Bandhavgarh National Park

Location: Madhya Pradesh
Main Wildlife Attractions: Tiger, Panther, Spotted Deer, Sambhar deer, Nilgai (Blue bull), Gaur, Wild Boar and different kinds of birds
Coverage Area: 446 sq. km
Established: 1968 as Bandhavgarh National Park and 1993 as Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

At a Glance Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh Bandhavgarh National Park contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of Tigers. This is also the White tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for Many years. Maharaja Martand Singh captured the last known in 1951. This white Tiger, Mohan is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa. Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. The Maharaja and his guests carried out hunting - otherwise the wildlife was well protected. It was considered a good omen for Maharaja of Rewa to shoot 109 tigers. His Highness Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh shot 111 Tigers by 1914.

There are 32 hills in this part of the park, which has a large natural fort at its center. The fort's cliffs are 2625 feet (800 meters) high, 1000 feet (300 meters) above the surrounding countryside. Bandavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandavgarh on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka. Two monkey architects, who had engineered a bridge between the isle of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandavgarh's Fort. Later Rama handed it over to his brother Lakshmana who became known as Bandavdhish "The Lord of the Fort". Lakshmana is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped in a temple there.

Climate & Rainfall The temperature ranges from a maximum of 42°C in summers (May and June) to around 4°C in winters (December to February). Monsoons (June to November) are accompanied with heavy rainfall and the Park flourish with fresh greeneries during the monsoons.

Flora About half the Bandhavgarh national park is covered with fine trees of Sal, while mixed forests are found in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of bamboo and grasslands extend to the north. The major floral attractions in the Park are Sal, Saja, Tendu, Aonla Dhawda,Jamun, Salai, Garari, Bamboo etc.

Fauna Mammals
Chinkara, can be sighted on the grassland areas of the park. The main prey animal, however for the Tiger and the park’s rarely sighted Leopard. Also to be seen are Nilgai (Blue bull), Chausingha (Four-horned antilope) and sounders of Wild Boar, as well as the occasional Jackal or Fox. Muntjac and Sambhar prefer denser vegetation. There are two types of monkeys common in the park – the rhesus macaque and the black faced langur. Jungle cats, hyenas, rattles, porcupines and a variety of other mammals can be spotted too.

Birds
Bandhavgarh attracts many migratory birds with its flowering and fruiting trees in the winter months, including the birds of prey like the steppe eagles and a variety of wildfowl. According to officials, there are more than 242 species of birds some very attractive and less common birds can be seen – like Peafowl, Red Jungle fowl, Common Teals, Grey Hornbill, Red Wattled Lapwing, White Breasted Kingfisher, Crested

Reptiles
The Reptile population of the park is comprised of Cobras, Kraits, Vipers and Python etc.

How to Reach By Air
Nearest airport from the Bandhavgarh National park is Jabalpur which is well connected to Delhi by daily flight. It takes around 4 hours drive to reach the park from Jabalpur airport.

BY RAIL
Nearest Railway Station is Umaria -32 Km. from where frequent buses and shared jeep are available for transfers. Other railway stations near to Bandhavgarh are Katni -102 Km., Satna - 120 Km. and Jabalpur - 164 Km.

BY ROAD
Nearest Bus stands are Umaria, Katni and Jabalpur.

Travel Tips Visitors are advised to reach the gate half an hour in advance to complete the formalities for entry into the park.

Best Time to Visit The visiting season of Bandhavgarh national park starts from November to June, as the park remains closed during the monsoon months from July to October. 

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