About Destination :
The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "Jungle Book". The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Park's landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hard ground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park's fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia. Kanha Tiger Reserve is home to over thousands of species of flowering plants. The lowland forest is a mixture of Sal and other mixed forest trees, interspersed with meadows. The highland forests are tropical moist dry deciduous type and of a completely different nature with bamboo on slopes. A very good looking Indian ghost tree can also be seen in the dense forest. Kanha Tiger Reserve abounds in meadows or maidans which are basically open grasslands that have sprung up in fields of abandoned villages, evacuated to make way for the animals. Kanha meadow is one such example. 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 species of climbers, shrubs and herbs flourishing in the understory. Aquatic plants in numerous tal (lakes) are life line for migratory and wetland species of birds.
Kanha Tiger Reserve supports species like tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, jackals etc. Among the deer species, Swamp Deer or Hard Ground Barasingha is pride of the place as it is the only sub species of swamp deer in India. Indian Gaurs are also found in Kanha but seen mostly as winter ends. Other commonly seen animals in the park include the Spotted deer, Sambar, Barking deer and the four-horned deer.