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How To Reach Panna National Park
The Panna National Park is located the Vindhya Hills in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. It has an area of 542.67 sq km and was declared as the fifth tiger reserve in MP and the twenty second tiger reserve in India. In 2007 Panna was awarded by the Ministry of Tourism of India as the best maintained among all the national parks of India. Besides tigers, there are other animals and a wide selection of trees such as the Arjun and jamun among many others. The best way to reach Panna is to take a flight to Khajuraho airport which is only 26 km from the national park. One can take a taxi from the airport and reach Panna.
Panna is well connected by road to Bhopal, for which you can take the NH 86 via Chhatarpur and the National Highway NH 75. The distance is around 372 km and you may take 8h 10min to cover this distance. If you are travelling from Mumbai the distance is about 1144 km and you must take the NH52 to cover this distance which might take you almost 22h. You can take the Taj Express Highway if you are coming from Delhi. This distance of 751 km can be covered in a little over 14h. Kolkata is almost 24h away from Panna by road.
There are two railheads near Panna National Park. The first of these is Khajuraho. However, please check up your rail connectivity to this station. The National Park is 94 km from Khajuraho and it takes 2h 42min to cover the distance using NH39 and MP SH49. The second railhead is Satna which is 90 km away. Once again all trains do not stop here. The nearest railhead of importance is Jhansi which is 176 km from the Park. This is a major railhead and almost all cities are connected to Jhansi by rail.
Khajuraho, 27 km away from the Park, is the nearest airport. Khajuraho is well connected by air to cities that include Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. There are taxis available at the airport to take you to the Park.
As mentioned, the Park is next door to Khajuraho. If you want to see Khajuraho and its beautiful temples you can either hire a taxi or cycle rickshaws or horse carriages. Within the Park there are elephant rides to take you to the tiger reserve. There are jeeps available as well along with a guide, for a reasonable price.