Wardha district of Maharashtra boasts of having two modern pilgrimage centres. Gandhiji’s Ashram at Sevagram – 8 km and Vinoba Bhave’s Paunar Ashram – 12 km. Sevagram in Wardha district of Vidarbha is the epitomes of Gandhiji’s teaching of simplicity and truth. Having fully explored the busy and mega cities like Mumbai, Pune or Nagpur one naturally looks for the places with difference and cultural beauty and Bor Dam is the answer for the tourist quest. The whole area, here is a dry deciduous forest and the main species of the verdant vegetation are teak, tendu and bamboo.
STD Code: 07152
Area: 61.1 sq. kms
When to go: Round the year. For jungle safari - 15th October to 15th June.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Bor WS
Road: Mumbai is located 785 km away. State Transport buses ply from Wardha and Nagpur to Hingni, which is 5 km away from the sanctuary.
Rail: 32 km away is the nearest railhead, Wardha Junction.
Air: Nagpur is the nearest Airport located 65 km away.
Set amidst the green expanse of 61.10 sq km in Hingani, Wardha; Bor Wildlife Sanctuary covering 3,237 hectares of reserve forest, 2,213 hectares of protected forest and 6650 hectares of classed forest. Providing the glimpses of a perfect rural life through a cluster of villages around Bor Sanctuary comes as one of the most popular wildlife parks in India with variety of animals like tigers, panthers, bisons, blue bulls, chitals, chinkaras and many more. The colourful birds also attract the tourists and the peacocks, especially catch their fancy. Watch the wild animals and birds in their natural habitat and make a thrilling experience by unfolding a forest night life.
Tourist Attractions in Bor Wildlife Sanctuary
A magnificent Buddha Stupa-Vihar spread over 40 sq km in the dense forest came up through Taiwanese aid.
Shiva Temple situated on the huge hillock provides a spectacular view all around adjacent to the dam.
Adventure/Water sports at huge lake with around 1538 hectares area of shallow water in the lush green background and rugged hills is the really apt place for the water sports, adventure lovers and the rock climbers.
Paunar Vinoba Bhave’s Ashram: About 12 km from Wardha, it is located on the bank of Dham river. It is a place where Vinobaji started his Bhudaan movement (land doinated by the large farmers to Vinobaji which he further dovated to landless) in 1960. Here he treated the leprosy patients. During the excavations for the ashram several stone panels from the Vakatakas period were found that are displayed here.
Sevagram: 8 km from Wardha is a well known ashram of Mahatma Gandhi where Mahatma’s personal memorabilia are on display.
Kelzar: Considered as one of the ‘Ashtavinayaks’ of Vidarbha is the Siddhivinayak temple of Lord Ganesha in Kelzar in Wardha district, 52 km from Nagpur and 26 km from Wardha at Kelzar, earlier known as Ek Chakra Nagar. Lord Rama’s Guru, Vashishtha Rishi founded this temple to worship the deity. As is believed, he also created river Wardha which was named after ‘Varad Vinayak’. The Pandavas, it is believed, slain a demon Bakasur, here as the place is known as Bakasur Maidan (in local language). Here, on the hillock a temple of Shri Siddhivinayak is located and there lies Boudha Vihar just opposite. During Vakatak period, the town was the headquarter of the king Pravarsen. There existed a huge fort with five bastions and three embankments. The huge idol of Varad Vinayak puts devotees into a divine bliss that is unparalleled, fulfilling their wishes. A shivalinga was found during excavation in 1994 as the Shivleelamrut mentions that there was a Jyortilinga at Ek Chakra Nagar. The Juotirlinga and an idol of goddess Mahalaxmi are estimated to over 2500 years old. Kelzar also has an idol of Chandraprabhu, the eighth teerthankar of the Jain sect.
The Bor Dam is a place irresistible for the weekend and family picnic groups, get-together and business meets or even the partying people.