Uttar Pradesh, a north Indian state has a history of rich cultural significance. It is replete with tourist attractions like monuments, forts, temples, etc. that draws a number of national and international tourists. With its world heritage sites, one of the Seven Wonders of the world, Taj Mahal, pilgrimage circuit and popular fair like Kumbh Mela, the state truly has become one of the most important holiday destinations. Not only this, but the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks also play vital roles in making the state very popular among the tourists. The flora and fauna of the state is enriched by Ranipur Sanctuary, Dudhwa National Park, Nawab Ganj Bird Sanctuary, etc.
You should pay a visit to Uttar Pradesh to explore its amazing flora and fauna. The best way to do this is to visit Ranipur sanctuary located at the foothill of the Himalayas. Read the details of this sanctuary and plan your trip:
The name of the sanctuary is derived from the name of the town Ranipur where it is located. Ranipur was earlier a part of the state Uttar Pradesh but now it is a part of the newly-born state Uttarakhand.
The sanctuary was established in the year 1977 with the primary aim of protecting the diverse wildlife and creating an ecosystem perfect for their survival.
Area and location:
The sanctuary covers a total area of 230 sq km. It is located in the Banda districts. It stands on an average altitude of 259 meters.
A wide range of fascinating flora and fauna can be found in the sanctuary. Tiger, sambar, blackbuck, leopard, sloth bear, peafowl, spur fowl, painted partridge, fishing cat, jungle fowl and chinkara, etc. are the commonly found faunal species.
The brakish water lagoon of the sanctuary attracts a good number of migratory water birds. Such birds can be seen in the Great Eastern Himalayan Valleys. Many endangerd species of birds and other birds like flamingo, Pelicans, Egrets, Grey Herons, Shovellers, Sand Gills, Cormorants, White Ibis, Reef Herons, Spoon Bills, Pipers, Painted Storks, Spot Billed Ducks, Open Billed Storks, Pintails and River Tern find their refuge in the Ranipur sanctuary.
The floral species include tropical dry evergreen forests with species like Auicenia Officinales, Ficus Tiela, Sargin Fish, Dryopteris Sepiata, Manilkara Hexandra, Pteriospermus, Glaucum Uberifolium, Strychnos Muxvomica, Albizzia Amara and mangrove forest with species like Xylocarpus Moluecenix, Agollocha White, Acanthies Ilicifolius, Rhizophora Apiculata, Ezcocaria, Degiceros Conrniculatum, etc.
When to visit?
The average temperature ranges from 3°C in Winter to 46°C in Summer. To tour the sanctuary in a pleasant weather, you should visit the place during the months of November to June.
Where to stay?
You can accommodate in the forest rest houses in Ranipur, Markundi, Manikpur and Chauri.
Roadways: The sanctuary is about 80 km from Banda district. It is 150 km from Allahabad. It is almost 60 km away from the Banda Highway and is connected with buses. You will also find bus terminus in Chitrakoot. Banda district is linked to all the neighboring districts like Fatehpur District, Mahoba, Kanpur, Allahabad and also the neighboring state of Madhya Pradesh.
Railways: Chitrakoot at a distance of 25 km is the nearest railhead.
Airways: The nearest airport is at Lucknow that is 350 km away from the sanctuary.
Visiting some more places:
There are a lot more to see in the Banda district. You can visit the Maheswari Devi Temple, Kalinjar Fort, Four Stone Pillar at Kairada Village, Bamdeo Temple, Khatri Pahar, Bhuragarh Fort, etc.
- Take a mosquito repellant cream or ointment if you plan for a night out in the park
- Don't forget to take cameras or camcorders along with other accessories
- Hire a guide so that you can understand the various signs of the animals and know about the history of the sanctuary
- You can contact the divisional forest officer, Banda forest division for the purpose of reservation or any further information
So plan a trip for 2-3 days in the Banda district; the Ranipur sanctuary should surely be at the top of your tour itinerary. Time spent with your loved ones or even in seclusion with the nature would surely leave a mark in your memory.