With nine national parks and 25 wildlife sanctuaries, Madhya Pradesh is one of the best places in the country to spot the elusive tiger. The big national park loop of Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Satpura is one of the most popular wildlife circuits in the country. These national parks are home to tigers, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, wild boars , jackals, dholes and many species of birds. No other testimony works better to describe this stunning lush region, other than the fact that it sparked the writing of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’.
If you’re still in two minds about planning a wildlife trip to Madhya Pradesh, these pictures may help you make up your mind.
Kanha National Park
Kanha dons the hat of being the largest national park in the state. Apart from the tiger, look out for rare species like barasingha (hard ground swamp deer) and more than 300 types of birds.
Bandhavgarh National Park
The highlight here is the Royal Bengal tiger and a couple of days in the country’s top tiger playground should result in a sighting.
Pench National Park
With its stunning landscape and a healthy tiger population, this national park offers many photo opportunities including riverscapes and dappled grasslands.
Satpura National Park
The charm of this national park is that you can walk through it. The only one in the country that offers a walking safari.
Panna National Park
The ghariyals (crocodiles) in the Ken River that flows for over 72km inside the park are unique to this national park, making the experience more interesting.