Kanha National Park – The Wilderness of Nature

Bounty of nature is free and abundant for every living being. The sun shines and provides light and warmth irrespective of the recipient. The clouds, the rivers, the mountains and the jungles adopt the same principle of Universal Brotherhood. Trees provide shelter to birds and animals, fruits and flowers to human beings but never ask anything in return.

If the wilderness of nature is observed with totality without any bias or prejudice, a new era of mutual love and trust will dawn on the earth because then, the six internal enemies or ‘Sadha Ripus’ like anger, greed, attachment, pride, jealousy and selfishness will be eliminated. For this, one has to live with nature, love nature, protect nature and learn from nature. Therefore, nature is the best source of drawing spiritual inspiration. Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh is the most ideal destination for interacting closely with nature.

Wildlife is an integral part of nature and plays an important role in maintaining proper balance in the eco-system for ensuring sustainability of the decaying environment. Different food chains in the eco-system pursue prey-predator relationship and ensure balanced upkeep of flora and fauna. Tiger stands at the echelon of the food chains and is the least pro-creative. It is also the uncrowned king of the forest. Therefore, man gets a beastly satisfaction in killing a tiger and satisfying his commercial needs. Kanha National Park is a step towards arresting this trend of annihilating tigers.

Tourists intending to witness live, the beauty, magnificence and majestic look of a spotted tiger my pay a visit to Kanha National Park, officially known as Kanha Tiger Forest, located in the Maikal range of the Satpura Hills. It can be reached by travelling 160 km from Jabalpur, in Madhya Pardesh. The rivers Banjar and Halon, both the tributaries of the Narmada aid to the growth of natural flora and fauna in the region.

Covered under Project Tiger Reserve, Kanha National Park is divided into 5 ranges named Kisli, Kanha, Mukki, Bhaisanghat, and Supkhar. But only about 25% of the total area is allowed for access of the visitors. The best season to visit the park is during November to June. The cynosure of all eyes of tourists is rare species of deer known as Barasingha (12-horned). It is known as the ‘Jewel of Kanha National Park’.

Rudyard Kipling, the Nobel Laureate and favorite name for children for his ‘Jungle Book’ iss best known for personification and animation of animal characters in his short stories. A visit to Kanha National Park enlivens Kipling’s stories and one can see before him, those characters of ‘Jungle Book’ enacting live. Viewing wild animals in their natural habitat and in natural pose and posture excites and thrills the viewers. The scene may be a mother big cat suckling five of her cubs at a time. It may also be a herd of pachyderms bathing in the Banjar River.

Kanha National Park is a tourist destination where emotions and feelings of man interact with the natural living situations of wild life. The majesty of ‘Tiger’ and the magnificence of ‘Barasingha’ leave a permanent imprint on the minds of visitors coming to Kanha National Park.