Madhav National Park is in Shivpuri District of Gwalior. In the historical days Shivapuri acted as summer capital of Scindia rulers of Gwalior. Dense forest in Shivapuri is used for hunting purpose for Mughal Emperors.
What to see in Madhav National Park: Area covered by this National park is 354 Sq.kms. This was established in 1959. Madhav National park opens to the tourists all throughout the year. This park is so beautiful with flat grass lands and wooded hills. It is the best place to see huge variety of wildlife. Major attraction of this National Park is Palash, Tendu, Dhawda, kerdhai, Salai etc…
Earlier this place acted as royal game reserve. This park is most famous for the Tiger species. As per the records, in 1916, 8 tiger are killed daily. During the visit to Gwalior state Lord Minto shot 19 tigers. To protect the wild life from hunting this was declared as national park in 1958. Trees in this temple are also most attractive. Major tree attractions of this place are Palash, Tendu, Dhawda, Kerdhai, Salai, Khair etc…
Migratory birds also attracts towards this national park. Most attractive migratory birds of this national park are Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Pintail, Pochard, Geese. This park consists of two lakes one is Madhav Sagar and Sakhya Sagar. Huge number of crocodiles can be seen in Sakhya Sagar Lake. Another major attraction of this park is George Castle. This castle was built by Jivaji Rao Scindia.
What to see around Madhav National Park:
Chhatri: This is the empty tomb of Scindia’s. It reflects both Islamic and Hindu style. Near this tomb another attraction is Mughal garden. It is located 10kms away from Madhav National Park.
Shivapuri Museum: It is located 2kms away from Madhav National Park. Major attractions of this park are Artifacts, Status and Sculpture. Most of the artifacts belong to Narwar region. Almost all the sculptures and statues belong to Jain Tirthankaras.
Madhav Vilas Palace: It is located 14kms away from Madhav National Park. This is the summer recreation for Scindia’s. From this palace visitors can view Madhav National park and Shivapuri Town very clearly. This Palace is popularly known as The Mahal. Terraces of this Palace are so beautiful and finished with Marble floors. Now this palace is using by Indian Intelligence Bureau to run training centre.
Narwar Fort: It is located 41kms away from Shivapuri. This was constructed in Rajput style by Kachwaha Rajputs.
Getting to Madhav National Park: Park is well connected by road. From Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jhansi, both private and state run buses are available to reach this park. Nearest railway station is at Shivapuri. Shivapuri is well connected to Amritsar, Dehradun, Bhind, Kota, Bhopal, Gwalior and Indore. Nearest airport is located at Gwalior.
Getting around Madhav National Park: Private vehicles are allowed inside the park. These vehicles can be used to visit the surrounding places of Madhav National Park.
Best time to visit Madhav National Park: Best time to visit Madhav National Park is between October to March. During the summer season animals and birds in this park are most visible.
Where to stay in Madhav National Park: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in the park. But only budget, midrange hotels along with lodges are available. Tourism is department is offering some rest houses in this park.
Where to eat in Madhav National Park: No eating places are available to eat in Madhav National Park. It is advisable to carry water and food.