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Central Indian forests are known for their extraordinary landscapes; Tall sal trees, large expanses of grasslands and gently rolling hills are part of this grandeur. It's the landscape where Kipling's Jungle book was set. It's the landscape that you fall in love with, the very first time you step in. This is a visual journey across the national parks of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Tadoba.

Lone tree Bandhavgarh

Winters in the central Indian jungles are extremely beautiful, the early morning mist is nothing short of magic. Kanha's meadows are painted with mist turning it into a dreamy world on a winter morning.

Morning mist Kanha

As the sunrises, the forest starts to reveal itself. The early sunrays and the tall grass start to play with each other.

Kanha grass

Inside the thick Sal forests, the sun lights up the jeep track like an open invitation to explore further.

Sal sunrise

Mornings can be extremely cold and temparatures can drop to a single degree. A young langur basks in the tender sun, simple pleasures that words fail to describe.

Langur baby basking

As the day begins in the Jungle, a lone spotted deer makes his journey across the grasslands in Tadoba.

Lone spotted deer Tadoba

A Wild dog (Dhole) is already on the prowl. He watches a lone Spotted deer fawn.

Dhole Kanha

The Spotted deer fawn watches back to quench his curiosity.

Fawn

The landscape adds its charm not just to animals but trees as well. Trees here have a unique character. A tree-trio in the grasslands of Kanha.

Three trees

And then what seems like a duel in the grasslands of Bandavgarh.

Tree duel

Trees shed their leaves in winter months to save water, but animals need small waterholes like these that retain water during the cold months. But its still too cold and early in the day for the animals to come to the waterhole for a drink.

Sunrise pond

As the day gets brighter, a Barasingha (swamp deer), one of the rarest deers in the world starts out grazing in the meadows of Kanha.

Barasingha

Mornings are when most birds are extremely active. A bee-eater sits on its perch waiting for grub.

Bee eater tadoba

This Giant wood spider has also been waiting a longtime to trap his food.

Giant wood spider Tadoba

As the sun rises high and the air becomes warm, the raptors can be seen soaring in the sky. The Black shouldered kite can hover in one place for a really long time looking for prey.

Black shouldered kite

An Egyptian vulture awaits its turn on the ground to scavenge.

Egyptian vulture

The afternoons are quite warm and the thick canopy of Sal trees provide the much needed shade.

Sal canopy

As the sun cools down a bit, a langur baby makes his way to his mother, hop-skipping across the grass.

Langur baby jump

And a Sloth bear steps out from his afternoon siesta to look for some dinner.

Sloth bear

The late evening also brings the forest the much needed break from tourists. Pressure from tourism is especially high in Central India.

Safari jeeps

As the sun sets and moon rises, the gleaming Dhuandhar falls flows like liquid silver.

Dhuandhar falls

The night falls and the forest grows silent. But the jungle is still very alive, as a Leopard lurks around and a Tiger stalks his prey.

Kanha night