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THE GATEWAY HOTEL BALAGHAT ROAD GONDIA

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Gondia derives its name from the Gond kings who ruled the area centuries ago. Gond in English is gum or sealing wax which is obtained from the Palas trees. This was the primary business of the people during that time. There are many interesting facts about Gondia. For example, it is called the Rice City because of the large number of rice mills in the region. And considered to be the Gateway to Maharashtra from Central and Eastern India. Gondia is also called the hub of wildlife sanctuaries owing to its proximity to various wildlife centres such as Nagzira National Park-40km, Navegaon National Bird Sanctury-45Km, Kanha National Park-120KM & Tadoba Tiger Reserver -180KM . The place has a rich art and culture tradition that’s kept alive by the tribes living here. They make various attractive items from clay and animal horns. The reason why shopping in Gondia should be added to your list of things to do.

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Nagzira National Park

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is a dreamland for wildlife lovers. It is home to tigers, leopards, dholes, jungle cats, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, wolves, herbivores like gaur and sambar, an astonishing variety of butterflies and an interesting amphibian and reptilian population. Located in the Bhandara district in the northeastern corner of Maharashtra, this small reserve covering 152 sq. km. is often referred to as the Green Oasis of Vidharba.

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Nawegaon National Park

Wildlife lovers and trekking lovers, welcome to the Nawegaon National Park. Situated in close proximity to Gondia, it is famous for housing numerous varieties of flora, fauna and vegetations. The park is spread across an area of 135 sq km and includes a beautiful lake, known as the Nawegaon Lake that forms a wetland in Vidarbha area and is one of the most popular Gondia tourist destinations for trekking. The park has around 209 species of birds, 26 species of mammals and nine species of reptiles. Animals that reside in the park include tiger, nilgais, wild bears, panthers and wolf. This national park also houses species of jamun, teak, ain, kawat, haldu and bhor. Scarlet minivet, flycatcher and kingfisher can also be spotted in the park. You won’t get enough of this thrilling place.

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Kanha National Park

It is in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Park's landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park's fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia.

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Tadoba Tiger Reserve

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the finest & largest National Parks in Maharashtra. It is one of India’s 47 project tiger reserves existing in India. It lies in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state and 170km away from Gondia. This beautiful wild paradise is situated 45 km close to Chandrapur District of central Indian State Maharashtra, and is about 150 km from Nagpur city which is the nearest airport for visiting Tadoba national park. Its name 'Tadoba' is derived from the name of God "Tadoba" or "Taru" whiich is praised by local tribal people, whereas "Andhari" is derived from name of Andhari river. It is believed that Taru was the village chief who was killed in an fierce encounter with Tiger and thus a shrine was made in remembrance of God Taru. This region was predominantly ruled by Gond tribes which had their own Kingdom in large area of Central India. Their descendents are still can be seen in local villages.

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Hazrafall Waterfall

Sightseeing in Gondia is incomplete without gazing at these breathtaking falls that are a major tourist attraction during the rainy season. Camp, trek or just enjoy the beauty of nature at this picturesque place that’s located just 1 km from Darekasa Railway Station.

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Kachargadh Caves

Nearly 25,000 years old, Kachargadh Caves are located in Salekasa tehsil. These are one of those rare caves that are believed to be home to our ancestors as archaeologists discovered some stone weapons inside them. It is a place of worship for the natives but it also offers great trekking opportunities for the tourists.

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Darekasa Caves

Formed out of a single rock, Darekasa caves are a major tourist attraction. Located near the village Darekasa in the Chandsuraj hills, some of the caves are naturally formed and some are artificially made and are known as Kachgad or iron fort. These caves can accommodate around 200 people at a time. Also visit the scenic the Ramidon waterfalls located nearby.

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Dongargarh

Find devotion 1600 feet above the ground. The majestic Bambleshwari Temple at Dongargarh is revered by lakhs of people of Chhatisgarh. On the hilltop is Badi Bambleshwari while another temple is at the ground level and is called the Chhotti Bambleshwari. Devotees come in droves during the Navratris of Kavar (during Dussehra) and Chaitra (during Ram Navami) and light the Jyoti Kalash.

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Padampur

A place of historic importance, Padampur village is the birthplace of the well-known Sanskrit writer Bhavabhuti. He wrote Sanskrit dramas such as Uttar Ramcharita, Malti Madhava and Mahavir Charitra. The discovery of a number of ancient idols around the village of Padampur makes a visit to the place all the more interesting.

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Nagra

Tourists and devotees alike frequent the Nagra village. Other than many other temples, the main attraction is a Shiva temple from the 15th century designed using the intricate Hemadpanthi technique.

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Goregaon Sai Temple

Goregaon lies in the northern segment of Maharashtra, approximately 13.6 km from Gondia,. The place is famously known as the Film City owing to the presence of a film studio, Filmstan. Besides, the place is also popular for the Shirdi Sai Baba temple.