One third of my land is forested, offering a unique and exciting panorama of wild life. Especially in the Vindhya-Kaimur and the Satpura and Maikala ranges and the Baghelkhand plateau.
The old princely families were enthusiastic "sportsmen". Rulers of states the size of English countries, and some appreciably larger, set aside vast stretches of wilderness as their own, private, haunting grounds. Since these royal hunts were fairly infrequent affairs and as the keepers of the hunting grounds were vigilant, the animals grew and prospered: in spite of the annual butchering.
The great hunting families have given the country its great wildlife parks When you visit wildlife sanctuaries and national parks over my land, you are the interloper: the animal is king. Your movements are controlled, the animal’s are not.
# Rhythm of Jungle
# The Wild Expedition
# Temple & Tigers
# All India Wildlife
# Indian Tigers &
# Call Of The Wild & The Taj
And thus the chances of seeing them in their natural avocations, is higher than anywhere else in the world.
The chances of seeing a big cat, a tiger or lion within naked lens’ reach, are extremely high. And the fact that they are not frightened of you lets you make observations and take pictures, which only dedicated naturalists could have hoped for just a decade ago.
Kanha and Bandhabgarh national parks havebeen
The king of the forest may be easily sighted at
Kanha and Bandhavgarh. Equally at home in
the Jungles of Kanha and Bandhavgarh is the
Gaur who does not fear the tiger. Another native
is the Barasingha the only swamp deer who has
adapted to hard ground. Chitals (spotted deer)
can be sighted in hundreds. Sloth Bear, the
leopard and the buffalo are much less common.
At times one is surprised that wild life has
survived so well despite the decades of senseless
slaughter indulged in by the so-called big game
Many of the princes marked out areas as their personal hunting reserves: Shivpuri near Gwalior for instance, which has served in recent years as the nucleus of the wild life park and where Madhav National park is particularly rich in many species of deer and famous for its white (albino tic) tigers. Pench National park is also an upcoming national park in Madhya Pradesh.