National Park is one of the wild life sanctuaries in the Indian
state Madhya Pradesh. The national park is situated at 197 km away
north-east of Jabalpur. This wild life park derived its very name
from an ancient fort in the area. Bandhawgarh National Park belongs
to the Vindhyan mountain ranges of central India and it boasts to
have the highest density of tiger population in the country. Now
there are about 46 to 52 tigers one can spot here.About
Bandhavgarh National Park
A wildlife retreat where
history and nature meet, Bandhavgarh is too far away from Kanha. Set
amidst the Vindhyan ranges, the park has a series of ridges running
through it. This park was the former hunting preserve of the
Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White
Tigers. White Tigers, now a major attraction around the world's
zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain
is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west,
interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys.Flora
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.Bandhavgarh
National Park Attractions
Much of the park is covered
in Sal forest, replaced by mixed forests in the higher elevations of
the hills. There are extensive stands of bamboo and grasslands.
Generally the forests are less dense here, with less undergrowth
than in North India, thus offering better sightings of wildlife,
notably mammals, including the daylight sightings of Tigers in the
grassy 'maidans'. 40 + Tigers are estimated for the park.
inhabitants of the park include the Muntajac, Jungle Cat, Ratel,
Jyena, Porcupine, the Rhesus Macaque and the back-faced Langur. The
park also has numerous ancient caves and rock shelters, with shrines
and inscriptions. About 150 species of birds known from the Tala
area are also found over here including the Brown Fish Owl,
Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Shahin Falcon.
National park is dominated by the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort, located
on a plateau and reached after a steep climb. The fort is now in
ruins, its monuments and tanks beings gradually reclaimed by the
forest, thus providing additional shelter for wildlife such as Black
Khajurao at 230 kms is the most convenient
airport connected by various domestic airline services with
Agra, Delhi, Varanasi.
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.
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. Madhya Pradesh State Transport Bus
Services are also available from Rewa, Satna, Katni and Umaria.