Madhya Pradesh is one of the kings of the Indian jungle when it comes to tiger parks, and the Jungle Book forests of Kanha Tiger Reserve are its most famous. The forests are vast, and while your chances of seeing a tiger are slightly lower than at nearby Bandhavgarh, this is still one of India's best parks for tiger encounters. Here you can really go deep into the forest for a more complete safari experience.
Recent surveys indicate that Kanha's sal forests and meadows contain a growing population of around 125 tigers. There are also around 100 leopards and huge populations of deer and antelopes, including some 400 southern swamp deer (barasingha) which exist nowhere else in the world. You’ll see plenty of langurs, the odd gaur (Indian bison), wild boar and jackal or two. Over 260 bird species have been recorded here too.