Zone 7 (Chidikho):
Rajbagh Naka, Chidikho, Jamoda, Kushalipura
In 1984 adjoining areas of
Ranthambhore National Park (RNP) was also elevated to the status of
a Wildlife Sanctuary and named Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary (SMS) with a
total area of 113 sq. kms. In December 2007 the sanctuary was
included in the Critical Tiger Habitat (CTH) of Ranthambhore Tiger
Reserve (RTR). This sanctuary has places of interest like Chidikho,
Balas, Qualji, Mahakho, Jojeshwar and Jamoda.
The inclusion of this area in the CTH has helped parts of the
sanctuary regenerate due to effective protection and management
interventions. Visitors can now see Dhok trees (Anogeissus pendula)
that were severely degraded due to overgrazing reclaim its space and
this has caused a wide range of herbivore population to re-inhabit
these parts today. Tigers have also started routinely visiting these
areas and some of them have settled in SMS.
To continue its efforts further and create inviolate space to do
away with the anthropogenic pressures on the Tiger Habitat, a
village relocation program initiated by the NTCA has been taken up
by the Forest Department. Villages of Kalibhat, Hindwad are under
process of relocation. Relocation of these two villages would create
space for 2 additional tigers in SMS.
Highlights - Caves with seasonal water visited by birds & animals.
High bird diversity hence the name chidi, tendu tree stands. There
are dhak trees (Butea monosperma) called ‘Flame of the Forest’, that
turns red during summers. The place offers good sloth bear sighting,
cliffs inhabited by leopards, Sita mata hill, Jamoda pure water
stream, spotting tigers T34 & T8 , Hyena caves, landscapes and
yellow grass meadows in winters.