India is a land of diverse cultures and is also popular for its wide range of forest reserves. In other words, India is a land that can enthrall the senses of any nature lover and wildlife enthusiast. The local culture in the surrounding areas of these forests can aesthetically appeal to the travelers. Moreover, if an individual is a wildlife enthusiast, then he or she would enjoy the friendly company of the locals. The Kanha National Park best exudes this travel philosophy. The lush bamboo forests and sal tress augurs for a perfect setting of a wildlife setting, and the Kanha National Park is never short of these type of scenic beauty. On the other hand, it is quite an interesting fact to notice that the lush green meadows of the Kanha National Park provided ample inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel, “Jungle Book.”
The landmark achievement of the Kanha National Park lies in the fact that it is a rare wildlife sanctuary that is best known as the preservation ground for the Swamp Deer which is also known as the Barasingha. In other words, it can be said that this park has saved this breed of deer from near extinction. Another popular way to recognize Kanha National Park is the presence of stringent conservation programs. These strict conservation programs are created to protect the overall flora and fauna of the Kanha National Park.
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A brief overview of the Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park is situated in the Satpura Mountains. The name of the range in which this wildlife sanctuary is situated is also known by the name of Maikal. On the other hand, this mountain range is also known as the central Indian highlands. The Kanha National Park is also famous for the Tiger Reserve that is located within its boundaries. Another interesting fact about this park is that it is spread across two revenue districts in the form of Kalaghat and Mandala. It came to be known as a reserve forest in the year 1879. Moreover, it was revalued as a wildlife park in 1933.
The Kanha National Park spans across a vast area of 940 square kilometers. Additionally, by adding up the buffer and core zone, the present day Kanha National Park spans across a total land area of 2000 square kilometers. The surrounding meadows and landscapes project luxury and comfort. With the beautiful surroundings, it can be ensured that the wildlife enthusiasts would have a gala time. Besides, that one can easily rest in the comfort of many tree houses in the surrounding areas. The crystal clear stream that flows through the Kanha National Park renders the area a divine beauty which a true nature lover cannot forget in many years.
Moreover, the Kanha National Park is the home for a wide variety of creatures. If someone wants to go out on a safari in this park, their experience would be worth every penny spent. It is home to the mighty Tigers and as well as many varieties of Barasinghas. Another notable fact about this wildlife park lies in the fact that it has a well-developed infrastructure that was difficult to find in other parts of India and it also can compete with the likes of many advanced wildlife sanctuaries all over the world.
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The prospect of Jeep Safari at the Kanha National Park
The open jeep safaris are the perfect way to observe the lush green surroundings of the Kanha National Park. Besides, that one can also witness a significant number of fauna by taking part in the jeep safaris. The four into four vehicles comprised of tourists and a naturalist are being permitted to the insides of the Kanha National Park at fixed timings. Another interesting thing about the jeep safari is that it has to follow a fixed route and has to leave the premises of the Kanha National Park by a set time. It is truly a worthwhile experience for the likes of wildlife photographers and enthusiasts to take pictures of the big cats. AS the jeep follows a fixed route, these wild beasts are not perturbed by the human presence in their territories.
In the Kanha National Park, jeep safari is permitted for a maximum of 2 times a day. The jeep safaris take place once in the early mornings and once in the late afternoons. Moreover, before entering into the exclusive Kanha National Park, a visitor has to complete various paper works like naturalist details, vehicle details, and visitor’s details. Besides that, the authorities in the Kanha National Park always lay stress on driving the Jeep at low speeds. Moreover, getting close to a wild animal is strictly prohibited, and a certain amount of penalty is being imposed on those who are found to breach the rules of the park.
The vivid varieties of fauna in the Kanha National Park
The Kanha National Park is home to both herbivorous and carnivorous animals. Wide varieties of animals can be discovered in this reserved forest. The main species of mammals include tigers, chital, barking deer and the list goes on and on. The most notable animal species is the tiger. Photographing a Kanha National Park is one of the prized possessions of the wildlife enthusiasts. Among reptiles, the most common species are the python, the Indian Cobra, Indian Krait, and Vipers. The Kanha National Park has around 350 species of birds, and their lively chirping can cast a spell of melody on the minds of the wildlife enthusiasts. Thousands of bird enthusiasts and ornithologists flock this place for a dose of hefty bird watching. The bamboo forests and the surrounding areas near the stream are perfect for bird watching. A large number of trees are also present that further enriches the beauty of this place.
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