Highlights of Central National Parks

The central states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh make up the heartland of India. These areas are predominantly rural, with wide expanses of dense forest, broken up by small hill ranges and open plains, dotted with small lakes and watering holes. With less human impact than other parts of the country wildlife thrives in this region, and large chunks of the area have been partitioned into protected national parks and reserves. Each national park has a small selection of isolated lodges – attractive, homely, and usually very low impact – which are fine bases from which to conduct safari drives. Raipur, Jabalpur, and Nagpur are the main gateways to the region, with air connections across the country, and onward road journeys of usually around 3-4 hours into the respective reserves.

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Bengal Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park
Arguably the premier national park for India's most famous fauna, this relatively small reserve has spottings on a similar scale to Ranthambore, and sees substantially fewer visitors.
Rivulet at dawn, Kanha National Park
Kanha was 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.
Leopard, Pench National Park
Earning its name from the Pench river that flow through the park, this reserve is home to 39 species of mammal such as tiger, leopard, wild dogs, and striped hyena.
Landscape, Satpura
Satpura is considered as one of India’s best kept secrets, and the only park in central India which allows people to explore Tiger country on foot.
Predator and prey, Tadoba National Park
Tadoba derives its name from the local tribal God "Taru" who, according to legend, met his end fighting a tiger. Given its name it is unsuprising that Tadoba has one of the highest tiger densities in India.