Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh)

Set amidst the Vindhyan Mountain range in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the Bandhavgarh National Park is home to the famous White Tigers of Rewa. One of best known captured in the Park in 1951, was theBandhavgarh National Park legendary White Tiger called Mohan, who supposedly fathered numerous offspring found in zoos through out the world.
Once a hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa, Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968. The landscape is an outstanding blend of steep and rocky hills, with flat tops and level grasslands in the valleys below. The vegetation found within the Park is moist deciduous forest with fine Sal trees with stretches of bamboo. Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is known for having one of the densest populations of Tigers in the country. Among the other wild attractions include Nilgai, Chital, Chinkara, Gaur, Sloth Bears and Wild Boar along with some 250 species of birds.

Sightseeing at Bandhavgarh National Park -
The Fauna : Bandhavgarh National ParkWandering through the Park on elephant back, the chances of seeing a tiger are quite good. Also to be seen here are Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild boar and sometimes a fox or jackal.

The Avifauna : About 150 species of birds are also found here and include the migratory birds that arrive in winter like the steppe eagle and various water birds. Peacock, Paradise fly catchers, Jungle Fowl, Golden and Black headed Orioles, Yellow Ioras, Red-vented Bulbuls, Blue Jays, Purple Sunbirds, Green Barbets and Mynahs can be seen here frequently.

Other Attractions : In addition to the rich flora & fauna of the park, there stands a tall the ruins of Bandhavgarh Fort, believed to be over 2000 years old. The Fort has a large number of caves belonging to the pre-historic period with Brahmi inscriptions dating far back to the 1st century B.C. It is possible to climb up to the Bandhavgarh fort for a breathtaking bird's-eye view of the Park and there is also a small population of black buck that lives here, protected from the predators below.

Park Trips : Jeep safaris can be undertaken during the early morning hours till evening, accompanied by a forest department guide. Elephant safari trips are also organised for tiger tracking early in the morning. Bandhavgarh National Park

Best Season to Visit : 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 November.

Reaching Bandhavgarh National Park-
By Air : Khajurao at 230-kms is the most convenient airport connected by various domestic airline services with Agra, Delhi, Varanasi.
By Rail : The nearest railhead Umaria at 30-kms is on the Katni-Bilaspur section of South-Eastern Railway. Another convenient railhead Satna (117-kms) is on the Bombay-Howrah main line of the Central Railway.
By Road : Bandhavgarh National Park is situated on the Satna-Umaria & Rewa-Umaria highway. Some of the important road distances are: Khajuraho (via Satna)230-kms, Varanasi (via Rewa) 340-kms, Katni 75-kms, Rewa 115-kms, Umaria 30-kms, Kanha 250-kms. MPST Bus Services are also available from Rewa, Satna, Katni and Umaria.

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