“Kanha National Park”, the house of 70 Nagpur Tigers, is a wonderful watch for nature and wildlife lovers. Situated in the district of Kanha, it is a sanctuary for 70 tigers, 22000 deers, around 1400 bisons and many other mammals. The park is situated around 300 km from Raipur, capital of Chattisgarh. The road to the park is bumpy as you cross the borders of Chattisgarh.
Once can easily find myriad of resorts near the park and visitors should plan for one day stay in the park. Best time to reach the park is afternoon, post which one can make a visit to the park in the evening and early in the morning next day. Once can easily view deers grazing the grasslands in groups. The park houses 4 kinds of deers: spotted deer, sambar, barking deer & ….. Barking deers are not easily sighted as they live in the dense jungles in the mountains. Bisons & peacocks can be easily sighted in the jungle. Bison in the picture attached is more than 1000kg and live in groups. A group of female bison is headed by a single male bison. Male bisons need to prove their mettle to head a group.
Sal trees are predominant in the forest. They live for more than for 200 years. The slightly broad ones in the pictures are more than 100 years old. The trees are never cut in the park and nature’s law is followed in the jungle (Survival of the fittest). Ghost trees are also easily seen in the jungle, these trees change their color during their life and one can easily relate it to view of the trees in the horror movies. The park is also doted with many grasslands and ponds.
Majority of the tigers in the park are shy in nature and are media shy, however a few are easily seen with their kids in the park. I could not personally see any one of them and hence was slightly disappointed. Around 100 leopards live in the park. Tigers can range from 120 to 200kg in weight while leopards are smaller in size and weigh around 80 kg. Talking about pugs (impression of Tiger’s paws), one can find many pugs in the park. Each tiger owns a distinct pug mark. Pug Marks easily give out details like gender and age of the tiger and are most widely used method to count the tigers and leopards in the park.
A tiger show filmed by Discovery Channel is also screened in the amphitheatre of the park. A few other facilities in the park include internet facilities, souvenir shops, museums etc. Entrance of the park is flanked by many restaurants and jeeps required to tour the park are also easily available at a rental of 1500 and 1000 INR per trip. Tour guides are mandatory for the trips who charge you a fee of INR 150 per trip.
Overall it was a wonderful experience and a recommend to all nature and wildlife lovers.
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