The everyday city life can often tend to set up something of a rut in your life and that’s why, this World Wildlife Day, you have to take a break from it all. To break the monotony, we’ve got the perfect list for you. We’ve compiled the best places near Indore where you can take in the enthralling beauty of nature, let go of technology and most importantly, your responsibilities. All of the national parks and sanctuaries mentioned here are in Madhya Pradesh, and they’re all just a long drive away!

Van Vihar National Park

The name of this national park says it all. It is one of the most vibrant national parks in the country and one can find almost 200 species of birds and around 60 species of butterflies. It is an abode of animals such as Albino sloth bears, White tigers, lions, sambhars, cheetals and many more. Besides that, you can also spot crocodiles, gharials and several species of tortoise here. The national park is situated near Bhopal and has some historical significance as well. If you’re here, remember to carry a raincoat as the heavy rains here are non-stop.

Van Vihar National park is located 196 kilometers from Indore and it should take you 4 hours to get there.

Satpura National Park

The national park is best known for its rugged terrain, scenic landscapes, deep gorges, magnificent waterfalls and, of course, the variety of wilderness that can be found here. Each of the sandstone peaks and lush valleys tell a different tale and encapsulate everything that one loves about a biome. The biodiversity hub is home to a variety of land animals and more than hundreds of species of aquatic life. Here, the choice of safaris offer a varied experience as one of them takes you along the forest on elephant backs while the other takes you into the backwaters of the forest.

Satpura National park is located 280 kilometers from Indore and it should take you 7 hours to get there.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Deemed as the ‘Tiger’s territory’ Bandhavgarh National Park is home to the largest number of Bengal tigers in the world. Be sure to take your camera along with you and capture the tigers in all their glory. If you’re on a safari here, you may just see some little tiger cubs playfully loitering about, or maybe even some full grown tigers just lurking around the corner, keeping a watchful eye. The national park also holds historical and mythological relevance, so don’t get spooked if you feel some otherworldly vibes here.

Bandhavgarh National park is located 643 kilometers from Indore and it should take you 12 hours to get there.

Pench National Park

The name may ring a bell for you. Not because the national park is regarded as one of the best in the county, but because it is Mowgli’s place of birth! The serene beauty of the place, the mesmerizing wilderness and the vibrant aura is perhaps why Rudyard Kipling chose this as the place as an inspiration for ‘The Jungle Book’. The national park is home to lions, tigers, jaguars and several other ferocious big cats, so be wary of those. Apart from that, it also houses over 250 species of rare, migratory birds, which add to the already incredible aura of Pench.

Pench National park is located 523 kilometers from Indore and it should take you 10 hours to get there.

Kanha National Park

A visit to one of the most famous natural reserves in Madhya Pradesh is Kanha National Park is the best way to blow off steam of everyday city life. It is lush with a variety of flora and fauna and is well known for the many species of birds and aquatic life. The national park is spread across an area of 940 square kilometers. One of the main advantage of going here is that you might get a chance to witness hordes of Barasinghas in the Sonf Meadows, which is a sight to behold.

Kanha National park is located 612 kilometers from Indore and it should take you 11 hours to get there.

World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 03 and this is the perfect time to celebrate the day with nature. We hope that this list gives you an idea of the best biomes that you can pay a visit to from Indore over a weekend.

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