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The Forest Rest Houses are unique to Corbett National Park. It is only in Corbett that there is an opportunity to stay inside the national park. The complex is located on the banks of Ramganga river and overlooks the foothills of the Himalayas. It is surrounded by an electric fence which is only switched on at night.

Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the roar, trumpet, and song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna are found in the reserve.

The terrain of Corbett is a mix of dense woodlands, open grasslands, riverbeds. The light in different backdrops is quite different and dramatic. Seeing tigers in these different backdrops in one jungle is unique. Corbett is also a great place to photograph birds. It is common to see some raptors perched on trees next to the Ramganga river waiting for their food.

After crossing the river the guide spotted a tiger sitting hardly visible in tall grass. Only the backs of the ears were visible! With some patience we waited for it to move which it eventually did along a small stony gully. On climbing out of this it entered some bushes on a low ridge. My guide knew where it would emerge and could position us for another good view.

Kanha is tribal country, and a perfect example of man-animal co-existence. This was the first park where a village was moved out from the core area of the forest and relocated outside. Subsequently, many other villages were moved out to give more undisturbed space to the tigers. The grateful tribal people accepted the generous compensation packages thus creating a haven for tigers in Kanha and it became a win-win situation for both them and the tigers.

Kanha's sal, the most common tree, and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 in dramatic natural splendour. They form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve which was created in 1974 under Project Tiger. This is the original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book.

Kanha is a flagship national park of India when it comes to successful conservation stories. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi). This species was brought back from the brink of extinction in this very park. The number in 80s was just 60, today they are over 800 roaming freely in the park. Kanha has also assisted in repopulating the Indian Gaur population in Bandhavgarh where they were last seen in 1997. Today over 300 Indian Gaur are present in Bandhavgarh.

The afternoon jeep safari in the Bandhavgarh National Park was very successful safari since we located a large tiger cooling off in a pool. The area consisted of fairly open bamboo forest in which we could track the tiger for some time afterwards. The bamboo grows in clumps about 8m tall. After 25 years it flowers and dies as do all types of bamboo although the period to flowering varies considerably depending on the species.

Bandhavgarh national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. This is the place where the famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears, Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc.

Bandhavgarh has been a centre of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C.

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