How To Reach Guru Ghasidas (Sanjay) National Park
Guru Ghasidas National Park, also known as Sanjay National Park is a lovely wildlife reserve in the northern part of Chhattisgarh. The park is also known as Sanjay National Park, but this part of the forest belongs to Madhya Pradesh. Belonging to the Kotiya district of Chhattisgarh, this national park is the country’s fourth tiger reserve. You can reach this national park by air, rail and road; since this is a national park, there aren’t many airports close by and you would have to choose the closest airport according to your convenience to reach the reserve. You can also take a train to reach the place, or you can drive all the way up till the national park. Below are a few tips on how to reach Guru Ghasidas National Park.
Guru Ghasidas National Park is located in the northern region of Chhattisgarh and it is close to states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. There are several airports around Guru Ghasidas National Park that one can take to reach the reserve. The closest airport to this national park is Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; the airport is distanced at 298 km from the center of the reserve. You can find cabs outside the airport that will take you to the national park in about 7.5 hours. The next close airport is Jabalpur Airport, also known as Dumna Airport in Madhya Pradesh which is 363 km from the reserve and is a 9 hour journey. You can also take a flight to Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi, Jharkhand to reach Guru Ghasidas National Park. If you want to land in the state of Chhattisgarh, you can always take a flight to Swami Vivekananda Airport ion Raipur, which is distanced at 474 km and takes almost 11 hours to reach.
Since Guru Ghasidas National Park is quite a famous tiger reserve in the state, there are several roads leading up to the place. You can easily drive up there or can take buses run by the government and privately as well. The national park is 300 km from Jabalpur and 400 km from Raipur and the roads can be easily driven on. The roads are beautiful and makes for a lovely road trip. But if you don’t want to drive, you can always take state run buses operated by CSRTC that will easily take you to the national park. You can also get private buses going to the reserve from adjacent states; these buses will take you there at a much cheaper cost and it is quite comfortable as well.
Guru Ghasidas National Park is a bit secluded and there aren’t many train stations or airport around. Therefore the closest railhead to this national park is Ambikapur Railway Station in the Surguja district of Chhattisgarh. This railway station is located at a distance of 257 km from the national park and is the closest one. Once you get off at the station, you can find cabs or buses that will take you directly to the national park within 7 hours. Other than this railway station, you can also take the Bilaspur Railway Station in Bilaspur, distanced at 361.9 km from the park to reach it. These are the closest railheads to reach Guru Ghasidas National Park.
Getting around inside a national park is hassle free most of the times due to the national park having its own transportation resources. Even in Guru Ghasidas National Park, the best way to get around is by riding the safari jeeps provided by the national park. Usually these jeeps are accompanied by a driver who also acts as a guide and will show you around the park. You can also get your own vehicle, but the park will provide a guide to actually tour around the place. Usually the best way is to travel by jeeps or riding elephants is also an option.