The Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan. The sanctuary is situated at a distance of 45 km from Pratapgarh and 108 km from the city of Udaipur. It is one of the important wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan and it was declared as a protected zone in 1979 and sprawls over an area of 423 sq km. Sita Mata sanctuary is a dense forest land which is about 40% of the total land area of this developing district. The landscape of the wildlife sanctuary is undulating because of the joining of three different topographically distinct landscapes like the Aravalli Ranges, the Vindhyachal Hills and the Malwa Plateau.
The temperature of the region in the summers is between 32 degrees and 45 degrees and in winters the temperature ranges between 6 degrees and 14 degrees.
The Rivers Tankiya, Budho, Sita Mata, Karmoi and Jakham flow through the thickly wooded wildlife sanctuary. It is only one forest region where more than half of the trees are the valuable teak. It is home to a wide variety of plants, trees and wildlife animals. The Sita Mata wildlife sanctuary is also called a Bird Paradise because of the huge abundance of avian species found here.
Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect home to the birds. You can see the little grebe, little cormorant, Indian darter or the Snake bird, Gray Heron, Pond heron, cattle egret, little egret, painted stork, white necked stork, spoonbill, lesser whistling thrush, Rubby shelduck, Pintail, cotton teal, spotbill, Nukta, Parah kite, shikra, white eyed buzzard, king vulture, white backed vulture, Tawny eagle, white scavenger vulture, Eastrel, Black partridge, Rain Quail, Jungle bush quail, Indian peafowl, Red turtle dove, Indian ring dove, spotted dove, little brown dove and many others.
Two new bird species namely, the white throated ground thrush and the black necked monarch, were discovered in the Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary. Among the wildlife species you can watch Chousingha or the four-horned antelope, Caracal, wild boar, pangolin, leopard, hyena, jackal, fox, jungle cat, porcupine, spotted deer, wild bear, and neelgai are other animals found here. The most famous attraction of the Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is the vegetarian mammal flying squirrel. The best time to visit the sanctuary is in the month from October to February. The sanctuary is open from morning 10am to evening 5pm.
HOW TO REACH
Airways Dabok Airport is the nearest airport in Udaipur which is 145km away.
Railways Pratapgarh is well connected by the rail as the nearest station is Mandsaur and Chittorgarh
Roadways Pratapgarh is well connected by major cities by road. Daily bus services is available to Pratapgarh from Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Banswara and many more.