Snapshots from Madhya Pradesh’s national parks

Kanha is a famous park to spot tigers on a safari.
Image courtesy: Singinawa Jungle Lodge/Suyash Keshari

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.

 

A great stay option in Kanha is Singinawa Jungle Lodge that brings you close to the jungle experience. It also has a museum celebrating the history of the Gond and Baiga tribes.
Image courtesy: Singinawa Jungle Lodge

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.

Yawning Bengal tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park.
Bandhavgarh is India’s most popular tiger destination.
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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 is dotted with hills and rocky terrains with the Pench River snaking through the reserve.
Image courtesy: Shweta Andrews

Pench National Park

With its stunning landscape and a healthy tiger population, this national park offers many photo opportunities including riverscapes and dappled grasslands.

The Asian paradise flycatcher, state bird of MP, can also be seen at Pench National Park.
Image courtesy: Madhya Pradesh Tourism/ Dilip Kumar
A laden Maruti Gypsy driving down a dirt track on safari.
Apart from jeep safaris, Satpura also offers walking trails.
Image courtesy: Lonely Planet/Philip Lee Harvey

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 by River Ken offers a picturesque jungle experience.
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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.

Monkey and Roe deer in forest.
A spotted deer and langur in Bandhavgarh
Image courtesy: Lonely Planet/Mark Read