Established in 1981, this park is a relative newcomer, as far as national parks actually go. However, given that it’s approaching the 40 year mark since its designation, it’s still keeping a surprisingly low profile – yet this is part of its inherent appeal.
The park’s lack of tourists may explain why you’re actually allowed to walk around here, but perhaps not. There’s something extra exhilarating about being in the only park in the country where a jeep safari is not required, and you can actually set off (with a guide, of course) on foot. This is a park where another warning about safety seems pertinent; always respect nature and the local people, and you shall be rewarded for doing what you are told.
Hidden among the rich forest ecosystem you’ll find plenty of wildlife, including leopard cubs, wild boar and, here’s hoping, tigers (which a particular penchant for swimming in the Sonbhadra River).
If you’re visiting, you’re only a three hour drive from the closest airport, Bhopal. There are plenty of luxury accommodations in the vicinity, and the best time to visit is between October and March.