A few weeks back, I got a golden opportunity to get rid of tedious daily life and rejuvenate myself for a new beginning. So, without wasting time, I packed my rucksack and proceeded for a trip of the lifetime. I was invited by HolidayIQ in association with Madhya Pradesh tourism for #ChaloMPWithHolidayIQ trip. It was fun to visit Sanjay National Park and Panna National Park.
Sanjay Dubri National Park is a wildlife paradise located in Kusumi and Majhauli blocks of the Sidhi district of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The entire park consists of Sanjay National Park which covers about 466.7 km area, while Dubri is a wildlife life sanctuary that covers an area of 370 square kilometers. Both cover more than 835 sq km area of the park. The park was established in 1975 under wildlife protection act of 1972. Geological features are plain, mounds, hills, steep cliffs, water bodies, valleys, deep gorges, while altitude ranges from 200-500m. Originally it was a moist deciduous forest consisting mainly of sal (Shorea robusta).
The forest area of Sanjay Dubri is a first wild corridor connecting Bandhavgarh National Park’s wildlife at the North and Palamau Tiger Reserve’s wildlife, but still, there is a strict need to ensure the peaceful transit of wild animals and conservation of connecting forest. Guru Ghasidas National Park, which falls in Chhattisgarh State area, shares its forest with Sanjay National Park on its northern boundary with Madhya Pradesh. Before the bifurcation of Madhya Pradesh the entire area of Guru Ghasidas National Park were united with Sanjay National Park.
Wildlife in Sanjay National Park!
The national park is mostly composed of sal forests. Fauna seen here are Tiger, Leopard, Spotted deer, Sambar deer, wild boar, Neelgai, Chinkara, Civet, Porcupine, Monitor Lizard, and three hundred nine species of birds. Most beautiful birds are Golden Hooded Oriole, Racket-tailed Drongos, Indian Pitta, Rufus-Treepie, Lesser Adjutant, Red-headed Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, Indian white-rumped vulture, Egyptian vulture, Nightjars and many other species.
The Sanjay National Park is open throughout the year for the visitors. But the best time to visit Sanjay National park in Madhya Pradesh State is between the months of November and June comprising winter and summer seasons to spot different species of wild animals, birds, and plants, etc.
The visit to Sanjay National Park In MP was ultimate joy and this one of the best wildlife park. The activities are just different like other park and sighting of wildlife is fantastic, and the forest itself has a panoramic view from the watch tower and we enjoyed lots during our safari.
Panna National Park!
Panna National Park situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, at a distance of around 57 km from Khajuraho. The region, famous for its diamond industry, is also home to some of the best wildlife species in India and is one of the most famous Tiger Reserves in the country. The park is known worldwide for its wild cats, including tigers and leopards as well as deer and antelope. Due to its closeness to one of the best-known Indian tourist attraction in India, Khajuraho, the park is recognized as an exciting stop-over destination.
Forest of Panna National Park lies on Vindhya ranges in which Bandhavgarh national park forest area is also covered. Here forest is dense with many scenic waterfalls. But due to consistently remaining in the news due to negative reasons Panna National Park wildlife is now underestimated which is not justified. If we leave the Tigers one side, then its overall wildlife is no way behind Bandhavgarh. With re-introduction of tigers, Panna tiger reserves in on the track to revive its glory and justification to called as genuine Tiger Reserve. A new generation of Tigers is now flourishing successfully in the forest. In addition to the forest area, one amazing adventure comes with River Ken which passes through the Panna National Park; it surrounds along greeneries and bird life also Indian species of crocodiles like a mugger and long snout gharial in the Ken River that flows from here toward the north harbors.
The river is a lifeline of the park as most of the visitors enjoys boat ride along the course of the River, it is the best way to explore some aquatic life while floating over the water in the Park, the chances getting high of spotting Eurasian Eagle Owls who used to nest on river islands, Black Ibises basking, and scary marshy muggers (crocodiles) usually appears at the wet or dry bank of the River, sometimes half submerged. Many varieties of reptiles like pythons, king cobras are also present in the park to have a glance over them. Vultures sighting track record of this park is magnificent. We can identify almost 06 different species of vultures here. By going through this information, we can confidently say that Panna National Park offers variety in wildlife from mammals, birds to reptiles.
While touring Khajuraho one cannot miss visiting this place. Paradise to Wildlife Enthusiast. Panna is having one of the best landscape in a forest area. Panna National Park offers a great variety of flora and fauna and home to finest mammals. It is easier to spot tigers here as some of them have radio collars and can track unless they are in the bushes. We also spotted some migratory vultures, circling an open gorge. A high number of vultures are here!
Drivers and guides were very cooperative. Showed us all the important parts of the jungle. Lucky to have a glimpse of Leopard in the very first hour. There is a beautiful lake in the forest. Had boating and saw crocodiles in and around Lake.
The forest itself is beautiful. It has three levels – the lowest level is like a subtropical forest, the second tier is a plateau with grasslands, and the top most level is barren (not accessible to visitors). The different colors and textures of the forest make for a good safari ride.
Witnessed Something Special!
There has been a good sighting of tigers and leopards recently here, and the population of cats has increased drastically. Moreover, we saw a leopard killing a sambar. Yes, we are so lucky to witness this giant kill. Felt like a lifetime opportunity to see the animal killing. It is one of the rarest of the rare situations in Indian wildlife.
Raneh Falls – Khajuraho
The Raneh Falls is one of the prominent tourist attractions, which named after King Rane Pratap. Both Raneh Falls and the Ken crocodile sanctuary are less than an hours drive from Khajuraho. So this is a must visit during a trip to Khajuraho temples. The Ken River plunging over the abysses marking the edge of the Rewa Plateau forms the Raneh Falls about 20 kms from Khajuraho. The Ken crocodile sanctuary is also nearby the Raneh falls. At Ken crocodile sanctuary, apart from Gharial, you might also spot Wild Boar, Chinkara, Blue bull, and peacocks.
I can spend hours here, scenes are amazing. There are five types of rocks at one place. Avoid visiting in monsoon season. The rocks are seven colored – granite, dolomite, basalt, jasper, quartz, etc. Thank God it was not rainy season. Otherwise, we could not have seen the canyon and the grand rock formation.