Kanha National Park  
Barasingha

The Kanha National Park, in Madhya Pradesh, forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974, under Project Tiger. Stretching over 940 sq km, the vegetation, chiefly made of sal and bamboo forests, grasslands and streams, this park is the sole habitat of the rare hardground barasingha. 

The forests of the Banjar valley and Halon valley, respectively forming Kanha's western and eastern halves, had even , at the turn of the century, been famous for their deer and tiger population. By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a string of stringent conservation programmes have been launched, for the overall protection of the park's fauna and flora. It is one of the most well-maintained National Parks in Asia, and a major attraction for avid wildlife buffs all over the world. 

Kanha boasts of about 22 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the largest of the world's cattle; the sambar, the largest Indian deer; and the chausingha, the only four-horned antelope in the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional panther. Some 200 species of birds inhabit the park, that include the cattle egret, black ibis, hawk eagle, and the red-wattled lapwing. Shravantal is an old, earthenbound tank in the central Kanha meadows, which happens to be an important watering hole, for a large number of water fowl in winter. Bamni Dadar, known as Sunset Point, is the most beautiful section of the park, and the view of the sunset from this spot is absolutely mesmerising. Quite a few animals can be sighted around this area which include the sambar, gaur, the four-horned antelope and the barking deer. 

Blackbuck 

The barasingha is undoubtedly, the jewel of Kanha, and drastic steps have been taken to rescue it from complete extinction. The enlargement of the grasslands, through village reallocation, has been responsible for this impressive achievement. Barasinghas exist almost totally on grass, and tall grass meadows are essential for their security. At the height of winter, between December and January, falls the rutting season of these animals, and huge groups can be easily spotted in the Kanha and Sonph meadows. A small, but significant number of blackbucks also inhabit the central Kanha meadow.

But for all the astonishing diversity in its wildlife population, Kanha is best known as the habitat of the tiger. Sighting and photographing this magnificent animal from elephant back, is an unforgettable experience. It was here that the first ever scientific study of the tiger was undertaken by the great zoologist George Schaller. 

M P S T D C jeeps are available on hire for touring the park. For tiger-tracking, elephants are used. Forest Department guides accompany visitors around the park on circuits, which enable the latter to view a good cross-section of the abundant wildlife. 

When to visit 
The park is closed from July 1 to October 31, because of the heavy monsoon. The ideal time to visit Kanha would be the period between February and June. A stay of at least 3 nights is recommended, in order, to get a really good sighting of Kanha's more elusive animals. 

 

North East India Wildlife Tour

Duration: 22 Nights / 23 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi " Sariska " Jaipur " Ranthambore " Bharatpur " Agra " Khajuraho " Bandhavgarh " Kanha " Nagpur " Bhubaneshwar " Kolkata " Guwahati " Kaziranga " Guwahati " Delhi

North East India Wildlife Tour

Duration: 22 Nights / 23 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi > Sariska > Jaipur > Ranthambore > Bharatpur > Agra > Khajuraho > Bandhavgarh > Kanha > Nagpur > Bhubaneshwar > Kolkata > Guwahati > Kaziranga > Guwahati > Delhi

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi

On the first day of North East India Wildlife Tour itinerary with Indian Tours Catalogue, arrive at the international airport of Delhi. You will here meet our company representatives. They will further help you to get transferred to the hotel.

Get fresh and enjoy the sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi. In New Delhi, you will visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is the official residence of the President of India. See India Gate-42 meters high memorial arch, Qutub Minar-a tall edifice dating 12th century, Humayun's Tomb-mid-16th century and Lotus Temple--the famous lotus shaped temple. In Old Delhi, you will see the world renowned massive Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat--the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of nation. Tour the busy and bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk on an exciting Cycle Rickshaw ride. It is a main shopping street of Old Delhi and a vigorous shopping bazaar.

Day 02: Delhi - Sariska National Park

Take your breakfast in the Delhi hotel. Proceed on a drive to the famous Sariska Tiger Reserve famous for its tiger population. Arrive and check in to a resort.

Covering an area of about 766 sq kms, Sariska is set on sharp hill cliffs and narrow Aravalli valleys. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an exciting safari to view wildlife. Sariska is home to several breeds of animals such as, Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Wild Dog, Jackal, Hyena, Wild Boar, Sambar, Nilgai, Chitel, Rhesus Monkeys, Langur and Chausingha.

The avian world is also rich in Sariska. You can see the varied bird life, including Peafowl, Bush Quail, Grey Partridge, Tree Pie, Sand Grouse, Crested Serpent Eagle, Golden backed Wood Pecker and the Great Indian Horned Owl. Stay overnight at the Resort. In Sariska you can also see some unique architecture of the Kankwari Fort, ancient Shiva Temples and a Palace built by the Maharaja of Alwar

Day 03: Sariska - Jaipur

Take lunch in Sariska resort and drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan in west India. En-route you will visit the popular and splendid Amber Fort, set on the border of the Jaipur city. Reach Jaipur and check in the hotel.

Get fresh and get ready to enjoy your sightseeing city tour of Jaipur. Visit the famous Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory and the shopping markets of Jaipur. Stay overnight at the Jaipur hotel.

Day 04: Jaipur - Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
In the morning, take a drive to Sawai Madhopur, the spot famous for the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Reach here and check in the resort.

Ranthambore National Park is spread over in the total area of 392 sq kms. It is perhaps the finest example of Project Tiger, an initiative of India Government. It is the best place to see tiger at their
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