In the core area of about 275 sq km, there are 9 routes defined that can be used for tourist vehicles. The Banas river in the north and the Chambal in the south are life lines for this dry, deciduous forest. It is dominated by the Dhok tree along with some very beautiful dry land species. The forest changes dramatically with the first rains.
The landscape of this area is unique. Deep gorges, grassy slopes, rugged hills, ravines and large lakes make this park a photographer’s delight. An ancient 10th century fort that stands 700ft above the surrounding plains adds to the drama of the terrain. All in all, it is a fabulous setting to have your first tiger sighting in!
Rocky, rugged hills and beautiful, narrow valleys of the Vindhyan Range form the essence of Bandhavgarh National Park. Grasslands, water holes and streams added among them make for an excellent habitat for tigers.
Bandhavgarh is known for having one of the highest densities of tigers packed into a compact area of 105sq km. This, along with the fact that animals here got habituated to tourists quite early in time, formulate for the higher chances of game viewing.
Nestled in the eastern part of the Satpura mountain range, Kanha is not just a place to visit but an experience to be had. It is the land of George Schaller’s ‘The Deer and The Tiger’. Kanha is spectacular no matter what time of the year you are visiting. Driving on tracks mostly lined by tall Sal trees, the habitat occasionally changes into open meadows, bamboo clad slopes or patches of dense mixed forest. There are a significant number of water holes that are approachable and often full of activity, and every now and again you will cross a seasonal stream.
This park is different. Located in the AVSM (Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal Ranges) belt, this teak forest is a different and a pleasant surprise to the normal and scenic parks of Kanha and Bandhavgarh. The tracks are smoother, the trees are thicker with dense undergrowth, perhaps one reason why the herbivore population here is more larger in size compared to Kanha and Bandhavgarh. There is a distinct silence here.
The oldest protected forest of Maharashtra, Tadoba is a quaint little jungle with beautiful hilly terrain on its north and west side and the pristine, perennial Todoba Lake in the centre. It was a little known forest, occasionally visited by the few nature enthusiasts who wanted a wilderness experience off the beaten track. Then all of a sudden, quite recently, tiger numbers and sightings shot up the roof and Tadoba National Park has now made its place among the biggest names in the Tiger circuit. This explosion proved once again that the tiger is a prolific breeder and given the right conditions, it will live on successfully.