Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park is the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's 'the Jungle Book': a strikingly beautiful area of forest and grassland, criss-crossed by rivers and streams, home to an array of flora and fauna. The park is located right in the heart of central India, nestled in the the Maikal range of Madhya Pradesh, spreading itself across the districts of Mandala and Kalaghat. It was declared a reserve forest in 1879, revalued as a wildlife sanctuary in 1933, and further upgraded to a National Park in 1955. The park encompasses some 940 sq km, with a central Tiger Reserve and buffer zone bringing the total area up to around 1945 sq km. The Kanha National Park is the ideal home for wide ranges of wild creatures; right from the mighty tigers to the most populated Barasingha and the countless species of plants, birds, reptiles and insects.