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WILD MADHYA PRADESH

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Location : Shahdol and Jabalpur districts

Area : 1161.471 sq. km

Uniqueness : A chain of smaller hills, 32 in all, surrounds this hill, forming a number of valleys and spurs interspersed with low lying areas, such as Chakradhara, Rajbahera, Sehra-Dadra, Bhitri bah, Kolua bah etc. Since the main formation is of sandstone, water percolates through it forming a number of perennial streams and springs. The hills are mainly flat topped. The meadows in certain areas are marshy.

Flora : Sal, Saja, Dhauda, Tendu, Arjun, Aonla, Pals, Salai, Bhirra, Khamer, Dhaman, Mango, Jamun, Bamboo, etc.

Fauna : Spotted deer or Chital, Sambar, Barking deer or Muntjac, Chausinga or Four-horned antilope, Nilgai or Blue bull, Indian Gazel or chinkara and Tiger, Leopard, wild dog or Dhole, Wolf, Scavangers consists of Hyena, jackal, Wild boar, Sloth bear, Common Langur, Rhesus monkey etc.

Accessibility : By Rail: The nearest railway stations near Bandhavgarh are Jabalpur (164 km), Katni (102 km) on the Central Railway and Umaria (35 km) on the South Eastern Railway. By Air: The most convenient route to Bandhavgarh is by air to Khajuraho from where it is a five-hour drive (237 km). By Road: Nearby Excursions: Bandhavgarh fort, Shiv Purana Nearby Cities: Umaria.

Season : November to June

Madhav National Park

Location : Shivpuri District

Area : 157 sq km

Uniqueness : The Park area was a hunting & Entertainment resort of the old Gwalior. In the Central region of the Park "George Castle' was constructed at the highest point of the Park for the King George the Fifth for hunting purpose.

Flora : Acacia catechu (Khair), Kerdhai, Dhawda, Tendu, Palash etc

Fauna : Tiger, Leopard, Chital, Sambhar, Blue bull, Chinkara Four horned Antelope (Chousingha), Wild boar, Monkey etc.

Accessibility : BY AIR: Nearest Airport is Gwalior. BY RAIL: Nearest Railway Station is Jhansi. & Gwalior. BY ROAD: Nearest Bus stands is Shivpuri

Season : Throughout the year.

Sanjay National Park

Location : Sidhi District

Area : 1471 Sq.Km

Uniqueness : Sanjay National Park houses a wide variety of wildlife and birds including some of the rare and endangered species and has great potential to emerge as one of the finest wildlife destinations in central India.
Flora : Sal, Saja, Tendu, Dhawda,Haldu etc.

Fauna : Tiger, Panther, Sambhar, Blue Bull, Chousingha, Cheetal, Gour, Bear, and many species of birds may also be seen here

Accessibility : Nearest Aerodrome is Banaras (U.P.). BY RAIL: Nearest Railway Station is Rewa. BY ROAD: Nearest Bus stand is Sidhi

Season : October to June.

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Location : Mandla & Balaghat districts

Area : 1945 sq. km

Uniqueness : The Reserve is an excellent interspersion of the Dadars (flat hill tops), grassy expanses, dense forests and riverine forests. It is very rich in flora, largely due to the combination of landforms and soil types, apart from the moist character of the region the rich habitat diversity of the Reserve supports a wide range of wildlife species along with innumerable lesser life forms, and is the sanctum sanctorum of many typical Central Indian fauna.
Flora : Sal, Saja, Lendia, Dhawa, Tendu, Palas, Bija, Mahua, Aonla, Achar and Bamboo etc. Besides, there are many species of climbers, forbs and grass

Fauna : Chital , Sambar , Barasingha , Barking deer , Chousingha , Gaur , Langur , Wild pig , Jackal, Sloth bear, Wild dog, Panther, Tiger, Python, Indian Cobra, Russells Viper, Indian Krait, Common Rat Snake, Common Skink, Indian Monitor, Fan Throated Lizard and Indian Garden Lizard etc, Giant Danio, Common Rasbora, Mud Perches, Brown Snakehead and Green Snakehead etc. The Reserve supports around 300 species of birds.

Accessibility : By Air: Nagpur (266 km) is the nearest airport. It is connected by Indian Airlines flights with Mumbai. By Rail: Jabalpur (175 km) is the convenient railhead to visit Kanha. By Road: Kanha National Park is connected by road with Jabalpur (175 km), Khajuraho (445 km), Nagpur (266 km), Mukki (25 km), and Raipur (219 km).

Season : April to June and November to January

Panna Tiger Reserve

Location : Panna and Chhatarpur districts

Area : 542.67 sq. km

Uniqueness : One of the most significant ecological aspects of the Reserve is that the district Panna makes the northern most boundary of natural distribution of teak and the eastern limits of teak-kardhai mixed forests.
Flora : Tectona grandis, Diospyrous melanoxylon, Madhuca indica, Buchanania tanzan, Anogeissus latifolia, Anogeissus pendula, Lannea coromandalica, Boswellia serrata, Acacia catechu, Zizyphus spp., Aegle marmelos, Butea monosperma and Gardenia spp.

Fauna : Tiger, Jungle Cat, Leopard, Hyena, Wild Dog, Wolf, Sloth Bear, Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chausinga, Porcupine, Jungle Cat, Rusty Spotted Cat, Hare, Ratel and Tree Shrew

Accessibility : By Rail: Satna, at a distance of around 90 km, is the nearest railway station. It is a major railway hub and is connected to many places in central and western India, the most important of them being Mumbai at a distance of 1,540 km. By Air: The nearest airport is at Khajuraho at a distance of around 57 km from the Panna National Park. There are daily Alliance Air flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Varanasi from Khajuraho. By Road: The Park is well connected with the other parts of the region by a good network of roads. Distances of some important places in India from the Panna National Park are Khajuraho 57 km, Bhopal 727 km, Delhi 889 km, Chennai 1761, and Calcutta 1040 km.

Season : November to April

Satpuda National Park & Tiger Reserve

Location : Hoshangabad Circle

Area : 524. Sq. Km

Uniqueness : The Tiger reserve encompasses Bori Wildlife Sanctuary and Pachmarhi wildlife Sanctuary. While Bori is the oldest forest reserve in India and Panchmari is the only hill station of central India. Panchmari has numerous panoramic view points and waterfalls and has long been a pilgrimage centre for Worshippers of Shiva,especially for people from Vidharbha region of Maharasta. The scenic splendour of the Pachmarhi hill is unmatched by any formation for and wide.The forest department of M.P. was essentially born here when the soldier turned forester captain's James forsyth constructed the Bison lodge in 1862.
Flora : Sal,Teak, Tendu, Aonla, Mahua, Bel, Bamboo etc.

Fauna : Tiger, Panther, Sambhar, Chital, Bhedki, Blue Bull, Four-horned antelope, Chinkara, Bision (Gour),Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Bear, Black buck, Fox, Porcupine, Flying squirrel, Mouse deer, Indian giant squirrel etc. and various species Birds may also be seen there.

Accessibility : BY AIR: Nearest Aerodromes are Bhopal, Nagpur, and Jabalpur. BY RAIL: Nearest Railway Station are Hoshangabad, Itarsi and Pipariya. BY ROAD: Nearest Bus stand is Pachmarhi

Season : November to June