Mahavir Swami Sanctuary

Entering the domain of history by passing through the territory of nature, Mahavir Swami Sanctuary is located at Lalitpur, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated such that it acts as a gateway to Bundelkhand, famously the region once ruled by Rani of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai. The area is one of the most densely forested regions of the state and thus acts as the perfect abode for a large number of wild animals. Interestingly, the region has always been one where man and nature have bonded. Jain Tirthankara Mahavir is said to have preached in this region.

Travel Tips

While you can expect to be understood while communicating in English, it will be really helpful if you can learn a few words in Hindi. The climate here is not too extreme at any time of the year. So you can do away with carrying quite a light luggage.

When to visit

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Things to do

Mahavir Swami Wildlife Sanctuary is sprawled over an area of 5.4 sq. km. Though not the largest of sanctuaries, it still has its fair share of flora and fauna to attract tourists from various parts of the world. The sanctuary is mostly known for its population of blue bulls. There are also a few endangered species of animals that have been given shelter in this sanctuary. While you may not be very impressed by the diversity of fauna that the place has to offer, the relatively smaller area means you will never have to wait too long before something interesting catches your attention. Apart from the blue bull, the sanctuary also hosts animals like nilgai, leopard, bear, wild boar, blackbuck, langur, jackal, and Sambhar. However it is not only the animals that are likely to draw your attention. The birds here are equally mesmerizing. If you are a bird viewing enthusiast, you should definitely consider visiting, as the sanctuary plays host to a wide variety of local birds as well as migratory birds which fly here from halfway across the world.

Getting Around

Things start to become tricky when it comes to commuting in this region. Public transportation system is not that developed and the frequency of buses is quite erratic. Your best option is to rent a car for the duration of your stay and use it for travelling to different places. Also, given that the sites to see are spread over a large area, it is advisable to have a car at your disposal at all times.

Places to Stay

Finding accommodations near Mahavir Swami Sanctuary might prove to be a bit difficult. However there are plenty of hotels at Jhansi, which is a few hours’ drive from the sanctuary. Depending on whether you want to spend a bit on your lodging, or prefer to stay within the budget, there are quite a few hotels to serve your needs.

How to Reach

  • If you want to go there by air, you can board a plane from any of the major cities in the country. The nearest airport is at Jhansi, which is 125 km from the sanctuary. From the airport you can take a cab to the sanctuary.
  • If you prefer a train journey to the other modes of transportation, you are to get off at the rail station at Jhansi. The train fare is likely to range between Rs.1800 and Rs.2900 for interstate travel and Rs.150 and Rs.300 for travelling from within the state of Uttar Pradesh. Details of the trains can be obtained from sites like, and similar websites.
  • If you choose to reach Mahavir Swami Sanctuary by road, you can hire a car from any local tourist agency or car rental facility. You will come across the sanctuary as you drive towards Bundelkhand.

Surrounding Attractions

Once you are done seeing the wildlife sanctuary, you can spend your time by taking a look at the various other attractions that this region has to offer. The main attraction here is the Fort of Jhansi, which was the site of the famous rebellion of 1857 and the stronghold of Rani Laxmibai. The Government Museum is also another place to visit if you are interested in history. It is famous for its collections of sculptures and war relics. To take a look at the religious side of things, you can visit the Mahalaxmi Temple, which draws devotees from all across the country.

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