Known as the heart of the Indian Subcontinent, Madhya Pradesh has rich history and can be touted as the Mecca of Indian and Jain Temples. In fact, the culture of Madhya Pradesh remains unfazed even today. On the plus side, there is the presence of a very vibrant and exuberant wildlife in the Madhya Pradesh, not to mention the extensive biodiversity that you can observe here.
Indian wildlife has been the primary attraction for tourists since ages. Blessed with richness and diversity, India defines its wildlife with rare and endangered species. A major part of Indian land is covered by forests, giving an excellent opportunity for humans to explore some endangered species. There are 92 national wildlife parks and around 480 wildlife sanctuaries.
Union Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu on the occasion of the World Environment Day 5th June flagged off Tiger Trail Circuit Train from Delhi’s Safdarjung Station. He flagged off the Tiger Express through video conferencing between Delhi and Mumbai.
Tiger Express was launched on World Environment Day to highlight the significance of environment in our lives. The Railway Minister took personal interest in conceptualising this train. The tourist train will be operated by Indian Railway PSU named Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
The route of the train:
The train has five days and six nights itinerary and it will start from Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station and travel via Katani, Jabalpur, Bandhavgadh, and Kanha. It is a semi-luxury train and it will take the guests onboard to the world famous Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks in Madhya Pradesh.
The tourists will also get to enjoy Dhuadhar Waterfall in Dedhaghat near Jabalpur. Railway Minister said on the occasion of the flagging off the train that, Indian Railways is fully committed to address environmental issues. He also pointed out that he is assuming charge took the initiative of creating a separate dedicated Environment Directorate in the Ministry of Railways.
He informed the people that his ministry is taking various steps to be more environment friendly. Mr. Prabhu while flagging off the Tiger Express told that tiger is at the apex of the food chain and so it has tremendous ecological impact and hence the ministry found it befitting to launch a train on Tiger. He announced that Indian Railways through, its PSU, IRCTC will launch more tourist circuit trains like elephant circuit, desert circuit.
Here are some salient features of the Tiger Express:
The Tiger Express has been launched with the objective to create awareness about our national animal tiger. This train is one of the most innovative tourism product ever launched by Indian Railways.
The Kanha National Park which is part of the tour is known for the presence of tigers, swamp deer and barasingha. This national park is considered as source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel “The Jungle Book”.
The Bandhavgarh National Park which is also part of tour is famous for its biodiversity. The density of tiger population in this park is highest known in India. This park hosts a large breeding population of leopards and various species of deer too.
The train’s itinerary has been planned in such a way that tourists get to see three tiger safaris and have ample time to see the majestic wild cats in their natural environment and also get to see other wildlife.
Apart from journey by the semi luxury AC train the package also includes AC rooms in three star resorts, sightseeing and road transportation by AC vehicles, buffet meals, game safaris, inter-city transfers and travel insurance.
This is also the first semi-luxury train on a tourist circuit having a dining car. The objective behind it is to facilitate frequent interactions among travellers during the travel. No other semi-luxury train is equipped with a dining car.
The trip which was flagged off yesterday is the inaugural run and the regular monthly trips of this fully AC train will begin from October. The train has been decorated with vinyl wrapped motifs of the wildlife.
Indian Railways which efficiently conducts the Desert Circuit in Rajasthan and Heritage Circuit in North India is for the first time venturing into the exciting wildlife tourism.
The itinerary has a tariff structure starting from Rs. 38,500. For travelling in 1AC, tariff has been fixed at Rs. 49,500 for single occupancy, Rs. 45,500 for double occupancy, Rs. 44,900 for triple occupancy and Rs. 39,500 for child with bed (5-11 years).
The fares for those travelling in AC 2-tier is Rs. 43,500 for single occupancy, Rs. 39,000 for double occupancy, Rs. 38,500 for triple occupancy and Rs. 33,500 for child with bed (5-11 years).
However, these rates are valid for Indian citizens only. An additional surcharge of Rs. 4,000 per person will be charged from foreigners for the Safari booking at Bandhagarh and Kanha.
Day 1 – Sunday Departure from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station at 1500 hours. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 2 – Monday Arrival at Katni by 5:40 hours. Breakfast on board, proceed for Bandhavgarh for hotel check in and lunch. Later proceed for evening safari (Khitauli Zone). Dinner and overnight at Bandhavgarh Hotel.
Day 3 – Tuesday Departure from Bandhavgarh and proceed for Kanha. Check in and lunch at Hotel. Later proceed for evening safari (Mukki Zone). Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 – Wednesday Morning Safari (Mukki Zone) in Kanha with late morning breakfast. Lunch at hotel. Evening time for leisure, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5 – Thursday after breakfast proceed for Jabalpur. Lunch at hotel in Jabalpur. Proceed for Dhuadhar Waterfall in Bedhaghat. High tea in the evening before proceeding to train station. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 6 – Friday arrival at Delhi Safdarjung Station at 1550 hours as tour ends with happy memories. Breakfast and lunch on board.
Madhya Pradesh is not called the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœheart of IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ only because of its location on the centre of the country. It has been home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely caved temples, stupas, forts and palaces are dotted all over the state. The natural beauty of the state is equally varied. Consisting largely of plateu, the state has everything-spectacular mountain range, meandering rivers and miles and miles dense forests. In fact, a large part of the state is forested, offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife. In the National park of Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench you can spot the tiger, the bison and wide variety of deer and antelope. But perhaps the best part about Madhya Pradesh is its accessibility. Bordered by five states, it is equally close to major tourist destinations from the North, South, East and West. Whether you are in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkata, YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re never very far from Madhya Pradesh!
Popular tourist places in Madhya Pradesh are:
Bhopal: The capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal is a fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, a proud heritage and modern urban planning. An Afghan soldier of fortune, Dost Mohammed (1708-1740) was the founder of the existing city.
Sanchi: A World Heritage Site, Sanchi, is known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. The Sanchi Stupa (Stupa 1), the best known, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka.
Indore: Built by Rani Ahilyabai, the brave Holkar queen, Indore is one of the fastest growing economic regions in India. Situated on the banks of the rivers Saraswati and Khan, the vibrant city has some beautiful monuments associated with the Holkar dynasty.
Gwalior: Ã‚Â It is steeped in the splendor of its past. A multitude of reigning dynasties of the great rajput clans have left an indelible etching of their rule in the city of palaces, temples and monuments giving Gwalior a unique and timeless appeal. Today, it is a modern Indian city, vibrant and bustling. Gwalior fort was built by Raja Mansingh Tomar, dominates the city like a great monolith.
Orchha: At Orchha, grandeur has been captured in stone and frozen in time; a rich legacy of the ages. The palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries, retain much of their pristine perfection.
Kanha National Park: Sal and bambee forests of Kanha and its rolling grasslands and meandering steams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor.
Bandhavgarh National Park: This is one place where you can be almost certainÃ‚Â of seeing a tiger in its natural habitat. Stretching over 448 sq km, Bandhavgarh national park is rich in other forms of wildlife like deer, leopard, sambar and wild boar.
Khajuraho: The temples of Khajuraho are IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unique gift to the world, representing a paean to life, love and joy; perfect in execution and sublime in expression.
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Picture yourself walking through landscapes that are filled with the most vibrant species of exotic birds, or on the back of a jeep, your eyes deep in concentration as you try to focus on the majestic tiger crouching behind the bushes. Exploring these ancient forests is an exciting, exhilarating and always surprising experience. India is filled with wildlife sanctuaries and it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter which one you choose to explore because each one has the capacity of charming you in its own unique way.
There are a variety of ways you can choose to explore. In some forests, you can walk jungle trails while in others you can go on safaris or spot game from the back of a 4×4 jeep. Then there are the forests that have water ways and invite you to explore their depths on boats big and small so that you can watch animals come to watering holes and lie around restfully in the day without disturbing them. There are parks and reserves in virtually every state of the country. However, the better known ones are the larger ones simply because of the variety of wildlife they contain. These include the Corbett National Park, Bandhavgarh national park, Gir, Kanha, Kaziranga, Ranthambore and Sunderbans National Parks. Bear in mind that you are unlikely to catch any major sightings through the monsoon, so the rains are best avoided.
The peaks of the summer are also when animals prefer to keep to the shade, although you may catch some precious moments as they advance towards watering holes. The milder months are ideal to visit any of the parks in the country. February and May are the ideal months to maximise your chances of viewing the animals. If you are looking to visit a bird park, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worth noting that the water birds nest between August and October, making this the best period to go birding. Before heading to a wildlife park ensure that you read up on the habitat, and also the behaviour patterns of the animals. This not only helps with the sightings, but also enhances your safety. Carry plenty of medication and first aid, and also some rope, a pen knife and torch.
Take with you plenty of mosquito repellent cream, swathe yourself with sunscreen and never ever feed the animals or try to attract their attention. It is best to travel with an experienced guide who will look out for you, and also take you on the best paths to ensure you enjoy as many sightings as possible. He is also the best resource for you to gain insights into the folklore surrounding the park. Finally and importantly, make sure you head off into the forests with a reliable operator who gives all the necessary importance to the environment and to safety, both yours and the jungleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s.
Just imagine yourself attired in Khaki clothing, wearing pith helmets and belted bush jackets, sitting in an open Gypsy cruising through a rugged lane formed in a dense forest? A forest where you have the opportunity to click a tiger in camouflage waiting to pounce on its unwary target. Or a beautiful lake surrounded by lavish green forests where animals of all kinds, from elephants and rhino, to small birds and swift deerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, come to quench their thirst. A mere imagination of such a situation has the potential to fill your nerves with immense thrill and adventure. And all this can be turned into a tangible reality with a wildlife safari in Central.
One of the widely cherished wildlife spots in Central India that registers substantial footfall every year is Bandhavgarh National Park. Situated in the Sahdol district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is known for a dense population of big cats, especially the Royal Bengal Tiger and leopards. Nestled in Vindhyan Mountains, this scenic park is covered with reeds and marshes. In addition to tiger, in Bandhavgarh youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll also come across several other intriguing wild animals, like Chital, Dhole, Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Langur, Rhesus, Monkey, Chinkara, Porcupine, just to name a few.
Another gem in the crown of Indian wildlife is Kanha National Park. Situated along the borders of Balaghat and Mandla districts of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha is hailed as the most natural habitat for wild beings. Lush sal and bamboo forest, picturesque ravines, flanked with green meadows served as an inspiration to Rudyard KiplingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s epic literary work Ã¢â‚¬ËœJungle BookÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. The Park is popular for the Royal Bengal Tiger and Swamp Deer. Some strict conservation policies and concerted efforts have made the place rank amongst the most well-maintained parks in Asia.
Both these places treasure incredibly large varieties of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rarest species of flora and fauna, making them the perfect destinations for an outing with family and friends. Exploring these parks wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take even an effort more than letting us know about your touring plans. So get set for a adventurous wildlife safari with Shikhar Travels. Cheers……….
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