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Darrah Sanctuary, Kota


Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary is the place to go to see wolf, cheetah, nilgai, deer and wild boar. Darrah is spread over an area of 250 sq. kms and is located a mere 50 kms away from Kota. It is a hilly and thickly forested sanctuary.


The sanctuary used to be the royal hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Kota. Officially the Darrah sanctuary was declared as a protected area in 1955. It was then established in 2004 comprising of three wildlife sanctuaries: Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, and Jawahar Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Flora & Fauna

Darrah National Park is home to many unique floral species like flower plants, trees, foliage and medicinal herbs. The park looks beautiful with long bushy trees some of which have remarkable healing qualities. Some of the major floral species found here are Babul, Imli, Banyan, Ber, Dhak, Dhok, Kadam, Khajur, Khair, Karel, Khejda, Kakera, Mohua and Neem.
Faunal population of Darrah National Park is also striking. The forest here is a great habitat for animals like Wild Boars, Sloth Bears, Nilgai, Cheetah and Deer. The region is also known for a large number of Antelopes and Wolves. Other significant species residing here include Chinkaras, Leopards and a good number of birds.

Best time to visit

Tourists can visit Darrah National Park at any time of the year. However, the best time to visit here is from February until May.

How to Reach

  • By Air: The closest airport is at Udaipur which operates flights from Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of India.
  • By Rail: The nearest Rail Head to the Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary is Kota on the Delhi Mumbai Rail Route.
  • By Road: Darrah Wildlife sanctuary is around 50 km from Kota. Bus services are available to reach Kota from Ajmer (4 hours), Chittorgarh (3 hours), Jaipur (5 hours) Udaipur (5 hours), Jodhpur (6 hours) and Bikaner (8 hours).

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