Wednesday, 14 December 2016

VISITED PANNA NATIONAL PARK DURING MY bullet JOURNEY Kakinada to gorakhpur

VISITED PANNA NATIONAL PARK DURING MY JOURNEY
located in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India, Panna Tiger Reserve is just 15 miles from Khajuraho airport . The city of Khajuraho is a great day trip from Panna. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for elaborately carved temples which include work-a-day scenes to the erotic. The dry temperate climate of Panna is ideal for a variety of Indian wildlife including not only the tiger, but the much harder to find wild dog or dhole. Panna Tiger Reserve is one of the newer parks in India-- created in 1981. One of a number of reserves and national parks set up to preserve the fast disappearing tiger. Preserving the big cat also had the effect of preserving the surrounding flora and fauna. For us, it is the Asiatic Wild Dog or Dhole that beckons us to the park. Panna is 1645 square km or about the size of the state of Rhode Island. It is a dry temperate forest very typical of Kipling’s Jungle Book. As parks go, it is quite scenic with hills and canyons and of course the Ken River. The Ken River is the lifeblood of Panna and is a sizable river twisting its way along a scenic 250 mile course. Through the park, the river is 200-300 yards wide and is home to a variety of fish, birds and reptiles. The park, like all Indian parks, has two game drives a day—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Our focus is on the wild dog. It is our last big Indian predator. We’ve already encountered the tiger, the rare Asiatic lion, the leopard and the other big canine—the Indian wolf.

















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