Around 40 km away from the world heritage site of Khajuraho, is Panna Tiger Reserve. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2011, the deep, lush and uneven terrains of Panna National Park are home to more than 40 tigers, animals such as leopard, chital, chinkara, nilgai, sambar, the sloth bear, and around 200 species of avifauna. For animal lovers travelling to Khajuraho, a visit to Panna Tiger Reserve is a gem of an expedition!
What to do at Panna Tiger Reserve?
Panna Tiger Reserve was once a private hunting ground for the erstwhile rulers of Panna. But now that it is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world, the best way to explore this tiger reserve near Khajuraho is with a wildlife safari. Tiger sightings however are very rare here, and luck favors the very patient ones. The reserve is a good place for birdwatching, and you can enjoy sightings of animals such as sambar, antelope, chital, leopard, wild dogs, wolves, and hyenas. An enjoyable part of the Panna National Park Safari are the local guides who operate these rides. The Pardhi people are known for their unparalleled knowledge about the wilderness of Panna, and many of them are trained as nature guides.
The Best Time to Visit Panna Tiger Reserve
Panna Tiger Reserve remains open for tourists from October 15th till June 30th of the following year. November to March remains the peak season, owing to low temperature. Post monsoon, ie. from November to February, is a good time for birdwatching. April, May and June are extremely hot, but these months offer the best chances of tiger sightings.
Distance from Khajuraho to Panna Tiger Reserve
The distance from Khajuraho to Panna Tiger Reserve is around 44 km. Panna Tiger Reserve is roughly an hour’s drive away from Khajuraho. So, if you are traveling to this ancient temple town, it is a great idea to plan a day trip and enjoy a tiger safari at the national park.
Looking for a great place to stay?
If you are visiting Panna Tiger Reserve, it is ideal that you stay at Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Clarks Khajuraho, our luxury hotel in Khajuraho, is the perfect place for you to relax and enjoy your stay.