# Place of Diamond Mines and Tigers: Panna National Park

March 9, 2018

Panna is a town and a municipality in Panna district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Panna was the capital of Chhatar Sal, the Bundela Rajput leader who led a revolt against the Mughal Empire. Upon his death in 1732, his kingdom was divided among his sons. Panna is famous for its diamond mines in India, Panna has Rolling Meadows dotted with evergreen trees, rocks, hills and forests. Panna is famous for its temples which strike a very fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. With a sanctuary for rare wild life and avifauna and a diamond mine, Panna has been transformed to a city of natural beauty and eternal serenity.

### Tiger Reserve, Panna

Panna has a tiger reserve which is also called Panna National Park. The sightings of tigers in Panna have fallen over recent years, and official tiger population figures were disputed by naturalists. There were plans to relocate two tigresses to Panna in 2009, which actually happened, but the last male tiger meanwhile disappeared. A male tiger was relocated there. One of the relocated tigresses gave birth to three cubs in 2010. The reserve is home to a wide variety of other animals, many of which can be seen at closer quarters than in other reserves, because Panna has fewer visitors. There are jungle lodges and hotels near the reserve, it can also be reached from Khajuraho. Raneh fall and Pandav fall are also famous visiting spots of tourists during monsoon.

### Jugal Kishoreji Temple

This is the most important Hindu Temple in the town of Panna. The structure of the temple is inspired by the typical Bundela temple style. It is believed that a pilgrimage of the four Dhams is considered incomplete, if it does not conclude with a visit of the Jugal Kishoreji Temple.

### Raneh Falls and the Ken crocodile sanctuary, Panna

The Raneh Falls are formed when the Ken river falls from the canyons of the Rewa Plateau about 20 km from Khajuraho. The Ken Crocodile sanctuary is in the vicinity of the Raneh Falls itself.

### Pandava Falls and Caves, Panna

Located within the territory of the Panna National Park, as the name suggests this place is where the Pandavas sought haven during their exile. Mythology enthusiasts, rejoice! This location is definitely going to leave you in awe, with the waterfalls, the deep lake and the lush green environs making it a perfect setting for your rendezvous with serenity.

### How To Reach Panna

By Air: Khajuraho is the nearest airport to Panna (45 km). There is regular air links from khajuraho to New Delhi, Bhopal and few other cities.

By Road: A well maintained network of roads link Panna with the rest of the country. Distance Chart (Khajuraho – 45 km, Bhopal – 450 km, Delhi – 670 km).

By Rail: The nearest Railway station is Satna and Khajuraho which is directly linked to Bhopal, Jabalpurand and Delhi. The distance between Panna to Satna and khajuraho is only about 70 km and 45 km respectively.

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