Navegaon National Park
Going back in times to around 1300 CE, this area was under the rule of the Gond tribal kings. King Dalpatshah and his visionary queen Durgavati saw the importance of agriculture for supporting the livelihood of the local communities. However, they realised that they couldn’t depend on the erratic rain fall alone for irrigation. They thus started the process of building innumerable water bodies and lakes all around. What we see today is a Gondia district that can easily be called the lake district of India. All these lakes today are excellent habitats for migratory and resident water birds. Many also support diverse animal life too. In fact the lakes of Gondia district are also the home to a strong population of the elegant saras crane, the largest member of the crane family.