National Park - The Tiger Haven :
The Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Sahdol district of central
Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Nestled among the Vindhya hills, Bandhavgarh
covers an area of 448 square kilometres. The wildlife sanctuary has an
abundance of Sal trees and bamboo, which provides shelter to a large number
of animals and birds. The sanctuary was brought under Project Tiger in the
Bandhavgarh National Park came into existence in the year 1968 when the
Maharajah of Rewa handed over the area to the government for formation of
the park. Due to rampant poaching, the fauna of the place was fast
depleting. After it was declared a protected area, the animal population
increased dramatically. Initially, the park covered an area of only 106
Famous for- Tigers :
The Bandhavgarh National Park has one of the largest tiger populations. At
a time when the tiger population of the country is fast depleting due to
rampant poaching, Bandhavgarh's tiger population has shown a steady rise. On
a visit to the park, the chances of spotting tigers is rated as very high.
It is said that great harmony prevails between the beast and humans in the
» By Air :
Khajuraho is the nearest airport from
Bandhavgarh National Park at a distance of 280 kms. Khajuraho is a small
airport but flights operate to the place from Agra, Delhi, Varanasi and a
few other destinations.
» By Rail :
The railhead nearest to Bandhavgarh park
is Umaria at a distance of 30 kms. Umaria is connected by overnight trains
from Delhi and Agra.
» By Road :
Bandhavgarh National Park is situated on
the Satna-Umaria & Rewa-Umaria highway. The park can be very
conveniently reached through road transport.
Additional Highlights of the Park :
» Animal species :
Other than the king of the jungle
(tiger), nilgai, chital, chinkara, gaur, sloth bear and wild boar are also
found in abundance in Bandhavgarh. Fox and jackal are also found in the
park. Tourists normally opt for rides on elephant backs to see the park.
» Bird Species :
Bandhavgarh is also home to many
species of birds. They include peacock, jungle fowl, golden and black headed
orioles, yellow Ioras, red-vented bulbuls, blue green barbets and mynahs. A
few species of migratory birds are also spotted during winters.
Bandhavgarh Fort :
It is very interesting to note that in
the midst of wildlife, the ruins of 2000 years old Bandhavgarh fort is also
present. The Fort has a large number of caves belonging to the pre-historic
period with Brahmi inscriptions.