Tamor Pingla Sanctuary

Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is situated at a distance of about 94 km from Ambikapur, located in Surjuga District bordering with Uttar Pradesh. The prominent features of it are the Tamor Hill and the Pingla Nalla (stream). In 2011 the sanctuary was notified by Chhattisgarh government as a part of Sarguja Jashpur elephant reserve.

It is named after the old and prominent features of the area, the Tamor Hill and Pingla Nalla. The boundaries of the sanctuary at is north is surrounded by the Moran River. The eastern boundary is Bonga Nalla and western boundary is Rihand River. This was notified in 1978.

Within this sanctuary a number of villages are present such as Khond, Injani, Archoka, Durgain, Kesar, Chattauli, Dhaulpur. Among these villages, the Kond river is the largest village. The Tamor Hills having an area of 250 sqkm is a table land rising sharply from the neighbouring villages of tamki, ghui, barpetia.

The area of the sanctuary is under Tamor, Khond and Pingla ranges of the Surguja – Jashpur Elephant reserve Forest Division. The fauna consists of sal, mixed and bamboo forests. The sanctuary is spread over 608.55 km2. The sanctuary is the home for elephant, tigers, leopards, bears, sambar deer, blue bulls, chital, bison, four-horned antelope, chinkara, barking deer, wild boars, wild dogs, wolves, jackals, striped hyenas, hare, cobras, nag, pythons, red jungle fowl, brown jungle fowl and green pigeon. The best time to visit it is in between november to june.
The sanctuary is situated at about 35 km(22 mi) north of Surajpur. The nearest railway station is Surajpur Railway Station. At Ramkola,a forest guest house is available.

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Chhattisgarh came into existence as a state on 1 November 2000 by partitioning 16 south-eastern districts of undivided Madhya Pradesh. It shares its border with six states, namely Odisha in the east, Jharkhand in the north-east, Madhya Pradesh in the north-west, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Maharashtra in the west and Andhra Pradesh in the south. The state is endowed with a rich cultural heritage that includes its varied crafts, folk dance, food and theatre, and attractive natural diversity. It is also home to some of India’s ancient caves, finest waterfalls, picturesque palaces, temples, Buddhist sites, rock paintings, hill plateaus and rare wildlife. While the northern and southern parts of the state are hilly, the central part is fertile plain. Mountains, plateaus and plains constitute roughly a third each of the state’s physiography. Major rivers of the state include Mahanadi, Indravati, Godavari, Narmada, Hasdo, Shivnath and Arpa. Identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in the country, Chhattisgarh has one of the densest forests in India, rich wildlife, several species of exotic flora and fauna and abundant non-timber forest products, with tremendous potential for value addition. Following its formation as a state, the nine original districts were further bifurcated, and as a result, the state now has 27 district administrative units. In the last phase of reorganization of districts, nine new districts were created and notified on 26 January 2012 to bring administration and governance closer to people, and also to address the spatial and other challenges that the state faces. There are a variety of tourist places in Chhattisgarh most of which lie virtually unexplored. The unspoilt green forests, dotted with picturesque waterfalls, scenic plateaus and winding rivers offer a feast to eyes. The caves and forts of a forgotten era add to the variety of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. Myriads of wild lives hide in the forests of Chhattisgarh, which occupy a huge 42% of the state’s land surface. Last but not the least important to mention is the lure of exotic tribal life of Chhattisgarh that acts as a magnet to attract tourist to the city of Chhattisgarh. *Copyright of Pictures and Information in this page might belong to someone else as all the data in this page are taken from different sources.

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