Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve

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The forest department started the inaugural jungle safari at the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve recently.

About Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve

  • Location: Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve, popularly known as Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, is spread across 4 districts – Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, and Chittorgarh in Rajasthan.
  • The park is situated in a valley formed by two parallel mountains,Mukundra and Gargola.
  • The tiger reserve was constituted in the year 2013,s which encompasses the area ofMukandra National Park, Dara Sanctuary, Jawahar Sagar Sanctuary, and part of Chambal Sanctuary.
  • It was once a hunting preserve belonging to the Maharaja of Kota.
  • River: It is located on theeastern bank of the Chambal River and is drained by its tributaries.
  • Vegetation: Dry Deciduous Forest
  • Flora:
  • Kala Dhok or Kaladhi (Anogeissus pendula) is the predominant species, along with Khair, Ber, Kakan, Raunj, etc.
  • On higher slopes, Anogeissus pendula is replaced by Anogeissus latifolia, along with Bel, Salar, Uum, and Shisham.
  • Fauna:
  • The important fauna includes Leopard, Sloth bear, Nilgai, Chinkara, Spotted Deer, Small Indian Civet, Toddy Cat, Jackal, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Common Langur, etc.
  • The common reptiles and amphibians are Pythons, Rat Snake, Buff-striped keelbacks, Green keelback, crocodiles, Gharial, Otter, and Turtles.

Q1: Which are the main tributaries of Chambal River?

Chambal River originates at the Singar Chouri peak on the northern slopes of the Vindhya mountains. Its major tributaries are Banas, Kali Sindh, Sipra, Parbati, etc.

Source: Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan now opens for safari tours