The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book”. Kanha is one of India’s largest national parks, covering 1 945 km², and is located in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura Hills range in the south eastern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Park has beautiful areas of sal forests, large bamboo stretches and lush green meadows.
SAFARI – Various efforts to increase general awareness about nature conservation.
We are expected to use all of our senses during park safari. Watching animals is one thing, calls of deers, humming insects, songs of bird, fragrance of plants, crawling of reptiles on fallen dry-leaves is unique experience. At the same time signs and road-side markers, pugmarks, scratch-marks of trees are also some unique seen of jungle and deserves to be captured in camera. So in a sum-up we can say we should keep all our senses open and active and not to allow any movement un-scanned.
These are the marks by tiger. Whenever any other tiger enters his territory, he has to put the mark on the tree and if he doesn’t, there is a war. Whoever wins takes the territory. I wonder how the king takes care of his territory. Reminded me of the movie “TROY”.
CHECKLIST OF MAMMELS IN KANHA NATIONAL PARK :
TIGER SIGHTING: During our visit we had 4 private jeep safaris booked. We had perfect tiger sightings first day itself during our stay and had some excellent close up photos. We also saw an Indian gaur, deer (3 types), wild boar and lots of birds. And my heart skipped a beat when I saw tiger crossing the road. We were on an open jeep. But as told by guide, they are not going to harm you unless you harm them.
The probability of sighting a tiger is high during the months of April, May and June for the simple reason that water availability across jungle is limited (man made artificial water holes in most forests)and the tiger comes to the water body to quench its thirst. However the temperature can be high.
PEACOCK DANCE : Everywhere nature is an untold mystery and a wonder for all. One such gift of nature is to watch the awesome dance of the peacock.
DEER WATCHING: Like the mule deer, they are found in elevation areas. Each year, male deer re-grow their antlers. They are browsers and can be found eating grasses, leaves, wildflowers, twigs and buds from various trees. Mule deer play an important role in the wildlife food chain. They are the primary prey of mountain lions. Mule deer also can be taken by coyotes and bobcats. Unfortunately several also fall victim each year to a mechanized predator, the automobile.
Once we entered the reserve, realized why Rudyard Kipling was so inspired to write the Jungle Book. A beautiful jungle, very well maintained with utmost care and priority to the wildlife. Great flora and fauna. A well maintained national park. The entry, guides allocation and speed of security clearance before entering the park were well organized and speedy. The roads inside the park were well kept and regular shrub clearance and control. Plenty of rangers and trackers visibly seen working. The meadows and grass lands and water holes were well marked and easily accessed. We enjoyed our three days of safari in this peaceful park and found the drivers and guides to be very knowledgeable.
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