Located in-between the Agra-Mumbai Highway and the Jhansi-Shivpuri Road, Madhav National Park spanning over a 354 square kilometer area in the Shivpuri District of the Gwalior region of north-west Madhya Pradesh, was established in the year 1959. This Park has a varied terrain consisting of forested hills and flat grasslands around a lake. These dry, mixed and deciduous forests were at another time a private shooting reserve, and a summer capital for the Maharajas of Gwalior; has however, as of now transformed into a vibrant, hopeful present as a sanctuary for rare wildlife and avifauna found around this region.
The principal tree species found within the Park include Khair, Salai, Kerdhai, Dhawda, Tendu, Palash and the like. The predominant wild animal species inhabiting the Park include the Indian Gazelle, Chital, Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha, Black-Buck, Sloth Bear, Leopard and the Common Langur. The Tigers have also been reintroduced during the last couple of decades and so have once again joined the fray. The equally rich avifauna of the Madhav National Park includes the Red Wattled Lapwing, Large Pied Wagtail, the Indian Pond Heron, the White-Breasted Kingfisher, Cormorants, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Laggar Falcon, the Purple Sunbird, Asian Paradise Fly-Catcher and the Golden Oriole. Some of the migratory species homing close to the Chandpatha – artificial lake are the Geese, Pochard, Pintail, Teal, Mallard and the Gadwall.
The environment of the Madhav National Park has preserved and nurtured upon a number of ponds, lakes and rivers within this region, enabling this reality of a natural paradise come alive. The reptiles found along these water-bodies mostly consist of Marsh Crocodiles, Indian Pythons and Monitor Lizards. Gwalior is the nearest Airport at 112 kilometers and well connected with the rest of the country. Jhansi is the closest Railway Station located at a distance of 100 kilometers approachable by road. Shivpuri is the closest town to the National Park and is conveniently connected through a network of roads with the rest of the region.