Game spotting in Kanha National Park: Relive your days of Jungle Book
New Delhi, India
Remember your olden golden days when you used to ogle at the Jungle Book in DD Metro? (yes, Sunday, 10 am)! Those good old days may never come back again, but you can always walk into the world where that story was set.
Welcome to Kanha National Park Madhya Pradesh, the original backdrop where the famed author of 'The Jungle Book' Rudyard Kipling had set his novel. The moment you walk inside its perimeter, you will hear that ringing of the bell inside your heart! This place, filled with grasslands, streams, boulders, lakes and saal trees will instantly trigger happy reminiscences from your childhood days!
So, it is no wonder that this forest is full of animals of all kinds. From the innocuous deer to the hairy bear, from the elusive tiger to the jaw-baring 'magar', from the elephant or the tusker to the cat with a whisker- everything can be found in this territory which is generously spread over a mammoth 940 sq km.
Since, it is a huge jungle, you are in for a treat when you are looking for animals. Amongst the game spotting enthusiasts, tigers are the biggest attractions. Though, it is not easy to catch sight of a tiger, the elephant mahouts will take you to the right spots. Elephant safaris are available every day and will pinch your pocket by around Rs 200-500.
Though, the forest receives maximum footfalls during the months of December and January (the peak season), the best time to visit Kanha National Park would be during the month of March-April. Since, winter bows out by this time and the mercury shoots up heavily, most animals (including that tiger) tend to emerge from their winter hideouts and assemble near the streams, pools and lakes. Besides, the month of April sees lesser tourists as compared to the crowd-prone season of December-January.