The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. It is 2000 sq.km in size. It occupies a horseshoe-shaped valley and grasslands surrounded by the Satpura mountains at heights 1500 ft and 3000 ft. Comprising the Banjar and Halon valleys of the erstwhile princely provinces of Central India, this area became a hunting ground for the British from 1879-1910. The Park's landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park's fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia. A heightened attraction within the Park is 'Bamni Dadar', popularly known as Sunset Point that offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop of the sunset against grazing Sambhars and Gaurs, magnifying the natural splendor of the area.