Even though Indore might be famous for its royal palaces and other ancient buildings, it is still a weekend destination for several nature lovers and photographers who come here to frame the beauty of its natural surroundings, spread in the form of forests, dams, green vegetation and rich wildlife.
Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most verdant areas around Indore and remains a year-round weekend spot for tourists owing to its cool and fresh environment. Next weekend, instead of staying in the bed till noon, try heading to the foggy hills near Indore and turn your weekend around with a spellbinding view of the sky and its hues.
Get ready to spend some time in the relaxing and majestic lap of nature. Ralamandal, a beautiful bird and wildlife sanctuary situated about 20 km from the city, is the perfect spot if you are a trekking enthusiast or are the adventure kinds. A trip to this magnificent place will transport you to a zone which is devoid of all the worldly distractions. It will be exactly what you need after a hectic week at work.
Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is going to be your only retreat if you really want to see what the wildlife in or around Indore is all about. Established in 1989, it is one of the oldest sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh, and packs a great treat for wildlife and avifauna enthusiasts alike. River Narmada which is slated to be million years older than River Ganga, graces the sanctuary with its divine presence. Spread over a vast area of 5 sq.km, and patched with grasslands and flanked by rich forests, it is home to rich wildlife, such as leopard, blue bull, wild hare, barking deer and sambar.
One can also spot hundreds of species of plants and a diversity of birds, which comprise several endangered and a few rare species. The park is a perfect site for trekking enthusiasts and gives a lot of chances to explore the quintessential fauna it pertains. Teak, Saja, Chandan, Eucalyptus, Babool, Bamboo and a variety of quintessential variety of plants and herbs could be appreciated among the woods. You will surely appreciate the beauty of nature and the view will take your breath away.
The sanctuary houses an ancient palace built by the Holkars over a century ago and offers a decent accommodation in its Forest Rest House for those who wish to extend their stay beyond a day. There is a small museum housing real fossils of dinosaur eggs. One can also explore the park in golf cart ride. There is a hunting hut here built by the Holkar rulers in 1905 which is now being transformed into an information centre.
It’s preferable to carry your walking shoes to allow a good grip on track, shorts or track pants and an extra pair of clothes. Also, apply sunscreen and if possible, avoid going in the late evening hours or make sure to carry a mosquito repellent. Winters (October to February) is said to be the best time to visit this place!
So if you are looking for some adventure, some leisure, some quality time in a calm and beautiful environment, then this is the place that will do justice to your mind and soul; the sanctuary is nothing short of paradise. Hardly half an hour’s drive from Indore, this is definitely a recommended excursion from the city!
How to reach there
Situated on the NH 52, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is near Patel College, Tejaji Nagar bypass. It is advisable to have your own vehicle, as public transport is not easily available in the area.
6 AM to 6:30 PM, open all days of the week