Mukundra Hills Kota is expected to open for tourists by the end of this year and we can’t keep calm.

From breathtaking views to migratory birds coming here every season and presence of ancient monuments, all of it makes Mukundra a true Nature’s kingdom.

But inspite of its rich biodiversity and extraordinary charm, for many decades the region didn’t see any major signs of development. And though it became a Tiger Reserve in 2013, it failed to get any tiger presence for a few years.

Hopefully, all of it is going to change very soon when it will be open for tourists to visit and explore.

Mukundra Hills Kota already has a presence of 3 tigers and more are expected to be shifted in the near future. Wildlife enthusiasts in the region have a firm belief that Mukundra will astound everyone with its diversity and beauty and in no time, it would make its own name in travelers community, just like Ranthambore did.

Mukundra Hills View

Garadia Mahadev in Mukundra Hills

So let’s give you an inside peek into Mukundra’s diverse landscape and what makes it special – 

Geography

Total area enclosed : 759 sq. Km

Buffer zone : 342.82 Sq. km

Districts : The reserve is set on the boundaries of four cities of Rajasthan : Kota, Bundi, Chittorharg and Jhalawar.

Rivers: It is lined by four rivers on its periphery, Chambal being the largest one. 

Wildlife sanctuaries : Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve is formed by combining 3 wildlife sanctuaries, namely – Darrah Wildlife sanctuary, Jawahar Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary and Chambal Wildlife sanctuary

History

The core area of Mukundra Hills National Park & Tiger Reserve is one of the oldest sanctuaries of India, popularly called as ‘Darrah Sanctuary’ 

Darrah was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary ( Protected Area ) in 1955.

Before Independence, it used to be the hunting protectorate of Kota state and was famous for its tigers, other big cats and deer. 

It was declared as a National Park in 2004 and was given the name ‘Mukundra Hills ( Darrah ) National Park’ which was formed by combining three wildlife sanctuaries: Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary and Jawahar Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary. 

In 2013, National Tiger Conservation Authority passed its approval and Rajasthan got its third Tiger Reserve after Ranthambore and Sariska. While being declared as a Tiger Reserve, Mukundra failed to get a single tiger for many years.

 

Tiger Relocation in Mukundra Hills

It is the 3rd time in the country when reintroduction of tigers has taken place in a Tiger Reserve after Sariska and Panna ( M.P)

Mukundra heard its first tiger roar on April 3, 2018 when a three-and-half-year-old tiger, RT-91 was relocated from ranthambore tiger reserve to MHTR

After translocation of RT-91, the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje tweeted – 

Translocation of RT-91 is a step towards conservation of the species in Rajasthan and it shall also be the responsibility of the people of Hadoti region to ensure the all-round conservation of the Mukundara ecosystem.

In the following month of December, on Tuesday, 18th, tigress T-106 was tranquilised to mukundra tiger reserve.

The third tiger T-110 was shifted here in January 2019.

Ranthambore National Park is currently very popular in terms of density, having nearly 50 Tigers, hence Mukundra will also act as an aide to Ranthambore National Park. More tigers are expected to be shifted from Ranthambore in the near future.

 

Other Attractions

The rich biodiversity of MHTR with the enthralling view of Chambal makes it different from the other Tiger Reserves of its kind. 

1. MIGRATORY BIRDS 

Mukundra Hills Kota hosts a variety of migratory birds in winter including gray pelicans, Bar Headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Gray Lag Goose along with the Pied cuckoo, Jacobin cuckoo, Eurasian cuckoo and many more.

If you are into bird watching, then this place is a true heaven for you!

Migratory Birds in Mukundra

2. WATERFALLS

Waterfalls greet their visitors with bundles of joy and serenity along with thrill and amazement.

The beauty of a waterfall is impossible to convey in a mere combination of words.

Some of the breathtaking Waterfalls which you can find here are: Geparnath Waterfall, Padajhar Waterfall and Garadia Waterfall.

 

3. WATER SAFARI 

This is one of the most exciting features of MHTR. Mukundra is perhaps the first tiger Reserves to host both water Safari and Jungle Safari in its stretches.

Aren’t you excited to be dabbed by some cool splashes of Chambal on your visit to MHTR? *wink wink*

4. FLORA AND FAUNA

The Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve has gently sloping hills covered with ‘Dhok’ trees and a mixed jungle of sheesam, belimali, arjun, ficus, khair, gurjan and salar. Sambhar, cheetal, chinkara, Neelgai and four-horned antelope are the true deer, gazelle and antelope found in the reserve. Leopard are common and so are the wolf, jackal, hyena and sloth bear.

Paradise flycatcher, Golden oriole, a variety of woodpeckers, flycatchers, doves, babblers, mynas, sandgrouse, nightjars, eagles, owls and vultures form the most important and conservation dependent avian species of Mukandara.

The lakes and ponds within the Reserve support a wide variety of migratory and resident waterbirds, including geese
and ducks.

Mukundra Hills Wildlife

Mukundra Hills Wildlife

5. BREATHTAKING VIEWS

With the azure streams of water, the region is a blessing not only for the wildlife photographers but also for those who love capturing the adorable and mesmerizing sites of nature.

Visit MHTR to lens some of the finest and most picturesque landscapes found in nature.

Chambal in Mukundra Hills

Chambal in Mukundra Hills bring life to the region

6. HISTORIC SITES

Baroli Temples, Gagron Fort, Chandrabagha Temples, Abheda Mahal, are some of the many ancient sites present in the region. 

 

Opening of Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve for tourists is much awaited event for Kota & Hadoti region of Rajasthan. The region is expected to grow its tourism business and economy after Mukundra opens.

 

Photo Credits: Mannan Arya