Kanha Tiger Reserve has this air of mysterious tranquility

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Kanha is the largest national park in Central India with rich biodiversity of trees, flora and fauna. It was created in 1955 and made a tiger reserve in 1973. The park has a significant population of the Royal Bengal tigerIndian leopards, the sloth bearbarasingha and Indian wild dog.  Rudyard Kipling‘s novel The Jungle Book is based on jungles including this reserve.

Light through the trees at Kanha

The feeling of mysterious tranquility can only be experienced in a forest. Few days at this national park allowed us to soak ourselves in that feeling. The light through thick cover of trees is an eternally enchanting sight. Looking at the trees make you realise that they have been around for a long long time before you appeared on this planet and will continue to be around for a long time after you are gone. Just like the mountains, these trees have the quality of giving you that reality check which many of us need so often.

Light through the trees at Kanha Tiger Reserve

Flora at Kanha

Flora at Kanha is rich over 1000 species of flowering plants, which contributes to its biodiversity. The lowland forest is a mixture of sal (Shorea robusta) and other mixed-forest trees, interspersed with meadows. The highland forests are tropical moist and dry deciduous type.

This national park has plenty of meadows or maidans which are basically open grasslands that have sprung up in fields of abandoned villages, evacuated to make way for the animals. Kanha meadow is one such example. Many species of grass are recorded at Kanha, some of which are important for the survival of barasingha (Cervus duvauceli branderi) and the gaur (Bos gaurus). Densely forested zones with good crown cover have abundant species of climbers, shrubs, and herbs flourishing in the understory. Aquatic plants in numerous tal (lakes) are life-lines for migratory and wetland species of birds.

Fauna at Kanha


Fauna at this tiger reserve includes species of tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes and jackals. Among the deer species, swamp deer or hard-ground barasingha is the pride of the place. The tiger reserve has been instrumental in rescuing the swamp deer from extinction. Indian gaur, belonging to the ox genus, are found in Kanha, but seen mostly as winter ends. In summer, gaur inhabit meadows and waterholes in the park. Other commonly seen animals in the park include the spotted deersambarbarking deer, and the four-horned antelope.


The reserve brings around 300 species of birds and the most commonly seen birds are the black ibis, bee-eaters, cattle egretblossom-headed parakeets, pond heron, drongos, common tealcrested serpent eagle, grey hornbill, Indian rollerlesser adjutantlittle grebeslesser whistling teal, minivets, pied hornbill, woodpecker, pigeon, paradise flycatchers, mynas, Indian peafowlred junglefowlred-wattled lapwingsteppe eagleTickell’s blue flycatcherwhite-eyed buzzardwhite-breasted kingfisherwhite-browed fantail, wood shrikes, and warblers, among many more.


Reptiles such as Indian pythonsIndian cobras, krait, rat snakes, vipers, keelbacks, and grass snakes are nocturnal animals, so rarely are seen. Many species of turtles and amphibians are found in or near the water bodies in this national park.

The sheer diversity of flora and fauna at Kanha makes it a rich biodiversity zone.

Source : actual visit and Wikipedia

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Forest walk in the mountains

Forest walk in the mountains near Rakcham in this region of Sangla valley was a beautiful trail. Pine trees dotted the entire stretch.

Forest walk in Sangla valley, Himachal

Most noteworthy aspect of this jungle walk was that the only sound was that of the breeze and the fast flowing Baspa river below in the valley. During the entire stretch, we did not come across a single soul. Finally, when we started going down towards the plain after the forest walk got over, we noticed an odd shepherd looking after his large flock.

Sangla valley

Sangla valley is surrounded by forested slopes. It offers views of the high mountains.  Furthermore, this valley is rich in apple orchards, apricot, Wall-nut, Cedar trees, and glacial streams with trout. Besides Chitkul and Kamru, main villages in the valley include Rakcham, Batseri, Themgarang, Chansu, Brua, Shong ,Kilba and Sapni. 

Sangla Valley is a part of Kinnaur and inhibited by Kinnauris. The main livelihood is agriculture. Apples are a major cash crop here. This region grows some of the finest apples worldwide. The soil here as well as the weather contribute to the superior quality of the apples grown here.  The valley is shut during winter due to heavy snowfall during the months from December to May. At Karcham, the old Indo-Tibet road connects Sangla to  National Highway 05.

( Sangla valley, 2014 )

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