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is a small national park but thick forest sits in a bowl encircled by cliffs
and wooded Vindhyan Mountains. The Park is spread over an area of 437 sq. km.
This is also known as White Tiger territory. These have been found in the old
state of Rewa for many years. I ts plains have a number of grass and reed covered
wetlands where Kingfishers dive and Egrets sit poised, hunch-backed, in the
shallows. The Bandhavgarh jungle becomes a living self-sustaining organism providing
its own climate, atmosphere, water and nutrition through its recycling systems.
It even has a sleep wake cycle. As more light fills the sky, Bandhavgarh begins
Bandhavgarh was declared as a National Park in 1968. Since then, stringent steps
have been taken to retain it as an unspoilt natural habitat. The finest of these
hills is the Bandhavgarh hill, and on its highest point stands Bandhavgarh Fort.
Though no records remain to show when the fort was constructed, it is believed
to be about 2000 years old. Several dynasties have ruled the fort: for example,
the Maghas from the 1st century A.D, the Vakatakas from the 3rd century; the
Sengars from the 5th century, and the Kalachuris from the 10th century.The oldest
signs of habitation, are the caves dug into the sandstone, near the fort. Several
of these contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Prior
to becoming a National Park, the forest range around the region had been maintained
as a Shikargarh, or game preserve, of the Maharajahs of Rewa.
Flora In Bandhavgarh
The Bandhavgarh National Park has excellent game and bird viewing to offer,
coupled with a fascinating historical element to it, thus satiating those adventurous
at heart, completely. Initially just 105.40-sq-kms in area, Bandhavgarh with
25 resident tigers, was noted for its high-density tiger population. Today,
it has been extended to an area of 437-sq-kms. About half the Bandhavgarh 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 main wildlife viewing is still done in the core of the park with its 32
picturesque, wooded hills.
Wildlife Attractions - Bandhavgarh
In the month of November onwards, one can view steppe eagle, variety of wildfowl
and many more migatory birds are attracted in the Park. in the other winter
months. Reptilian fauna include cobra, krait, python, turtle and a variety of
lizards. There are more than 22 species of mammals, and 250 species of birds.
Some of the inhabitants of this park are the rhesus macaque, the black-faced
langur, jungle cats, chinkara, black buck, munjtac and the chital. Among the
other wild attractions include, Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar
and sometimes a Fox or Jackal.
Other Attractions In Bandhavgarh
1 ) Kalchuri Archeological Remains.
2 ) Bandhavgarh Fort
3 ) Jeep & Elephant Safari
Best Time to Visit - Bandavgarh National Park
The visiting season of Bandhavgarh national park starts from Mid-November to
June, as the park remains closed during the monsoon months from July to early
to Get there
Nearest Khajurao airport (approx 230-kms )
The nearest railway station Satna (117-kms)
Madhya Pradesh State Transport Bus Services are also available
from Rewa, Satna, Katni and Umaria.
General Info / Tips
Visitors are advised to reach the gate half an hour in advance
to complete the formalities for entry into the park.
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