Wildlife Sanctuaries near Mirzapur
Just a few miles away from the main Mirzapur city are two very well-known sanctuaries of Uttar Pradesh. They are Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary. Let’s have a look into these two tourist attracting places in detail:
Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife habitat is situated in Chandauli district of south eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh and is about 111 kilometers away from Mirzapur. The sanctuary covers an area of 78 square kilometres.
It was established in May 1957 and serves as one of the most beautiful picnic spots in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The splendid waterfalls like Dev Dari and Raj Dari along with Chandraprabha Dam simply adds to the beauty of the place.
Chandraprabha was known for its Asiatic lions that were introduced in the sanctuary in 1958. However, after a couple of years later, lions went missing and no further plans to settle new lions in the region were introduced.
Today various other animals like black buck, leopard, sambhar, cheetah, nilgai, Indian gaelle, rabbit, monkey, jackal, wild cat, wild fox, wild boar, porcupine, chinkara, hyena, python, gharial and a host of colourful birds can be seen in the sanctuary. The forest area is also covered with numerous medicinal plants and trees like shagun, mahua, tendu, ber, koraiya, amaltus are found in abundance.
How to Reach Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary from Mirzapur
The best way to reach the sanctuary from Mirzapur is by hiring a cab. It takes approximate 1 hour 45 minutes to reach the place.
Best time to visit – From July to February
Entry Fee – Rs 30 for Indians and Rs 350 for foreigners.
Timings – 6 am to 5 pm
Accommodation – A guest house from forest department having seven suits is available at a price of Rs 100 to Rs 300 inside the Sanctuary near Raj Dari falls.
Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary Near Mirzapur
This sanctuary is a little above 100 kilometers from Mirzapur and is located at the UP-Bihar borders. The habitat was established in 1982 and has approximate 500 square kilometre of lush, dense vegetation. It is also known for its waterfalls, rock paintings, pre-historic caves and a legacy of rare fossils.
Almost 4000 years old rock painting in terracotta colour depicting hunting, cattle grazing, bee-keeping, worshipping, war scenes, floor designs, domestic chores, etc can be seen. The Echo Valley located inside the Sanctuary is also very popular among the tourists.
There are a number of waterfalls in the sanctuary of which Karkat and Telhar stands out. Among the several lakes, Anupam Lake is the most gorgeous of all.
How to Reach Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary from Mirzapur
Private buses and taxis are available from Mirzapur. If you are travelling by train, get down at Mohania station and then take a cab ride to the sanctuary.
Best time to visit – October to March
Accommodation – Tourist Huts can be booked in advance by contacting the sanctuary’s Sub-Forest Conservator.