(Last Updated on : 24-11-2014)
The Semarsot and Tamor Pingala Wildlife Sanctuary are located in the Surguja district
. The sanctuary is near Semarsot on the Ambikapur-Daltongunj Road. The Semarsot Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 430.36 Sq. Kms and is covered with thick vegetation.
The Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary has derived its name from the two prominent features of this piece of land, the Tamor Hill and the Pingla Nalla or stream. Its terrain is also marked by the Moran River which passes through it and drains its waters into the Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar in Uttar Pradesh
. Bishrampur is the nearest railhead to the sanctuary. As compared to the Semarsot Wildlife Sanctuary the Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary is slightly larger in terms of area. It covers an area of 608.55 sq. kms.
The forest cover consists of a mix of Sal and other deciduous trees. The other species are Terminalia arjuna, Pterocarpus marsupium, Terminalia alata, Shorea robusta, Terminalia chebula, Soymida febrifuga, Terminalia bellerica, Anogeissus latifolia, Diospyros melonoxylon, etc. It also houses a variety of animals like tigers, leopards, multi-hued migratory birds, a number of species of Indian deer, like the barking deer, 4-horned antelope, chitals, sambar deer and Chinkara. One can also enjoy the sight of may other animals like the python, cobras, striped hyenas, jackals, brown and red varieties of jungle fowl, blue bulls, and green pigeons, sloth bears, wild boars, foxes and others.
Both the Semarsot and Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary of Chhattisgarh are virgin natural reserves and instances of the rich wildlife of Chhattisgarh. Right in the heart of India, these sanctuaries secure the animals and yield a feeling that is fresh, pure and primal. The best time to visit the Semarsot and Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary is during the months of January to May, when one can spot the beautiful animals and the rich vegetation.
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