rewarding experience for all wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Best Time to Visit – Sanjay National Park
The best time to visit the Sanjay National Park is November-June.
The Park is located on the Riva – Sidhi – Mirjapur – Varanasi State highway and is at a distance of about 60 km from Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh, the main entry point to the park. One can approach the park from Sidhi via villages Majholi-Chaparadol then finally at entry point near the village Dubari Vastua, 60 Km. from Sidhi. Jaora Railway Station (20 km) is the nearest railhead from Sanjay National Park.