DAY 1 - Arrival at Nagpur and transfer to Kanha afternoon safari
Arrival at Nagpur in the morning, we drive down to Kanha, Breakfast and Lunch on the way. Upon arrival in Kanha we transfer to the very hospitable Dev vilas. After freshening up we head for an afternoon safari. Dinner and Overnight stay at the resort.
DAY 2 - Morning and afternoon jungle safari
The bliss continues as we leave for an early morning Jungle safari. Upon return to the resort, breakfast is served. After freshening up, relaxation and lunch we shall leave for a jungle safari. Dinner & campfire mark the end of the day.
DAY 3 – Jungle safari and departure for Nagpur
Leave for early morning jungle safari. Upon return to the resort, breakfast is served. We check out from the hotel and leave for Nagpur airport.
Trip Cost :
Rs. 20,000 + GST (5%) per person (Indian Nationality)
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Kanha is tucked away in the Eastern part of the Central-Indian Satpura Range. Legendary for its wilderness, tiger sightings and great birding- Kanha promises to be a special experience. Immensely rich in game, Kanha has the distinction of harboring the last of the highly endangered Hard Ground Barasingha, a major conservation milestone. The vast size of the park makes extended explorations possible and Kanha is a favorite with photographers for its sheer quality of wildlife viewing. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the world's premier conservation institute, had rated Kanha as the best managed park in Asia. It stretches over an area of 940 km² in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat. Together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1009 km² and the neighboring 110 km² Phen Sanctuary it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve. The park is also a good place to see the Leopard, Sloth Bear, Asiatic Wild Dog and Indian Bison.
Kanha is unlike any other place, not just because of the richness of wildlife but also because of the ravines and valleys which made Jungle Book such a treat. Two river valleys are prominent features of the park's topography: the Banjar in the west and the Halon in the east. Both these rivers are tributaries of the Narmada, which flows through the district headquarters town of Mandla, 64 km (40 miles) to the northwest of the park's western entrance. Kanha's valleys are enclosed by hills topped with plateaus- locally called dadar. These plateaus are covered with vast grasslands, the park also has expansive meadows left behind by the villages relocated outside the park. There are many perennial springs that provide the much sought for water in the drier months. Shravantal is the main water body in the central meadows that attracts a lot of wildlife to it. During the greener months Kanha is a landscape photographer's dream come true.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
This national park remains open from 16th October to 30th June for wildlife safari. Like most of the forest of Central India, the weather and climate of Kanha Tiger Reserve is extreme and tropical. In Kanha and surrounding areas, summers are extremely hot and the maximum temperature goes as high as 48º Celsius, while the weather during winter remains cold and sometimes the mercury dips to zero degree celsius. During the monsoons, Kanha receives heavy rains and there is water everywhere in the forest.
Temperature range throughout the year is as follows:
October - November = 22 - 35 (in degree Celsius)
December - February = 03 - 20 (in degree Celsius)
March - April = 18 - 38 (in degree Celsius)
May - June = 33 - 46 (in degree Celsius)
FLORA & FAUNA
This lowland forest is a mixture of Sal and various other forest trees, interspersed with meadows. The highland forests are tropical moist, dry deciduous type and of a completely different nature with bamboo on the slopes. A very good looking Indian ghost tree (kullu) can also be seen in the dense.
Kanha Tiger Reserve abounds in meadows or maidans which are basically open grasslands that have sprung up in fields of abundant villages, evacuated to make way for the animals. There are many species of grass recorded at Kanha some of which are important for the survival of Barasingha. Dense forested zones with good crown cover has abundant flourishing species of climbers, shrubs and herbs. Aquatic plants in numerous "Tal" (lakes) are life line for migratory and wetland species of birds. The big mammals of Kanha are the charismatic Tiger, the smarter cat leopard and Baloo the sloth bear of "Jungle Book" fame. The list is compounded by presence of super reptiles like the python, russels viper, krait, boa, the keel backs, etc. The Sal paradise of Kanha dosen't disappoint the avid birdwatcher either.
The most abundant prey species for the large predators here is the spotted deer. The sambar deer comes a close second. Along with Sher khan, Kanha also houses many other predators like the ferocious dholes, elusive leopards and the rare sloth bear.
Animals : Common langurs, rhesus macaque, Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, sloth bear, ratel, gray mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard, spotted deer, sambar, chausingha, nilgai and of course the tiger.
Birds : browed fantails, steppe eagles, green pigeons, grey Malabar hornbills, blossom headed parakeets, blue bearded bee eaters, green bee eaters, white bellied drongos, owls, minivets, woodshrikes, paradise flycatchers, etc.
IN & AROUND
One of the highest plateaus in the forest, Bamini dadar is the famed sunset point of Kanha. Visitors head to the sunset point as they wind up their evening safari, to experience the awe-inspiring view of the evening sun over the magnificent Kanha landscape. The barking deer, bison and other ungulates in the foreground don't hurt the view.
The high concentration of herbivores in the clearing ensures presence of charismatic carnivores. Exhilarating scenes of a tiger stalking a potential prey in these meadows is often experienced by the tourists.
A small water pond in the reserve where the dutiful son, Shravan Kumar was killed. Popular mythological belief is that when Shravan Kumar came to this pond to fetch water for his blind parents- King Dashratha (father of Lord Rama) mistakenly killed Shravan with his bow and arrow. As a result of which Dashratha was cursed by Shravan's parents that he'll also have to undergo the pain of child separation. The pond has water all round the year, so abundance of wildlife can be experienced here.
This place is built in the memorial of an expert hunter and tracker who had a close encounter with a Tiger while accompanying some sportsmen on a hunt. The gravestone is in his memory.
The dreaded spot near Shravan Tal from where Dashratha killed Shravan Kumar using a bow and arrow. The machan is on a hill called Macha Dongar.
Both the Banjar and Halon valleys used to be the exclusive hunting grounds of the British. The area then supported the swamp deer or Hard ground barasingha in such large numbers that they virtually dominated the landscape. Over hunting led to the forests being closed to shikar in 1931 and it was declared a sanctuary in 1933. In 1955 a 250 sq. km. area was declared the Kanha National Park, primarily to save the hard ground barasingha, exclusive only to India and severely threatened with extinction (a mere 66). Kanha is known worldwide for its efforts to re-establish populations of the endemic barasingha. It has been revived to a population of around 1000 as of 2006.
By now Kanha was fairly well known and administrators were always on the lookout to expand its protected area. Consequently land from surrounding areas was continually added and today the Kanha Tiger Reserve is a 1,945 sq. km. park and a prime breeding habitat for the endangered cats. In the hot and dry summers all water sources dry up except for a few perennial streams or ponds. One such is a lake near the main meadow called Shravan Tal
Social bonding of Gaurs (Bibos gauris)
It was the incident of year-end of 2008. An old aged Gaur (Indian Bison) was attacked by tiger on his rump. It was bleeding profusely which made the Gaur fall down. The tiger sat down in front of him and was waiting for him to die as an injured Gaur becomes more dangerous. Due to severe pain and in-ability of stand-up, Gaur was groaning loudly and kept on attempting to stand up. Hearing the groaning call of the Gaur, a near-by herd of Gaurs reached the spot where the tiger was still present. Young Gaurs charged onto the tiger and pushed him away from site of the injured Gaur. As the news of such an attack spread among theforest guards and through them to safari jeeps, many tourist jeeps started reaching the spot, with expectations of a tiger-sighting. The park management feared crowding at the location and banned the safari jeeps from entering that particular site for a few days. It was observed that the herd of those Gaurs remained there till the death of the injured Gaur. As soon as they left the place, the tiger that had attacked the Gaur, came back to claim his meal.
How Kanha got its name
There are various stories about how Kanha got its name. Some believe that its name is derived from Kanhar, a clayey soil found in the area. Others believe that there was a holy saint called Kanva who lived in this area and the word 'Kanha' , is inspired from his name.
Shravan Kumar's tale is described in the great Indian epic 'Ramayana'. It is the holy book of Hindus. Shravan Kumar was the only son of his blind parents. As in old-age, Hindus go for pilgrimage, and Shravan’s parents also wished to do same. Shravan Kumar took them on a pilgrimage. He was passing through the forests of Kanha when King Dashratha, father of Lord Rama, came there on an hunting expedition.
While passing through forest of Kanha, Shravan’s parents asked Shravan to fetch some drinking water for them as they were feeling thirsty. Shravan went to a near-by water tank, now known as “Shravan Tal” and dipped a pitcher into the lake, which resulted in a particular gurgling sound. King Dashratha was on his machaan and looking for an animal to kill. Dashratha had expertise in shooting at the source of sound without viewing it. In darkness, Dashratha heard the sound produced from pitcher, and assuming it to be a deer drinking water, he shot towards the source of sound and killed Shravan.
On hearing Shravan's cry, Dashratha rushed to the spot where Shravan was breathing his last. Shravan requested Dashratha to deliver water to his thirsty parents as they were waiting for him. When Dashratha offered water to them and gave the tragic news of their son's death to them, they refused the accept the water and cursed the King that he too would suffer the pain of child separation as they have suffered and they (Shravan’s parents) too died , on the spot.
As per legend, “Shravan Tal” in Kanha is the place where Shravan went to fetch water to his parents. There is a place called, “Shravan Chita” where dead-body of Shravan was cremated. Similarly, there is place called “Dashratha Machaan” from which King Dashratha shot down Shravan mistaking him for a deer.
Dying to save a deer
It is the story of a forest guard of Kanha National Park who laid down his life while trying to save a Chital from drowning down in a water pool. The name of that forest guard is Ravibhan Singh Thakur, age 32 years, posted in Chhawarighat Camp of Supkhar Range of Kanha Tiger Reserve. He was popularly known by the name of Ravi among his friends & colleagues.
Ravi was very disciplined and hard working. He belonged to one of the surrounding villages of Kanha. It was the month of March , in the year 1989. After completing his routine patrol, Ravi had just returned to his camp. In the mean time, a truck came from road just next to the patrol camp and the truck-driver informed Ravi about the a Chital who was trapped among water weeds and struggling for life in nearby Peeparwada water pool. In no time Ravi reached the spot on his bicycle and left a written message at the patrol camp wall, using a piece of charcoal .
Ravi reached the Peeparwada water pool and found the chital badly trapped in water weeds. Chetal had almost drowned and was trying desperately to breathe and get released from the mesh. Ravi knew swimming, so in no time he took off his clothes and dived into the tank. Soon he realized that the tank was badly infested with weeds and swimming is such circumstances was very difficult. He reached the animal and tried hard to lift him a little bit higher so that he could manage to breathe. He got initial success in his efforts but soon he realized that his own legs were inextricably entangled in the weed-mesh. He tried hard to free himself from the killer web of weeds but all his efforts were in vain.
This incident has revealed the promising work done by the frontline staff of Kanha Tiger Reserve. Ravi’s wife is now a forest guard in the Kanha National Park.
Man-eater of Bhilwani
It was an incident during the months between December 1974 and March 1975. A man-eating tiger of Bhilwani had killed four people during this period. In initial attempts, the tiger attacked pet animals like cattle, pigs etc. It did injure humans, though only accidentally. Following the sequence of attacks, he killed a man roaming in the forest. As the villagers did not dare to take the body away from site, tiger devoured the body and acquired a taste for the human flesh. He killed three bullocks successively but due to human interference, he never managed to eat them. In desperation, the tiger then attacked another man.
After a long duration, a village boy discovered the dead-body of the Bhilwani man-eating tiger with broken ribs and marks of gun-shot which looked many months old. The gun-shot wounds restricted the tiger from killing his natural prey and hence he started attacking village cattle & human beings- looking for an easy prey.
Bansi and the tiger
Bansi, a seasoned tiger tracker and a Baiga tribal from a local village close to Kanha National Park ; had a life threatening encounter. One morning, while monitoring a waterhole in Kanha Tiger Reserve, Bansi ran into sub-adult tiger cub. The young tiger charged on him. Bansi ran from the site in no time and scrambled up a tree but the tiger continued to charge and did not leave the place.
At this moment, a large tigress roared from behind. She was with two more cubs. Bansi was trembling with fear. Though to Bansi's relief, the tigress called her young ferocious cubs back. When he was sure that the tiger, had departed, Bansi slid down the tree and returned to his camp immediately to feel free to breathe again.
Dev Vilas - Visit Website
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