Panna National Park

Location: Khajuraho (57 kilometers), Madhya Pradesh
Best Time To Visit: January to May
Main Attractions: Tigers, Elephants and Leopards

Panna National Park is a fascinating wildlife destination located in the enchhanting state of Madhya Pradesh. It is a Tiger Reserve which attracts wildlife enthusiasts from across the world. It is also home to a variety of other wildlife species. Not only this Panna is also famous for its diamonds. This Park is fast gaining popularity as a major wildlife destination of India.

The presence of a wide variety of fauna makes this Park a promising site for nature lovers. Antelopes, deer, hyena, wolf, wild dog etc can be commonly seen in the Park. As you go deep into the wooded areas you will find sambar, chowsingha and chital. The best region for sighting nilgai is the grasslands of the Park.

Covering an area of 543 sq km, the Park comes under 'Project Tiger'. It also boasts of a rich variety of colorful birds such as white necked stork, honey Buzzard, King vulture, bareheaded goose, Paradise flycatcher, Blossom headed Parakeet. More than 200 bird species have been spotted inside the Park. Apart from this the Park also provides shelter to reptiles like python and other snake species.

The landscape of the Park is dominated by dry teak and dry mixed forests. A variety of floral species are found here such as Tectona grandis, Anogeissus latifolia, Madhuca indica, Diospyros melanoxylon, Buchnania latifolia and Anogeissus pendula.

Go on a jeep safari and explore the Park and you might end up having a glimpse of a tiger. For entry into the Park Indian nationals need to pay Rs. 40 and foreign nationals have to buy a ticket worth Rs. 500. Extra amount is charged for boat rides, personal vehicle entry, carrying cameras and hiring jeeps.

How To Reach Panna National Park

By Air:The nearest airport is at Khajuraho. It is just 57 kilometers away from the Panna National Park. Regular flights from Delhi, Varanasi and Mumbai are available from Khajuraho Airport.

By Rail:Satna is the nearest railhead which is at a distance of 90 kilometers from Panna. This major railway hub connects to several important cities of India.

By Road:The bus stand at Panna is connected to Khajuraho and other towns of Madhya Pradesh as well. You can also hire private taxis from Khajuraho. The Rajgarh Palace is another attraction near the Park.

Panna is also famous for its diamond mining industry. The only diamond mine of India is located 55 km from the park at Majhgaon. Pandav falls and Rajgarh Palace are the other nearby attractions.

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