The Kanha National park, MP – Central India. Rudyard Kipling fell in love with this national park. Open 15th October to 30th June of next year.

Kanha National Park and TigerReserve.

PIOCS Courtesy: www.kanhanationalpark.com

PIOCS Courtesy: www.kanhanationalpark.com

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India is a country of various hues and colors; it has more than 720 dialects and 13 distinct scripts with 22 recognized languages spoken all over the country. Folklore had it earlier that the form of the language varied every four kilometers.

However, we may assume that to be only a stretch of the uninformed imagination of the ignorant and the pretenders. A vast majority speak Hindi with a sizable number of those who speak English.

In many ways, we detect similarities between India and the Philippines since both countries have been fighting adversities and circumstances.

As far as the natural wealth is concerned, it is a sad tale of disdain and a selfish, uncaring attitude. Everyone with some stature and able to afford a gun would indiscriminately hunt wildlife and flaunt his prey

The lateral expansion of the humans resulted in shrinking of the animal habitat areas.
But, who do we blame for the plunder of this nation’s natural wealth? The question may be quite difficult to answer, surely.

However, better sense has prevailed due to the efforts of the WWF and other agencies. Conservation efforts have been fruitful and the hapless endangered species have a real chance to survive.

Due to the joint efforts of various NGOs and government agencies, we now have substantial control over the wildlife of our countries. Thus, the lovely flora and fauna escapes extinction.

Therefore, our future generations will enjoy the beautiful and unique sights of nature live.
The Indian government did wake up to the situation and today we have 515 wildlife sanctuaries that provide protection and safe breeding space to these animals that require your help in surviving.

We are now spending on vast projects like:
• Protected areas,
• Tiger reserves,
• Aquariums,
• National parks, and
• Bird sanctuaries.

These facilities possess the complete infrastructure to accommodate birds and reptiles that require protection.

So, we have developed these facilities just for your entertainment and relaxation.
The Kanha National park, MP.
Situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, it is one of those Tiger reserves that inspire the lovers of nature and form an unbreakable bond with the nature lovers who keep returning.

Its beauty is so larger than life that even Rudyard Kipling fell in love with it; the result was the epic thriller Jungle Book.
About
Kanha National park happens to be the most visitor-friendly sanctuary that provides the best experience to the visitors. It preserves the bio-diversity and the wildlife to prevent poaching and illegal trade in Animal products.

Kanha’s beauty remains its constant feature and it is spread over 1945 sq Km which has a vast area of grasslands and meadows that are the haunt of the varieties of the Tiger, Barasingha, Chital, Blackbuck, Sambhar and swamp deer that are quite commonly available.

Founded in the year 1955 through promulgation of a law; its specific purpose, providing protection to some endangered species in addition to others.

Kanha is made up of grasslands as far as the eye can see merging with dense forests of bamboo and teak.

This dense expanse is also home to the Royal Bengal Tiger and many other species while the river Surpan passes through it; the scenic plateau lends it the beauty that it is famous for.
Fauna

While even an expert may find it difficult to put the finger on a specific number, suffice it to say that there are hundreds of species of birds, animals and reptiles in Kanha National park.

The main attractions are:
• Royal Bengal Tiger is found here abundantly and there are about 150 head roaming around in this project that was declared as a Tiger reserve in 1974,
• Bison,
• Barasingha (Rescued from extinction). This is the true representative
along with the Indian wild dog and the Swamp dear.
• Chital,
• Neelgaay,
• Gaur,
• Barking deer,
• Black deer,
• Black buck,
• Chousingha,
• Mouse deer,
• Sloth bear,
• Jackal fox,
• Porcupine,
• Hyena,
• Jungle cat,
• Pythons,
• Mongoose,
• Leopards.

The list is endless; the same applies to birds with the main varieties being:
• Storks,
• Egrets,
• Kingfishers,
• Owls,
• Finches,
• Peacocks,
• Jungle fowls and many more.
Climate
The tropical climate provides cold winters and hot summer.
Summer: April to June
Winter: October to March
Monsoon: July to September
The average rainfall: 100 cm to 150 cm
Temperatures: Maximum 43*C Minimum: 01*C
The best period to visit: October to March.
Safaris
OCTOBER TO JANUARY
Morning: 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening: 02:30 PM to 05:30 PM
FEBRUARY TO JUNE
Morning: 06:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Evening: 03:30 PM to 06:30 PM
JEEP SAFARI FEE
The fees for all the four zones is about INR 6500 for 6 persons (might have been revised). Children below 5 years of age are allowed free.
GETTING THERE
The Kanha National Park is easily accessible by almost all modes of transport as follows:
By air
Jabalpur Airport is 180 Km from the park
Nagpur Airport is about 300 Km away
Raipur Airport is about 250 Km away
By Rail
Jabalpur Railway Station is 180 Km away and is connected by the Indian Railways network to all parts of the country.
By Road
The roads in India are now very well-developed particularly on the highways. Now, it is very easy to get an inter-city air-conditioned bus run by the government and the private operators.
NOTE:
1. There are entry fees on per head basis; they range from INR 100 to INR 1000 (about US $15). Visitors may kindly check. Foreigners are charged more.
2. The Kanha National Park opens every year to admit visitors from 15th October to 30th of June next year.

Happy travelling!

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Umrao Singh
umraoz.wordpress.com
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
www.thephilippinepride.com
Monday, April 17, 2017

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