Bandhavgarh National Park - the Land of the Tiger
Rocky, rugged and beautiful, narrow valleys of the Vindhyan range are the essence of Bandhavgarh National Park. Grasslands, water holes and streams added to a lush habitat make it an excellent habitat for tigers. A 2000-year-old-fort on top of a plateau in the middle of the park adds mystery and an antique glamour to what also used to be the hunting ground of the Maharajas.
Bandhavgarh is known for having one of the highest densities of tigers packed into a compact area of 105sq km. This, along with the friendly nature of the wildlife here give it higher chances of game viewing. The tourism area is divided into four zones which can be explored during morning and evening safaris. There are stretches of beautiful Sal trees in the lower areas which gradually give way to a drier mixed forest in higher altitudes. Lush bamboo forests can also be seen here.
The park was recently in the news for being the platform for the first ever successful relocation of a small population of 20 Gaurs (the largest wild cattle in the world) from Kanha NP. Another rare but very interesting fact about this area is it was home to the only population of white tigers ever known! All white tigers in the world today are the offspring of this population!
Bandhavgarh is the epitome of a prime protected forest striving to survive in a developing country. It has emerged a winner and with a substantial number of thriving tigers. To its credit are also films, fame, controversies, rumours and philanthropy.
This celebrity national park has an unmistabale charm and energy, which visitors there would vouch for! Bandhavgarh - the Land of the Tiger always leaves you wanting more.
Area: 448sq km- 105sq km is core and 343 sq km is buffer forest.
Co-ordinates: Latitude: 23° 41′ 58″ N, Longitude: 80° 57′ 43″ E
Weekly off: Wednesday
Park Season: From 15th Oct to 30th June
Closest airports: Jabalpur (164km) and Khajuraho (237km)
Closest Railheads: Umaria (35 km), Jabalpur (164 km), Katni (102 km), and Satna 120 km)