The Indian subcontinent is substantially rich in biodiversity and Madhya Pradesh takes the lead maintaining 9 National Parks and 25 Sanctuaries. Spread over an area of 10,862 sq. km., its natural reserves provide much needed shelter to the wildlife species which are rapidly losing their natural habitats due to human encroachment and various natural disasters.
Five national parks of the state are managed as project tiger areas. Most of these national parks provide elephant safaris while a couple of them also have boat rides and jeep safaris as well. This ensures that wildlife lovers get to explore the best of nature without causing any harm to it. Below is a glimpse of the richness of Madhya Pradesh’s biodiversity.
Bandhavgarh National Park
It is often said that if you can’t have a glimpse of a tiger during your wildlife safari in Bandhavgarh, then you are not likely to see it anywhere else. Though, it might sound a bit exaggerated, but when a count of around 22-25 tigers resides in this area open to tourists, you are bound to hear such exhilarating statements.
Also, it is the Charger and Seeta, two exceptionally powered and long lived tigers, who got the international acclaim for this park. Apart from the tigers, the 437 sq. km area of this national park is home to 37 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, about 80 species of butterflies and a number of reptiles.
Pench National Park
The plot of Rudyard Kipling’s, The Jungle Book, Pench is another must visit destination during your wildlife tour to India.
Adding both the core area and the buffer zone, this park covers around 758 sq. km. The dense teak mixed forest of this reserve is inhabited by around 25 tigers along with 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles and 3 species of amphibians. The park also shelters around 210 species of birds including the migratory ones and has many never-heard of trees and animals.
Kanha National Park
Apart from sheltering a significant number of animals (black buck, leopards, swamp deer, barking deer) Kanha National Park has also been in the limelight for the preservation of the rare hard ground swamp deer (Barasingha) which was almost on the verge of extinction. It’s dense bamboo covering helps tigers to hide easily. Spotting a python, rat snakes, viper or keelback is a matter of luck though.
Panna National Park
Travelling in the periphery of Panna National Park itself is a rejuvenating experience. The forests of this tiger reserve along with the Ken Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary serve as an ideal wildlife getaway in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from over 200 species of birds, the national park also provides shelter to a good number of animals like tigers, chitals, chinkaras, sloth bears and sambhars.
The park authorities also offer an hour long boat ride which lets you have a glimpse of water predators and other animals around the lake.
Satpura National Park
Dotted by narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests, Satpura National Park is a hotspot for wildlife sighting. This national park covers an area of around 520 sq. and is also a project tiger area. The dense jungle protects chinkara, Indian muntjac, flying squirrel along with an exotic species of birds like hornbills and peafowl.
Jyoti is a traveler by passion and interior designer by profession. She loves to explore different destinations and tries to learn something new from her every visit. When Jyoti is free, she pens down her experiences in the form of blogs and articles.
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