The beautiful Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh comprises over 1400 square kilometres of pristine Indian landscape. Nestled within the district of Chhatarpur, it is only 25 kilometres from Khajuraho (one of India’s prime tourist attractions), making it accessible and convenient. This park is characterised by its deep valleys and the abundant waterfalls that result from the heavy monsoon rains.

The Panna National Park was once the abundant hunting grounds of the Panna royals. These ones would stalk the exquisite land and kill tigers, leopards, wolves and bears for the esteem they engendered amongst their peers as well as for their fur and pelts. Although this hunting was responsible for the depletion of numbers of these animals, these animals have recovered since enjoying a protected status. Today, the jungles of Panna are again home to a wonderful diversity of intriguing and impressive animals.

Nature lovers can look forward to spotting the Chital, Sloth Bear, Sambhar, Chinkara, wolf, Wild Boar, Bengal Tiger, leopard, Wild Dog, hyena, Caracal, Chowsingha, Asian Elephant, Nilgai and many snake species. Bird watchers should
Image of a herd of Nilgai
The Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus)
bring their binoculars and not miss their opportunity to see a Honey Buzzard, King Vulture, Blossom-headed Parakeet, White-necked Stork, Slaty-headed Scimitar Babbler and a Paradise Flycatcher. In fact, over 200 different bird species have been identified within the borders of the Panna National Park. These ones live within an environment of different types of forests, woodlands and grasslands.

The Bengal Tiger is facing major threats as their already-small population number declines steadily. Animals have been moved into this park from surrounding areas in a concerted effort to remedy the problem, which is an ongoing effort.

The best time for tourists to visit is between the months of January and May in terms of weather conditions and the possibility of seeing the most animals. Winters are comfortable, with daytime temperature of about 20 degrees Celsius, while summers can become very hot. However, summer is the time in which the wildlife appears, granting visitors the best opportunities to see them and appreciate their beauty within their natural environment. The rainy monsoon season lasts from July until mid-September. There are trails throughout the park, but tourists are urged to bring their own safari vehicles to conduct tours. Alternatively, they see the majestic landscape and its impressive residents from the elevated position of an Indian Elephant’s back. Because tigers and other wild animals are accustomed to the elephants, they generally allow them to get much closer than they would if visitors approached them in a vehicle.

Panna National Park was granted the Award of Excellence in 2007 for being the best maintained tourist-friendly national park in India. This award is administered by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and is a coveted and well-respected indication of the success of the reserve.

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