Last home to the Swamp Deer (Barasingha) | Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Swamp Deer (Barasingha) in Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Swamp Deer (Barasingha) in Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

If you are a wildlife lover, a trip to the Kanha National Park has to be on your bucket list.

In many ways, Kanha can be a highly satisfying experience in more ways than one. Just the drive to the park relaxes your senses: the terrain is hilly and serene, cutting through fields and villages. Closer to Kanha, you will see settlments of Baiga and Gond tribal communities. Their villages are clean with aesthetically designed houses painted in bright blues, whites and greens. These tribals still maintain much of the lifestyle of generations gone by.

The forest boasts an enviable landscape with its hills, meadows and thick woods. No matter when you go, the jungle is alive with its hundreds of species of flora and fauna.

Kanha has been a victim of the ever increasing demand for land for human settlements as well as indiscriminate poaching and hunting in the past; but it is also an example of what committed conservation efforts can yield. The park is the last home to the Hard-Ground Barasingha (Swamp Deer). From a population of around 3,000 in 1938, their population dwindled to a near-extinction level of just 66 in 1970. Their current population is in excess of 400. Tigers too have trebled in numbers to about 150 during the same time period.

Kanha is home to the tiger. And the barasingha. And other beautiful creations of Nature. Allow yourself to experience the joy.

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