Shivpuri’s tranquil forests have a long history with the various Indian royal figures that ruled the central Indian region. The Mughal emperors hunted here, and Akbar the Great rounded up thousands of elephants from the forests to use in his military campaigns throughout the Indian subcontinent. Gwalior’s Scindia rulers used the area as their summer retreat, and in later decades tigers were wiped completely from the rolling hills and thick forests of Shivpuri by overhunting.
Madhav Vilas was the summer palace of the Scindia rulers. The marble buildings have a rose-tint to their intricate exteriors, and are set in a splendid Mughal garden. The palace turrets offer a stunning view of Shivpuri town, and the Madhav National Park that lies beyond.
The overhunting of the forested areas by Indian royalty and British officers through the early 20th century all but destroyed the animal population in the forests around Shivpuri. The elephants, tigers, and numerous other species of animals vanished from the area. Madhav National Park was created in 1958, and the nature preserve protects some 135-square-miles of forests where leopards, wolves, hyenas, jackals, and spotted deer are among the dozens of wild animals that managed to survive the enumerable hunting trips that wiped out the area’s tiger and elephant populations.
There are more than 200 species of birds that can be spotted in the nature preserve, and in the recent years several reported tiger sightings have brought hope that India’s greatest predator might be making a comeback in region.
The best safari weather in Shivpuri is between October and March. From April to June the temperatures steadily rise until the seasonal rains between July and September refresh the area’s plant life.
Shivpuri is in Madhya Pradesh, central India. A flight from Delhi or Mumbai to the state’s capital Indore, and then a private vehicle trip to Shivpuri is the best way to reach Madhav National Park.
The plethora of wildlife and stunning hunting lodges left from bygone empires are a special treat for guests on our tours of India.
Appropriate Attire :
Dress for hot weather and wear stout shoes especially when embarking on safaris into the nature preserve.
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