Madhav National Park in Madhya Pradesh
Madhav National Park is situated in Shivpuri District, in northwestern Madhya Pradesh state, India. Madhav National Park is named after Madho Rao Scindia. Madho Rao Scindia was the 5th Maharaja of Gwalior, belonging to the Scindian dynasty of the Marathas. He acceded to the throne in 1886 and reigned until his death in 1925.
Madhav National Park is spread across an area of 354 square kilometers and is home to a variety of wildlife. Sakhya Sagar Lake and Madhav Sagar lake were created by Madho Rao Scindia, the erstwhile Maharaja of Gwalior in 1918 on Manier River. These two lakes are the two major biodiversity support systems in the Madhav National park. Madhav National Park is an important mp tourism destination.
There is a boat club on the shores of Sakhya Sagar lake, which offers the chance to see a large number of migratory birds, especially during the winter season. Maharaja of Gwalior also constructed a large number of boat landing areas, watch towers, picnic shelters, hides, etc, around the lake. “Shooting Box“, a viewing lodge, was also constructed by the Maharaja, which is situated above the Sakhya Sagar lake. In the older days, one could shoot wildlife here.
George Castle, at an altitude of around 484 meters or 1597 feet, is the highest point, which lies deep inside the forest. ‘George Castle’ was built by Gwalior royal family, for tiger shooting by the then British King George V, for an overnight halt here for tiger shooting, when King George V visited India in 1911.
Churanchaj ancient wall paintings is a nearby tourist attraction. Other important nearby tourist places are the Tunda Bharka spring and Bhura-kho spring and watch tower.
Shivpuri city, currently the district headquarters and the erstwhile summer capital of the Scindia rulers, lies close to the Madhav National Park. Shivpuri was the former hunting grounds of the ‘Scindias’ and ‘Mughals‘. Large herds of elephants were captured from here by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Tigers and other animals were also seen in large numbers in the early 20th century. Lord Hardinge is reported to have shot 8 tigers in one day in 1916 at Shivpuri. Lord Minto is supposed to have shot 19 tigers during his trip to this princely state of Gwalior. Tiger population has almost extincted (#endangeredspecies) here, from the second half the last century. Deer, sambar, chausingha or four-horned antelope, Nilgai, blackbuck, leopard, sloth bear, common langur, etc, are some of the animals found at the Madhav National Park.
How do I go to Madhav National Park?
Shivpuri city, off the Agra-Mumbai Highway, is the nearest town to Madhav National Park, at around 10 kilometers distance. Gwalior airport, the nearest airport to the Madhav National Park is at around 130 kilometers distance.