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Located north of Shivpuri, the Madhav national park, is one of the oldest national parks in Madhya Pradesh. Established in the year 1955, originally it was the royal hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Gwalior. The total area of this park is 354.61 sq km.

In the year 1918, Shri Madhav Rao Scindia of Gwalior constructed dams on the Manihar river creating the Sakhya Sagar and Madhav lakes which at present are the only large water bodies supporting the park besides several other nallas and springs.

The Leopard is the commonly sighted carnivore in this park. Other carnivores include wolf, jackal, hyena and wild dog. The Madhav National Park has a very high concentration of spotted deer, chinkara and nilgai and also wild boar. Also seen are sambhar and chousingha. The artificial lake, Sakhya Sagar, is home to various species of birds including migratory birds like Demoiselle cranes, spotbill, pelicans, spoonbills, barheaded geese, shovellers, etc. Cobra, common krait and Indian python are occasionally sighted. The two lakes are rich in fish fauna. Entry to the park is open throughout the year.

How to reach;

Gwalior is the nearest airport whereas Jhansi is the nearest rail head. The park is easily accessible from Shivpuri and Jhansi as it is located on Agra-Mumbai (NH-3) and Shivpuri-Jhansi (NH-25) national highways passing through this park.

Content Courtesy : MP Madhyam.