Wildlife photography tour of Madhya Pradesh, India
India is one of a few preferred destinations by wildlife lovers, who are interested in capturing the wild beasts in a camera. The country is dotted with several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, preserving a wide variety of flora and fauna. Hence, photography enthusiasts from all over the world flock the country to shoot some award-winning pictures and create memories for a lifetime.
Best places for wildlife photography
Though you can enjoy wildlife photography in several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries all across the country, the best ones are located in Madhya Pradesh. Usually, tourists visit India to view tigers. That’s why tiger photography is quite popular. If you wish to take some spectacular pictures of Royal Bengal Tiger, you must head towards Madhya Pradesh, which nestles three famous national parks inhabiting tiger, the pride of India. You can enjoy wildlife photography by taking up a perfect wildlife photography tour.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Spread across an area of 1536 sq. km (buffer zone – 593 sq. km) in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, this national park is surrounded by the Vindhyas. Earlier, it used to be the hunting ground of Maharaja of Rewa and later in 1968, it attained the status of a national park. Harboring the highest density of tigers in India, this park is mostly known as a tiger reserve. It is a dry deciduous forest and is quite rich in flora and fauna. The vegetation of the national park includes trees of sal, bamboo and high grasslands. The park also features many rock paintings and man-made caves. Moreover, you can spot as many as 27 species of mammals, 80 species of butterflies, a number of reptiles and more than 250 species of birds. One can enjoy several other activities like trekking and jeep safari in addition to wildlife photography in this renowned national park.
- Saj, dhaora, mango, jamun, babul, etc.
- White tiger, leopard, wild boar, chinkara, grey mongoose, etc.
Best time to visit
It is advised to visit the national park between March and June as during this time, tiger sightings are more likely and you can easily get some good snapshots of big cats.
How to reach
- By Road: Bandhavgarh National Park is easily accessible by nearby towns and cities like Satna, Jabalpur, Umaria, Khajuraho, etc.
- By Train: Umaria Railway Station at a distance of 35 km is the nearest one to reach the national park.
- By Air: The nearest airport for Bandhavgarh National Park is Jabalpur Airport, which is located at a distance of 200 km.
Pench National Park
Widely known as the setting of The Jungle Book, Pench National Park is situated in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh and is spread across an area of 292.8 sq. km. the park has been featured by famous novelist Rudyard Kipling in his celebrated book, i.e. The Jungle Book. The park derives its name from the Pench River that flows through the park from north to south dividing the park into almost equal halves. It was declared a sanctuary in 1965 and earned the status of a national park in 1975. In 1992, it was established as a tiger reserve. The vegetation of the reserve is that of dry deciduous type. Not only the park shelters the ferocious cats but it also has 39 species of mammals, 3 species of amphibians and 13 species of reptiles. Along with indulging in wildlife photography, one can also try activities such as boating, elephant ride and jungle safari in this park.
- Mahua, palash, teak, neem, ashwagandha, etc.
- The jungle cat, monkey, langur, wolf, hyena, etc.
Best time to visit
Though the park is accessible to the general public from October to June, it is better to visit it between October and April as during this time, the weather remains quite pleasant. Furthermore, several migratory birds take shelter in the park during this time period. So, you can enjoy clicking them along with the native animals.
How to reach
- By Road: Regular bus and jeep services ply from Seoni to the park. Seoni is well-connected to major parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh via roadways.
- By Train: Seoni Railway Station at a distance of 30 km is the nearest one to reach the national park.
- By Air: The nearest airport for Pench National Park is Sonegaon Airport in Nagpur, which is located at a distance of 93 km.
Kanha National Park
Also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve, this national park is the largest one in Madhya Pradesh. This park has also been portrayed in Rudyard Kipling’s famous wildlife novel, The Jungle Book. Covering an area of 940 sq. km, the park is divided into 2 sanctuaries, namely Hallon and Banjar. The park was established in 1955 and was declared a tiger reserve in 1973. Endowed with scenic natural beauty, the park’s vegetation is characterized by dense jungles, lush meadows, and various streams. Royal Bengal Tiger is the major attraction among 22 species of large mammals. Moreover, the park inhabits a wide variety of carnivores and herbivores.
- Sal, lendia, saja, tendu, bija, etc.
- Nilgai, sloth bear, leopard, tiger, hyena, etc.
Best time to visit
The park can be accessed by the public between October and June. However, the best time for visiting it for wildlife photography is between March and June as, during this time, the weather stays mild and pleasant, hence perfect for spotting animals.
How to reach
- By Road: One can easily reach the park by taking a bus or taxi from any of the major cities of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, etc.
- By Train: The nearest railway station to reach Kanha Tiger Reserve is Gondia Railway Station at a distance of 145 km.
- By Air: Jabalpur Airport at a distance of 160 km is the nearest airport for Kanha National Park.
Things to carry
- Light colored clothes or clothes according to the weather of the region.
- Also, carry along extra memory cards and batteries so that you don’t face any obstacle while recording memories.
- For the case of an emergency, you must always carry a medical kit.
- Bring a camera with the right type of lenses so that you can capture some awe-inspiring pictures of wildlife.
Tips to follow for a wildlife photography tour
- Refrain from feeding animals
- Don’t carry children along if you wish to explore wildlife on foot
- Abide strictly by the rules and regulations of the national park while photography
- Avoid bothering wild animals as they are not accustomed to human interaction
- Smoking is strictly prohibited within the premises of the national parks
- Maintain the decorum of forests by fulfilling the environmental and social responsibility
Now that you know about the best destinations for wildlife photography in Central India as well as all the necessary do’s and don’ts, give in to your desires and make a choice from our collection of the most popular wildlife photography tours of India. It will surely be a one-of-its-kind experience for you. Moreover, you will be taking back home a lot of memories from the wildlife tour.