Sky scrapers, traffic, lots of vehicles, lots of people, noise, pollution- Don’t we all want a break from these things that have set the loop of the unbreakable monotony of life running. Don’t we yearn for the meadows, the peace, the greenery?
The best thing one could do during vacations is not go exploring new cities but dwell in nature’s lap. For instance, the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh. You’ll not only get to relax in the wild but also get to see animals in their natural habitat. Isn’t it better to see them there rather than zoos where they’re caged?
Kanha National Park is not only one of the first Tiger reserves to work for the conservation of tigers but also a breeding ground for more than a 1000 flowering plant species. It is spread across 940 sq kms approximately. Kanha has held within it legends, events and species that are so fascinating they’ll make you want to visit it right away.
Here are a few outstanding features of the National Park.
Lapsi was an expert guide and hunter who was familiar with every nook and cranny of the Kanha National Park. It was in January, 1930 that he went on a safari with some tourists. A tiger tried attacking them, and Lapsi died fighting it to save the tourists. The spot where he confronted the tiger has been marked as ‘Lapsi Kabar‘ ever since.
We all know that Shravan Kumar, the man who carried his blind parents on his shoulders, is the best son there ever will be. And how is he related to Kanha National Park, you wonder? Well, Shravan had gone to fetch water from a lake in Kanha when he was mistaken as a deer and hence, shot with an arrow by King Dashratha. Therefore, the lake has been named as Shravan Tal.
Bansi and a Tiger
Bansi, a person belonging to the Baiga tribe, was an experienced tiger tracker. He once came close to a sub-adult tiger. The tiger got defensive and started roaring at the horrified Bansi. Even though Bansi had climbed a tree, the tiger didn’t budge. It continued to roar at Bansi until its mother came and roared even louder, to give him the signal to move away from the man.
Besides these interesting tales, Kanha is home to varied breeds of flora and fauna.
The national park is known to host a significant population of Bengal Tigers. A 2010 census had recorded the presence of 60 tigers in Kanha, which means that your chances of finally spotting a tiger in a safari are pretty high. Won’t it be thrilling to watch the big cat manoeuvre its way while in close proximity to you? We bet it will be.
One thing about safaris (coming from personal experience) is that you can definitely spot different deer throughout. Since Kanha boasts of an abundance of the Barasingha, you will certainly get to relish the beauty of this reindeer-like breed. Also, let me assure you that watching these beautiful creatures move about their space, oblivious to the presence of foreigners like us, is strangely comforting.
Kanha has an abundance of Sindoor (vermillion) trees. Sindoor is the vermillion powder or liquid that Hindu women apply on their heads as a mark of their marital status. It is fascinating to know that there are trees from which sindoor is extracted, tbh. It will definitely be interesting to see the raw form of sindoor grow on trees.
The Kanha Museum
Skeletons of reptiles and animals are displayed here. Such things are bound to attract a lot of eyeballs since they make history tangible. Imagine seeing the skeletal framework of the animals you find so beautiful. Not only will it fascinate you but also educate you without boring you.
Haven’t you packed your bags already?
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