A little-known corner of Maharashtra boasts of lovely forests and the Melghat Tiger Reserve
Located about 100km north of Amravati, Chikhaldara is a charming hill station in the Vidarbha region. Perched at a height of 1,088 meters above sea level, Chikhaldara is surrounded on three sides by the Melghat Project Tiger area. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (maharashtratourism.gov.in) has introduced several tours to make the site more popular. All of these tours begin from the MTDC Tourist Lodge. The five-hour-long Chikhaldara to Melghat Jungle Safari (Rs3,500 per head per trip) runs twice daily, at 5.30 am and 2pm. The tarriff includes the drive, entry fees and forest guide fees. The two-and-a-half-hour-long Sunset Jungle Safari (Rs2,000 per head) runs from at 4pm at Verat. You can also take the local sightseeing tour, which covers Sunset Point, Devi Point, Gavilgad Fort, Mozari Point, Bhimkund, Panchbol Point (Eco Point), Garden Point and Hariken Point. The nearly three-hour-long trip costs Rs 1,500 per head.