Bandhavgarh Madhya Pradesh, India
Rocky, rugged hills and beautiful, narrow valleys of the Vindhyan Range form the essence of Bandhavgarh National Park. Grasslands, water holes and streams added among them make for an excellent habitat for tigers.
Once upon a time, Bandhavgarh used to be a Maharaj’s hunting ground and further back in history, there used to be a wartime citadel of the Maharajas of Rewa in the forest. There still exists a 2000 years old fort on top of a plateau in the middle of the park. The grandeur and antiquity of this fort adds a lovely dimension to the beauty of Bandhavgarh’s landscape.
Bandhavgarh is known for having one of the highest densities of tigers packed into a compact area of 105sq km. This, along with the fact that animals here got habituated to tourists quite early in time, formulate for the higher chances of game viewing. The tourism area is divided into four zones which can be explored during morning and evening safaris. The forest is dominated by Sal trees in the lower areas which gradually give way to a drier mixed forest in higher altitudes. There are stretches of lush bamboo forests too.
The park was recently a platform for the first ever successful relocation of a small population of 20 Gaurs (the largest wild cattle in the world) from Kanha NP. There used to be gaurs in this area earlier which got locally extinct, the reason still being a mystery. Another interesting fact about this area is that it was home to the only population of white tigers ever known and all the white tigers in the world today are offspring and generations of this population! Read more...