Relish the charm of wildlife in the Heart of India

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Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh is a small and compact national park teeming with wildlife. The park is the original home of the white tigers. This park boasts of the highest density of the tiger population in India. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951.This white tiger, Mohun, is now stuffed and on display in the palace of the Maharajas of Rewa. Bandhavgarh is densely populated with other species: sambar and barking deer are a common sight, and nilgai are to be seen in the more open areas of the park.

Covering 448 sq km, Bandhavgarh is situated in Umaria district. At the center of the park is Bandhavgarh hill - surrounding it are a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys. These valleys end in small, swampy meadows, locally known as ‘bohera’. The lowest point in the park is at Tala (440 metres above MSL).
What to See: Bandhavgarh Fort, Flora & Fauna

Wildlife: There are more than 22 species of mammals & 250 species of birds.
Wildlife viewing: There are two main ways of getting about in the park- in a motor vehicle or on elephant back. Jeep safaris are best undertaken from dawn until about 10 am and from about 4 pm until dusk, as the animals are most active during these periods.

How to reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is at Jabalpur (190 km). From Khajuraho (237 km),
Bandavgarh is a five-hour drive via Panna, Satna & Maihar across stretches of the Vindhyachal.
By Rail: The nearest railway stations near Bandhavgarh are Jabalpur (190 km) , Katni(102km) & Satna (120 km) on the Central Railway & Umaria(35km) on the South Eastern Railway.
By Road: State/Private transport buses ply between Katni & Umaria and from Satna & Rewa to Tala (Bandhavgarh). Best Season: Mid October to June.

Kanha National Park: call of the wild
Kanha’s sal & bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor. Kanha National Park forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hard ground Barasingha. Kanha National Park came into being by a spe.

What to see:
The best areas are the meadows around Kanha, where blackbuck, chital & barasingha can be seen throughout the day.
Bamni Dadar: Known as Sunset Point, this is one of the most beautiful areas of the park, from where a spectacular sunset can be watched.The dense luxuriance of Kanha’s forests can best be seen from here. Animals that can be sighted around this point are typical of the mixed forest zone.

Mammalian species: Kanha has some 22 species of mammals. Less commonly seen species are tiger, Indian hare, dhole or Indian wild dog, barking deer and Indian bison or gaur. Best Season: Mid-October to June.
 
How to reach:
Khatia (3km from Kisli) & Mukki are the two main entry points to the Kanha National Park.
By Air- Nearest airports are at Jabalpur (160 km) and Raipur (240 km) and Nagpur (335 km).
By Rail: Convenient railheads are at Jabalpur & Bilaspur.
By Road: There is a daily bus service available for Kisli & Mukki from Jabalpur & back. Taxis are available for hire from Jabalpur,Bilaspur and Raipur. It is advisable to reach Kisli before sunset as vehicles are not permitted within the park after dark.

Panna National Park: a trust with nature
Panna National Park is located in Panna District. It was created in 1981. It was declared as a Project Tiger Reserve in 1994. The National Park consists of areas from the former Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1975. The sanctuary comprised of territorial forests of the present North and South Panna Forest Division to which a portion of the adjoining Chhatarpur forest division was added later. The reserved forests of the Park in Panna district and some protected forests bordering Chhatarpur were the hunting preserves of the erstwhile rulers of Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar princely states in the past. The location of the National Park is crucial as it is situated at a point where the continuity of the forest belt, which starts from Cape Comorin in the south, is broken and from there beyond, the great Gangetic plains begin. This area is also the northern most tips of the natural teak forests and the eastern most tips of the natural Kardhai (Anogeissus pendula) forests. The Ken River, which flows through the reserve from south to north, is home for Gharial and Mugger. Ken offers some of the most spectacular scenery to the visitor while it meanders for some 55 km through the reserve.

Wildlife
Tiger(Panthera tigris tigris), the king of the jungle, roams freely in this secure habitat along with his fellow creatures like leopard, wild dog, wolf, hyena and caracal and smaller cats. Sloth bear has his most favourite home in the rock escarpments and undisturbed vales. The wooded areas are dotted with sambar- the largest of Indian deers, chital and chowsingha. One can easily see nilgai and chinkara in most open areas in the grasslands, especially on the periphery. Varieties of snakes, including the python and other reptiles are also found here. The avifauna comprises more than 200 species including a host of migratory birds. One can see White Necked Stork, Bar Headed Goose, Honey Buzzard, King Vulture, Blossom Headed Parakeet, Paradise Flycatcher, Slaty Headed Scimitar Babbler to name a few.

Other attractions
Fort of Ajaygarh- Built in 1765 AD by the nephew of the Maharaja of Jaitpur, the fort is situated at a height of 800ft.
Mahamati Prannathji Mandir: It is one of the most revered pilgrim places for the Pranami sect followers the world over.
Pandav falls: Located on Panna road, these falls are about 34 km away from Khajuraho and 7 km from Madla.
National Museum: It was established in 1988. It has a remarkable collection of icons and coins.
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest airport is Khajuraho.
By Rail- Nearest railhead is Khajuraho (46 km) and Satna(74 km).
By Road- Panna is well-connected with bus network, Khajuraho to Madla(25 km), Satna to Madla (90 km) and Panna to Madla(19 km).

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