Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary

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Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Gandhi Sagar Dam1.JPG
River Chambal in Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary
Map of India
Location Mandsaur and Nimach districts
Madhya Pradesh, India
Coordinates 24°34′59″N 75°42′43″E / 24.583°N 75.712°E / 24.583; 75.712[1]Coordinates: 24°34′59″N 75°42′43″E / 24.583°N 75.712°E / 24.583; 75.712[1]
Area 368.62 km2 (142.32 sq mi)
Established 1974

Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary (Hindi: गांधी सागर अभयारण्य) is a wildlife sanctuary situated on the northern boundary of Mandsaur and Nimach districts in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is spread over an area of 368.62 km2 (142.32 sq mi) adjoining Rajasthan state in India. It was notified in 1974 and more area was added in 1983. The Chambal River passes through the sanctuary dividing it into two parts. The western part is in Nimach district and eastern part is in Mandsaur district. Its ecoregion is that of Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests.[2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The Sanctuary is open throughout the year. With a varied terrain of wooded hills – the forest being dry, mixed and deciduous- and flat grasslands around Gandhi sagar dam submergence, it offers abundant opportunities of sighting a variety of wildlife. The principal tree species found in the Sanctuary are Khair (Acacia catechu), Salai, Kardhai, Dhawda, Tendu, Palash etc.

The predominant animal species that inhabit the sanctuary are the deer, of which the most easily sighted are the chinkara or Indian gazelle, nilgai and sambar. In addition the Indian leopard, langur, Indian wild dog, peacock, otter, and Mugger crocodile are present.

Places archaeological and religious importance[edit]

Chatubhujnath temple in Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary

Sanctuary has many places of historical, archaeological and religious importance. These are Chaurasigarh, Chaturbhujnath temple, Bhadkaji rock paintings, Narsinghjhar, Hinglajgarh Fort, Taxakeshwar temple etc.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary". 
  2. ^ "Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 2017-01-29.