Located along River Tawa, Bori Wildlife Sanctuary is one of India’s oldest wildlife sanctuaries. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, it is part of the Satpura Tiger Reserve which is spread over 2,200 square kilometres of mixed deciduous forest and is the largest tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The sanctuary is the lowest-lying region of the tiger reserve and is dotted with meadows and mixed deciduous woodland, making it an ideal habitat for large mammals like sambar, gaur, nilgai, chital and their predators like tiger, leopard and wild dog. Till a decade ago there were several villages dotted in this sanctuary, but with the efforts of the forest department, a successful voluntary relocation program was conducted where close to 40 villages were moved out. Now meadows have emerged in the erstwhile village sites affording large spaces for the repopulation of wildlife. Most notable of these old village sites are Bori and Churna which, after village relocation have transformed into prime wildlife habitats. Churna is in the tourism zone and the best possibility of seeing wildlife including tigers is here. Bori is out of the tourism zone, but this is where the forest department has conducted the reintroduction program of the endangered hard-ground barasingha. As the barasinghas get released from their enclosures, there is a possibility of their dispersal into the tourism zone.
So, fret no more and discover Madhya Pradesh’s best kept secret, Bori Wildlife Sanctuary and its awe-inspiring natural beauty!