On the way to Tadoba National Park, which has become my second home, I have come across the signage ‘Tipeshwar’. Not that it caught my fancy really; it is like one of the tea stalls one comes across on the highway, always at the back of the mind even though it’s nothing special. Tipeshwar radiated that feel until my ‘forest driver’ started drowning me with tales of the place to the point I scheduled a visit.
Buckled up around the hills of the Pandharkawada district, the sanctuary is spread over 148km. Like most forests in the region, the etymology of ‘Tipeshwar’ is rooted in mythology — it’s named after goddess Tipai to whom a temple has been dedicated, sitting atop a hill inside the sanctuary.