Madhav National Park

Used by the Mughal Rulers and the Maratha Emperors as their hunting ground, Madhav National Park is now a magnificent wildlife sanctuary located in the Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh, Central India. Spreading in an expansive area of 354 square kilometers, this luxuriant jungle is endowed with some of the most breathtaking views of the lush greenery and architectural wonders edified by the former rulers of Gwalior. The park has experienced many royal movements since the time of the Mughal ruler Akbar, who is believed to have captured elephants from here during 1564. Madhav National Park attracts a horde of visitors with its beautiful surroundings that consist of lakes, dense woodlands, and castles.

Named after the Maharaja of Gwalior from the Scindia Dynasty of the Marathas, Madho Rao Scindia, the park was declared a National Park in the year 1958. An enchanting paradise for all nature and wildlife lovers, exploring the majestic surroundings of this woodland with a diverse variety of flora and fauna is a fascinating experience. The park inhabits several wild animals such as tigers, nilgai, sambar, hyena, sloth bear, and crocodiles. Many young travelers and tourists visit this national park for a day out and to witness the captivating flora and fauna along with the sight of the remarkable monuments, that once belonged to the monarchs of Gwalior.

The landscape of Madhav National Park mostly consists of dry deciduous and dry thorn forests that create the perfect home for a different variety of antelopes and many other carnivorous animals. Its unique terrain of hills, dry, mixed forests, grasslands, and lakes, makes it an ideal spot for wildlife and many avian species. The Sakhya and Madhav Sagar Lake present at the center of the forest assists several migratory birds to thrive such as geese, pochard, mallard, and gadwall, and act as a nesting ground for birds and marsh crocodiles that are inhabited here in abundance.

Dominant Flora

Dhawda, Palash, Khair, Kerdhai, and Salai

Dominant Fauna

Mammals: Tiger, Leopard, Striped Hyena, Common Langur, Blackbuck, Jackals, Sambar, Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Chausingha, Barking Deer, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Wolf, etc.

Birds: White-breasted kingfisher, Purple Sunbird, Migratory Geese Oriole, Pochard, Pintail, White Ibis, Cormorant, Painted Stock, Red-Wattled Lapwing, Large Pied Wagtail, Laggar Falcon, Indian Pond Heron Mallard, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, and Gadwall.

Climatic Conditions

The area witnesses a tropical weather with summers being scorching hot and very harsh winters. The park experiences an average to less rainfall that makes up the dry deciduous and thorny forests.

Months between October and March are ideal for visiting this park which witnesses a wide-ranging population of migratory birds during the winters. Summers are extremely hot here as the temperature rises to 47 degrees Celsius, however, the temperature somerimes drops to as low as 3 degrees Celsius during winters.

How to Reach

Nearest Train Station: Shivpuri has its own railhead which is well-connected to all the major cities of the country. Taxis and buses are available from the station to head to the park.

Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is the Gwalior Airport from Madhav National Park which is at a distance of 125.6km. Buses and taxis are available from the airport that will take you to your destination which takes about 2-hour drive.

Road Accessibility : Shivpuri connects to several cities by well-maintained road network which leads directly to the park.

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