Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary
|Location/distances||Located at a distance of 26 km from Robertsganj, 60 km from Chunar, 130 km from Varanasi on Robertsganj- Ghorawal Road in Mahuwaria of Sonbhadra District of U.P., India|
|Ideal time to visit||Oct-March, best time morning & evening|
|Languages Spoken||Hindi & English|
|Attractions||Nature & Wildlife|
|Local Transport||Taxi/Auto rickshaw/cycle rickshaw|
|Must Visit||Sangam, Anand & Swaraj Bhawan & All Saints Cathedral|
|Fairs & Festivals||Magh Mela (Jan.-Feb.), Ardh Kumbh (every sixth year), Kumbh Mela (every 12th year), Dusheshra (Sep.-Oct.), Water Sports festival (Feb.)|
|How to reach||Road- Pre hired taxi from Robertsganj/Varanasi|
Rail- Nearest Railhead is Robertsganj located on Northern Railway line
Air- Babatpur Airport, Varanasi 150 km
The Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1982, is spread over an area of about 501 km2 of Mirzapur & Sonbhadra District. The Sanctuary has a wide variety of wildlife in its lush green dense forest cover with numerous waterfalls, treasure of pre-historic caves, rock paintings & heritage of rare fossils. It is an ideal spot for winter tourism. Animals found here- are Black Buck, Chital, Sambhar, Chinkara, Blue Bull, Indian Monkey, Baboons (Langoor), Rabbits, Porcupine, Wild Dogs, Wild Cat, Snake, Tiger, Leopard, Wolf, Mongoose, Bear, Jackal, Peafowl, Ratal.
Black Buck- also called Indian Antelope is a rare & protected species of deer. They can be seen wandering in their natural habitat here. According to their last official count (2001-2002) the total number of black buck in the sanctuary was 221.
Birds- Grey Quail, Doves, Francolin, Black Partridge, Coloured Francolin, Red spur, pigeon, Blue pigeon, fowl, sand groundMigratory birds- Grey duck, Cotton Teal
Lakhania Paintings (Rock Paintings)- Rock paintings found in the cave of this area are about 4000 year old and were discovered by Carlleyle in 1968. Most of the paintings are in terracotta colour & depict hunting, cattle grazing, war scenes, worshipping, bee-keeping, decorative floor designs, meeting, domestic chores etc.
Echo Valley- It is natural valley where phenomenon of echo is distinctly observed. Any sound thrown in the direction of the valley reflects its echo.
One nature centre is also built here which has the good picturesque collection of birds, vegetation, animals & herbs found in this wildlife sanctuary. Tourist Hut, Mahuwaria can be booked by contacting Sub-Forest Conservator, Kaimur Wildlife, Mirzapur.