Kanha Tiger Reserve
Kanha is the home to Madhya Pradesh's state animal, the Swamp Deer or the hard ground Barasingha.This sub species of Barasingha is ound only in Kanha's natural habitat. Kanha buffer inhabits Baiga and Gond tribal communities. Their villages are clean with aesthetically designed houses painted in bright blues, whites and greens. The forest in Kanha buffer has an enviable landscape with hills, meadows and thick woods. Situated in North East of Kanha National Park, is the Phen wildlife sanctuary. This area is excellent spot for bird watching and spotting animals like hyena, fox, sloth bear, blue bull and barking deer.
|Buffer Zones:||Motinala, Khapa, Khatia,Sijhora,Samnapur, Garhi.|
|Attraction Points:||Banjar river, Phen Sanctuary, Matihari dam, Kawardha Palace, Medicinal Plantation.|
|How to reach:||
Nearest Airport:Jabalpur, Raipur, Nagpur.
Nearest Railway Junction:Jabalpur, Gondia.
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Bandhavgarh Buffer has one of India's most picturesque jungles. This forest has an ancient history,entwined with that of the kings of the Rewa dynasty. This area has a stimulating mix of history and wild nature which impacts anyone who visits this incredible forest area. Moreover, benefits of tourism in Buffer Zone will trickle down to the people at the bottom of the pyramid.
|Buffer Zones:||Panapatha, Manpur, Dhamokar.|
|Attraction Points:||Gabdhi ghaat, Badiya ghaat,Jurnar ghaat,Johila fall, Jhanjh Nature point, Mudgudi, Kerhawah.|
|How to reach:||
Nearest Railway Junction:Shahdol Junction.
Pench Tiger Reserve
Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south which has inspired many writers and naturalists like Captain J. Forsyth in 'Highlands of Central India' and Rudyard Kipling in the 'Jungle Book'. Visiting Pench buffer area is an opportunity to stimulate ones senses through the call of the cicada or the sight of the common butterflies hovering around which is also so much a part of the forest.
Sanjay Tiger Reserve
The buffer zone of Sanjay Dubri tiger reserve is basically a moist deciduous forest consisting mainly of sal. With extensive care and efforts made by the forest department, tigers are making a come back to this region.
Rivers Gopad and Banas flow into the river Son to form Son Gharial Sanctuary which is one of the five places in the world where the critically endangered gharials are breeding in the wild. Bagdara Sanctuary, known for spectacular black bucks is also a famous tourist spot of this region.
|Buffer Zones:||Beohari,Marwas,Tamsar, Bhuimad.|
|Attraction Points:||Gidda view point, Sehra Dam, Home stays at Karwahi, Barchar Dam, Bagdhara, Son Ghariyal Sanctuary.|
|How to reach:||
Nearest Airport:Jabalpur, Varanasi.
Nearest Railway Junction:Rewa.
Satpura Tiger Reserve
The buffer of Satpura Tiger Reserve, offers beautiful views of the forests, mountains, deep gorges and rivers that leaves one spellbound. This area continues to gain a reputation as a destination for the nature tourists and for those who prefer trekking and water based activities on the Denwa river . Satpura is also the second home to reintroduced hard ground Barasingha.
Madhai has remarkable ecological values which have bought much-needed global attention to this lush biodiversity-rich forest. This area is also home to riparian giant squirrel and flying squirrel.
Pachmarhi, the famous hill station of MP is a part of Satpura landscape. The lustrous greenery combined with the majestic hills and the cascading waterfalls presents eye-catching scenery to the tourists.
|Attraction Points:||Forsyth Trail,Chopna Camp,Dehlia,Kanjighat Pachmarhi.|
|How to reach:||
Nearest Airport:Jabalpur, Bhopal.
Nearest Railway Junction:Sohagpur (18kms), Hoshangabad (45kms), Itarsi (65kms) & Pipariya.
Panna Tiger Reserve
Located on the banks of the River Ken, the buffer of this park is lush green with deep ravines,cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests. It attracts an excellent variety of resident and migratory bird species, from storks and cranes to eagles and vultures.
|Buffer Zones:||Panna Buffer, Chandnagar, Amanganj, Kishangarh, Raneh fall Sanctuary.|
|Attraction Points:||Ken river, Bariyarpur Dam, Pandvan, Reneh Fall, Ken Ghariyal sanctuary.|
|How to reach:||
Nearest Railway Junction:Satna Junction.
Tiger Interpretation Area
Tiger Interpretation Area (TIA) aims to provide a unique wildlife experience for keen tourists to have a closer feel of Nature and Wildlife. TIA is being created in the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh and Pench Tiger Reserve to divert the pressure of tiger centric tourism from the core zone. These areas in buffer will provide a unique opportunity for the tourist to understand tiger ecology and behaviour in their natural environment. This will increase the level of awareness among the tourists as well as help in providing livelihood opportunities to the local communities of these areas.
Development of Tiger Interpretation Area will also encourage more research and study programmes to help value wildlife tourism.
Eco Volunteer Force
Madhya Pradesh is endowed with rich and diverse forest resources. One third of the state is forested and offers an exciting panorama of wildlife. To enhance the conservation value of biological diversity, there is a need to establish awareness among the general public. Moreover, it was felt that the existing staff of the Forest department is overburdened with a number of tasks beyond their core focus of protection and administration. Therefore a ‘volunteer force’ is proposed to be created comprising of wildlife enthusiasts who are basically citizens of civil society but dedicated to devote their time, talent and energy to help the State of Madhya Pradesh to manage its rich biodiversity in a better way. This ‘volunteer force’ can assist various Park Managements in carrying out their critical functions without compromising on their core focus of conservation and protection of the biodiversity.
The Volunteer Force can be used for the following activities by the Park Management:
1. Monitoring bio-diversity including population surveys of Tigers, Birds and Ungulates.
2. Enforcement including patrolling and intelligence gathering.
3. CSR initiatives including fund-raising.
4. Crowd management at pilgrim centres and annual fairs.
5. Awareness programmes with special focus on school children and also on fire awareness.
6. Handholding in Conflict and crisis management.
7. Training of field staff and other personnel.