Formerly a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa, this national park is world-renowned as a tiger reserve. The Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is a beautiful forest with wildlife and vegetation in abundance. Bandhavgarh is known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world and the frequent sightings of royal tigers make this national park a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts. In 2012, around 44-49 tigers were living in the park. There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of avifauna.
Best Time: February to June (1 July to 15 October, the park is closed)
15 Oct to 15 Feb: Morning- 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM; Evening- 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
16 Feb to 31 March: Morning- 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM; Evening- 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1 April to 30 June: Morning- 5:30 AM - 10:00 AM; Evening- 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Best Time: October to June
A delightful town situated in the district of Mandla, Kanha National park in Madhya Pradesh is the haven of exceptional wild animals including the majestic Indian tiger. Wide-open grass plains with a backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered bamboo forests play host to a wide variety of wildlife and a diverse birdlife with over 300 species recorded. The present-day area stretches over the 940-kilometre square which is divided into two sanctuaries: Hallon and Banjar. Located in a central region of Madhya Pradesh it is the largest National Park in central India and has been ranked as one of the best parks in Asia. Among the 22 species of large mammals, the royal Bengal tigers are a major attraction.
Best Time: February to June; the park remains closed during the monsoon months
Safari Timings: Twice a day, depends on sunrise and sunset. Safaris are avoided in the harsh sun.
Best Time: October to June
With the majestic Pench river flowing through the greens and a variety of wildlife to be spotted in the rocky terrains, Pench National Park served as an inspiration for the famous novel 'The Jungle Book'. Home to a variety of flora and fauna, Pench is one of the most popular national parks in Madhya Pradesh. The serene surroundings of rich woody forests with the occasional sightings of wild animals make this national park an ideal tourist spot.
Best Time: October to June; the park remains closed during the monsoon months
Morning: 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Night: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Safari Cost: INR 6500 for a jeep with 6 people
Best Time: October to June
The Guru Ghasidas National Park is a beautifully protected reserve stretched into an area of 1440.71 sq kilometres. It is located in the Koriya district of Chhattisgarh and was initially a part of the Sanjay National Park in Madhya Pradesh. However, after the formation of Chhattisgarh, 60% of the park landed in the Koriya district and this part was renamed Guru Ghasidas National Park.
Morning: 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM; Evening: 2:30 PM - 7:00 PM.
The 5th tiger reserve of Madhya Pradesh and the 22nd of India, Panna National Park is located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts. Known worldwide for its plentiful wildlife and avifauna, the national park covers an area of around 542.67 km square. Panna Tiger Reserve rewarded with the Award of Excellence in the year 2007. The park is famous for its attractions like wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope. It is also an abode for more than 200 species of birds.
Best Time: December to March
Summer- Morning: Sunrise - 11:00 AM; Evening: 3:00 PM - Sunset
Winter- Morning: Sunrise - 11:00 AM; Evening: 4:00 PM - Sunset
Spread over a sprawling area of 157 sq km in the district of Shivpuri, is the Madhav National Park. It is one of the major wildlife parks in the district. Blessed with perennial carpeting of the conifers and the squeaky cleanliness in air, this park boasts of some of the most exquisite species like the little Chinkara, the Indian gazelle, and the Chital, Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha or four-horned Antelope, Blackbuck, Sloth Bear, Leopard and the omnipresent common Langur.
Timings: 6:30 AM - 10:00 AM; 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
The Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh is an exclusive and pristine landscape that has been preserved primarily for the protection of flora and fauna. This park was the winner of the TOFT Wildlife Tourism Award for the most visitor-friendly wildlife destinations in the year 2010. Located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in India, the park spreads over an area of 202 square miles and gets its name from the Satpura Hill ranges, or Mahadeo hills.
Best Time: October to April; The park remains closed from 1 July to 30 September
Morning: 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM; Evening: 3:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Located in the city of lakes, Bhopal, Van Vihar is a national park in Madhya Pradesh and a zoological park that operates under the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority. It is located just adjacent to the Upper Lake in Bhopal, near Shymala Hills. The animals here are kept closest to their natural habitats, making it a haven for people who love nature. You can spot a vast variety of animals including leopards, cheetah, Neelgai, panthers, etc. as well as birds such as kingfishers, bulbuls, wagtails, and some migratory species. The total area of the park is 4.45 sq.km.
Best Time: July - September when the chances of seeing a white tiger are the highest
Timings: 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM; Friday closed
The Mandla Plant Fossils National Park in Madhya Pradesh has plant fossils preserved from 40 million and 150 million years ago. These fossils are spread across an area of 274,100 square metres which spans seven neighbourhood villages.
There are some stunning national parks in Madhya Pradesh for the wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike. Which of these place are on your bucket list?