The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous book The Jungle Book. Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created under Project Tiger in 1974. It is located in Mandla and Balaghat districts of the state. The Park's landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hard ground swamp deer (bara singha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programmes for overall protection of the park's fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained national parks in Asia. A heightened attraction within the park is Bamni Dadar, popularly known as Sunset Point that offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop of the sunset against grazing sambhars and gaurs, magnifying the natural splendour of the area. Besides diverse wildlife and bird population, tigers are frequently spotted roaming in the wild at Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary. In the 1930s, Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar, of sq m 250 and sq m 300 respectively. Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955. Together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 sq km and the neighbouring 110 sq km Phen Sanctuary it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve. This makes it the largest national park in Central India.

The park has a significant population of royal Bengal tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha are reason enough to go there.

Kipling Camp-Kanha

KIPLING CAMP was established in 1982 on the edge of Kanha National Park, by conservationists Bob and Anne Wright. It is now owned and managed by Anne and their daughter, renowned tiger conservationist Belinda Wright. It was one of the first private wildlife resorts in India and remains among the finest, with attention given to every little detail.

Kipling is the perfect destination for those who wish to relax in idyllic surroundings and explore the remote forests and villages of Central India. It is also the home of Tara, the much-loved elephant who starred in Mark Shand’s best-selling book “Travels on my Elephant”. Tara loves to be bathed and scrubbed in the Banjar River – an unforgettable experience for the guests. Accommodation is in comfortable cottages, with en-suite bathrooms and large verandahs, which are set in acres of unspoilt jungle and a lake. A large portion of the property has been set-aside as a sanctuary for the wildlife.

Kanha National Park is one of the largest and most beautiful wildlife areas in Asia. Safaris into Kanha offer excellent opportunities for wildlife photography and bird watching and it is considered one of the best places in the world to see wild tigers. Other activities include bird watching walks and visits to local villages and colourful weekly markets. Guests can also choose a book from the extensive camp library and relax in a hammock, or indulge in a massage from our two masseuses using the purest Ayurvedic oils. At night we show wildlife films and host tribal dance performances.

Kipling Camp’s motto is “treading softly in the jungle”. Apart from ensuring that guests have a comfortable and memorable experience, Kipling has always supported wildlife conservation initiatives, community welfare and responsible tourism. We have tried to move gently with the times without spoiling the area and the Camp's magical atmosphere. It is a place of peace and relaxation that strives to stay in harmony with nature. Many guests return time and again, staying for a week or more.

In December 2012, Kipling Camp received the Tour Operators for Tigers’ (TOFT) coveted PUG certificate for “Outstanding Practice”. TOFT is India’s voice for responsible tourism in wilderness areas and this is their highest rating given to “exemplary industry leaders”. In September 2014, Kipling Camp was selected as the Joint Winner of the prestigious Sanctuary TOFTiger "Most Inspirational Eco Lodge of the Year 2014” Award.

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