Gods have been very kind to the land of Hadoti. They have blessed it with life giving water of Chambal river and lots of bright sunshine. Many of the tributaries of Chambal run through deep gorges and high rise mud walls gurgling falls and pebbled ruffles. Their turquoise blue water provides sustenance to jade green forests and bountiful crops. The region of Hadoti derives its name from Hada rulers, who trace their ancestry to Chahuman Rajput clan. The great civilizations were born in the lap of river valleys and likewise the Chambal river valley and its many tributaries were cradle of an early civilization, which has left its indelible marks in the form of cave shelters and cave paintings, which are supposedly as old as 25000 years. We find a rare continuity in the history of the region, as a number of excavated mounds have yielded copper, iron and terracotta artifacts, stone jewellery, terracotta beads, red earthenware, seal and coins, belonging to very early history of the mankind.
Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary
The Darrah sanctuary is spread over an area of 250 sq. kms and is strategically located 50 kms. away from the town of Kota.In the days of yore, Darrah sanctuary used to be the royal hunting ground of the erstwhile maharaja of Kota. This sanctuary is densely wooded and is spread over a hilly terrain.The Darrah sanctuary was officially declared as a protected area in 1955. Some of the resident species of this mysterious sanctuary are wolf, cheetah, nilgai, deer and wild boar. The Forest Department runs a Rest House at Darrah sanctuary but the amenities are basic and at best sketchy.
National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary
It is a rare riverine sanctuary of India. The length and the bank of the Chambal river between Jawahar sagar dam in Rajasthan and pachnada in Uttar Pradesh were accorded with sanctuary status with express purpose of protecting two of the rarest crocodilian species. The highly endangered Marsh crocodile and endemic Indian Indian Gharial have ever since flourished in the river. They may be esily sighted between Jawahar sagar dam and Kota barrage by taking a boat ride, which is run by Cygnus Adventure Tours. The luxuriant evergreen river valley flora is impenetrable due to Bamboo thickets and Cypress. The wild plantain has been found in the valley. The panther, Sloth bear, Hyena, Blue bull, Chinkara, Porcupine are usually seen on the river banks. The bank Great horned owl, Dusky horned owl, vulture species, Storks, Cormorants, Darter, Osprey and many other bird species inhabit the sanctuary.
Sanctuary Kota and Around, Dara, Ramgarh, Shergarh Sanctuary
Its a Wildlife sanctuary, loacted at Village Shergarh, Baran. Have 98.70 Sq.kms. area. You can see Wild animals, Birdsand Fort and natural surroundings. The principal species are Dhok (Anngoeissus pendula), Khair (Acacia catechu), Teak (Tectona grandis). Other species include Babool , Ber ,Salar ,Khirni etc.The fauna includes Leopard, Hyena, Wild boar, Chital, Sambhar, Chinkara, Sloth bearl etc.
Bird watching in Hadoti
The Dams, Reservoirs, Tanks land Rivers of Hadoti offer some excellent Bird watching opportunities. The reservoir of Kota barrage, Rana Pratap sagar dam are huge wetlands and support a healthy population of resident and migratory birds. The medium sized dams of Bardha, Alniya, Sawan Bhado and Abheda, Ranpur, Hindoli, Girdharpura, Sorsan, Kanaksagar, tanks can be easily reached from Kota and Bundi. The environment of these places is peaceful and well over 110 species of water birds have been reported from here. Darrah, Ramgarh, Vishdhari, Shergarh sanctuaries are known to have rich avian diversity of forest loving birds. The Painted stork breeding colony of Udpuria village is worth a visit during winter months when the whole area is abuzz with the calls of hundreds of chicks and juveniles competing with each other for food and parental attention
Sorsan Great Indian Bustard Hunting Closed Area
Tt is situated in Baran district and can be easily approached from Kota. It has undulating grassland which is ideal for Great Indian bustard, Chinkara and blue buck. Abullock cart takes you in the Closed area, where one gets to see the herds of Chinkara and Black bucks. It is a Bird watchers paradise as over 100 species of bird have been recorded from this area besides rare Great Indian bustard and Houbara bustard. The temple of Brahmani mata also attracts large number of devotees and a fair is held during auspicious days.