Madhya Pradesh Tourism introduces Night Safari

The state of Madhya Pradesh has introduced the night safaris in the three national parks in Madhya Pradesh on March 4, 2021. This move by the state is a major boost for the state which is already known for its robust tourism industry.

Highlights

With the introduction of night safaris in three national parks, wildlife enthusiasts can now experience the majestic animals at night. The three parks include the Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park and Pench National Park. Usually, safaris are conducted during the day because tourists feel safer in the daylight. But because of day safaris, tourists miss out to witness nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. So, now the state hopes to organise the safaris in a controlled manner. Under the safaris, the routes will be decided by the state. They would ensure that, neither the animals nor the tourists get vulnerable to harm. The night safari can be booked on the Wildlife Safari Reservation portal. This portal is operated by forest department of the state.

Bandhavgarh National Park

It is a national park located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. The park has an area of 105 square kilometres. The park was declared a national park in the year 1968. It was designated as the Tiger Reserve in 1993. Currently, the core area is spread over 716 square kilometres. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh stands at 8 tigers per km2, which is highest known population density. The park is also known for the breeding population of leopards and deer. The state has fixed the time slot of 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. The safari would be conducted in the buffer zone.  Under the night safari, tourists can spot deer.

Pench National Park

This national park was established in Madhya Pradesh in the year 1975. It has an area of 257.26 km2. The park derives the name from Pench River. The park was designated a sanctuary in the year 1965, a national park in 1975 and tiger reserve in 1992. This park will be carrying the night safaris between 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Tourists can spot animals like jackal, wild boar and nocturnal birds.

Kanha National Park

At this park, safaris will be carried out between 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The park is home to Barasingha, which tourists can spot during night safaris. The park is also known as Kanha–Kisli National Park. It is the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh.

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