Madhya Pradesh is the heritage heartland of India. It is located in the center of the country and is known from the time of the great Mauryan ruler, Ashoka.
From the Gupta Empire to the Marathas, this part of central India has fallen under the rule of several rulers. After Independence, on May 28, 1948, the state signed agreement with the Indian Union, which resulted in a new state Madhya Bharat.
It was on November 1, 1956, when Madhya Pradesh came into existence. At present, the state is the second largest in India and constitutes 45 districts.
With a rich history of the royals, the central province is blessed with abundance of flora and fauna. Millions of nature and wildlife lovers have been enticed by the sanctuaries and natural parks of the city.
The state is a land of diversity, which comprises a total of nine national parks. Having their own bucolic charm, each of these is rich in wild life. The ecology of these national parks is a perfect blend of incredible diversity and scenic landscapes.
The nine national parks include – Kanha National Park in Mandla, Bandhavgarh National Park in Umaria, Madhav National Park in Shivpuri, Sanjay National Park in Sidhi, Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal, Panna National Park in Panna, Satpura National Park in Pachmarhi, Pench National Park in Seoni, and Mandla Plant Fossils National Park in Mandala.
Some of these were hunting grounds of the royals. One of them is Bandhavgarh National Park, which is the most densely populated of tigers in India. Besides, the adventures of Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Bookdepict the charms of Kanha and Pench National Park.
Madhya Pradesh is one of the most thrilling wildlife destinations, with around 25 wildlife sanctuaries. For a person who wishes to witness the magnificent beauty of the forests and wilderness, these sanctuaries are worth a visit. These include – Bori Wildlife Sanctuary in Hoshangabad, Bagdara Sanctuary in Sindhi, Kheoni Sanctuary in Dewas, Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary in Mandsaur, and others.
Nicknamed as the Tiger State, Madhya Pradeshhas six tiger reserves, and is considered the best place to spot tigers. Kanha Tiger Reserve in Mandla, Pench Tiger Reserve in Seoni, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Umaria, Panna Tiger Reserve in Panna, Satpura Tiger Reserve in Hoshangabad, and Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve in Sidhi District have tourists come from all over India and the world to witness the wild cat in the habitat.
In all these reserves, tigers can be seen wandering around freely. Apart from tigers, one can catch sight of deer and leopards, among other animals. In fact, Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park are known for tiger spotting. The animals in these tiger reserves are preserved under the conservation initiative, Project Tiger.
Dewas has the Kheoni Sanctuary,which contributes to the richness of the state’s wildlife. After father Tukoji Rao Puar, Vikram Singh Puar has been consistently working towards maintaining the true spirit of the sanctuary.
The philanthropist is of the opinion that the state presents a true spirit of the Indian jungles.