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Panna National Park

Wellness in wilderness

It's always nice to be out in nature after the hustle and bustle of Indian towns. Panna National Park is a lovely sanctuary to tigers, elephants, leopards, antelope, spotted deer, monkeys and more.

It will also be an opportunity for us to delve further into our study of meditation, after all, where better than in nature. We'll head out one morning in jeeps and explore the park which is always fun. There's plenty of wildlife to be seen and if we are lucky perhaps even that elusive tiger.

The below text is adopted from Taj Safaris.

Panna is situated in the Vindhya Hill range and spreads over the Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. Panna National Park is the most important protected area in the north-central highlands of India, as it links the eastern and western populations of wild animals through the Vindhya ranges.

Situated just 31 km from the world famous temples at Khajuraho, Panna National Park is located along the banks of the Ken River. The Park, with its deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests, is predominantly a plateau, with sprawling flatlands punctuated by hills, deep valleys and gorges. The terrain is largely rocky and uneven. There are mixed dry deciduous forests with short grasses and open woods. Lower altitudes are characterised by taller grasses and closed woodlands. Common bamboo also occurs on hilly slopes and gorges.

Panna Fauna
Panna is home to the majestic Bengal tiger, as well as the leopard, wild dog, wolf, hyena, caracal and other, smaller cats. The Park's rock escarpments and undisturbed vales are the favoured home of the sloth bear, while the wooded areas are dotted with sambar, the largest of the Indian deer, chital and chowsingha. Nilgai and chinkara are frequently spotted in most open areas in the grasslands, particularly on the periphery of the Park.

Panna Flora
Panna's hot and dry climate has combined with the shallow Vindhyan soils to create dry teak and mixed forests. The dry, deciduous forest that covers the majority of the Park is interspersed with open grasslands. The Park is located on a vast plateau, dominated by a tropical forests, deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests. The Ken River flows through the reserve from north to south, with dense riverine thickets lining its banks.

river sunset