The ‘Tiger Capital’ of Earth is Nagpur – Vidharbha
Nagpur or in Vidharbha is great place to hangout for tiger jungle safari. Apart from being known as the orange city of India, Nagpur is also known as the ‘Tiger Capital or Tiger Gateway of India’, given that out of the 48 total tiger reserves in India, 13 are in Vidharbha (comprising Nagpur division of eastern Maharashtra) alone. Union minister of environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh, applauded Maharashtra government for the growth of tigers in 2011, which prompted promoting Nagpur as the Tiger Capital of India.
Nagpur’s forested areas cover around 37,251 sq. km and the region is rich in wild fauna and flora. Thousands of foreign and domestic tourists visit the tiger reserves of Nagpur. Some soul enticing national parks around Nagpur include: Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve Pench National Park, Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Bor Tiger Reserve and Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary. Even researchers across the globe are attracted to visit the reserves in order to study the cause of the animals here.
Climatic conditions in Vidharbha/Nagpur region are very suitable for tiger conservation. However, people’s co-operation needs to be maintained in order to save the forests from any kind of damage and to keep the buffer zones intact around the area.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has been decentralized and the first field office is opened in Nagpur to assist eco-tourism in the city. Indian government has also made efforts in order to make local tribes partners in forest management and tourism friendly.
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