Spanning about 200 hectares across The Nagzira wildlife sanctuary, in Maharashtra’s Gondia district is the Medicinal Plants Conservation Area. It is located 125km from Nagpur, and has been now closed to the public and tourists. Authorities plan to fence the preserved area and also to dig trenches to guard the place.

Established in 2002, the MPCA’s main focus is to conserve medicinal plants, develop nurseries with help from locals and to allow these plants to be sold outside. Some of the rare medicinal plant species growing in the area are satavari, nirguli, jaswand, sitafal, deoparas, appalsari, kelati, godaful, safed kanda and gokarn.