Set amidst a landscape of lush and dense vegetation, the Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary juxtaposes diversity and beauty, adorning the district of Pratapgarh in a glistening habiliment of ornate surrealism.
The gargantuan sanctuary spreads across and expanse of 422.95 sq.km, sweeping away a huge area of the developing district. The region experiences extremities of temperature variation, the winter temperatures dropping to 6 to 14 0 C, in summer, the mercury level soaring up to 30 to 45 0C. The vegetation mainly comprises of dry deciduous forests, as the region receives only 756mm of rainfall over an annual term. The trees that particularly dominate the region include Sheesham, Saalar, Dhaak, Dhonk, Kadamb, Mahua and Imli. A number of rivers, namely Jakham, Karmoi, Sitamata, Budhho and Tankiya slither their way through the forest, complimenting the magnificent beauty of the landscape with their rippling exuberance.
The sanctuary manifests a plethora of rich biodiversity that includes trees of high building value, shrubs and herbs having high medicinal value, a variety of species of migratory as well as resident birds and many more. In fact, many more species of medicinal plants are yet to be discovered in the region, and hence it is an alluring destination for many researchers, and even ornithologists, who are attracted to the diverse avifauna of this place.
The highlight of the sanctuary is the vegetarian mammal flying squirrel, which can be best observed gliding from one tree to another during the February- March period, when the trees shed most of their leaves. The sanctuary also plays host to a number of mammalian species that include the Chousingha, leopard, hyena, jackal, fox, jungle cat, porcupine and many more.
The historical essence of the Sita Mata Wildilfe Sanctuary is of great importance in Indian culture as the place is considered to house the Valimiki Ashram- the birthplace of Luv and Kush, the sons of Lord Rama and Mata Sita.
Royal Rajasthan invites you in its sanctum of solace to experience the joy in its tranquil vigour for yourself, to leave momentarily all the hustle in life and to rejoice in the spirit of living.