Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. Bandhavgarh National Park is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.
Bandhavgarh National 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. .
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the finest national park in the India and has the distinction of harboring the highest concentration of tigers per unit area of forest. The Bandhavgarh National Park is spread over on area of 448 sq km with a cross area of 105 sq km. At the center of the park is the bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level and surrounding it are a sloping valleys, These valleys end in small, swampy meadows locally known as “bohera”.
Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968. Since then many steps have been taken to retain Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt national habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. These includes gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer, among others and of course, the tiger.
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Archaeological Richness of Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh was the seat of ex-rulers of Rewa State and its history dates back to 3rd Century A.D.Mythologically, the fort on Bandhavgarh hill is said to have been built by Lord Rame for his brother Laxman ,during the Ramayana period. There are a number of man-made caves(35) in Bandhavgarh with inscriptions and carvings, which date back to 129-168 A.D. Statues of various incarnations of all and attracts every tourist. There statues date back to 10-11 century A.D;
Places to See in Bandhavgarh National Park
1. Sidhababa – The Holy Meadow : The marshy is the abode of Sidhababa.Merger of hills, grasslands & riparian zone creates an edge which results in good sighting of wild fauna, especially sambar & chital.
2. Chakradhara – The Sprawling Meadow : Surrounded by the hillocks, this marshy meadow is rich in both flora and fauna.
Availability of food, water & cover makes it an ideal place for the sighting of wild animals including tigers.
3. Gopalpur – A Place for Bird Watching : Approach with a slow drive may give you moments of memorable sighting of wild fauna.Look for the kingfishers, storks, lapwings & stilts.
4. Shesh Shaiya – Origin of River Charanganga : This statue of lord Vishnu reclining on the seven hooded scrpent is the classic example of the architechtural treasure of the past. The vicinity around is rich in fruit bearing trees. Look for the rare Malabar Pied Hornbill.
5. Bari Gufa – Ancient Monument of Past : This is the biggest man made cave of the reserve dating back to tenth century.Apart from its archaeological importance, this cave is the abode of a variety of bats.
6. Ketkiha – Pendanus Point : This wet patch of aromatic plant ” Pendanus ” ( Kewra ) in the shadow of lofty jammu and arjun trees is the real treasure of floristic wealth of the Reserve.
7. Bhitari Bah – Tranquility in Wilderness : Blissful drive along the meadow will induce thrills of jungle and feeling of lingering relaxation.Look for the important medicinal “buchh”( Achorus Calamus ).
8. Three Cave Point – The Archaeological Remains of past : These caves visible from ganesh hillock road are the mute testimony of rich historical past.These caves are now used by wild animals for shelter especially by sloth bear.
9. Sita Mandap – The Bandhaini Hillock View : This marshy meadow is the origin of river Dammer.Look for the storks, vultures and herds of chital, samber and wild pigs.View of Bandhaini Hillock is an additional attraction.
10. Ghora Demon – Nature’s Beauty : Woody climbers of butea superba and Bauhinia wahlii amidst the giant sal trees offer spectacular view for the tourist.
11. Rampur Pahari – The Fort View : This is the biggest meadow of the Reserve.Look for the breeding pair of saras crane in the month of june.It harbours the insectivorous plant drosera.
12. Damnar River – Place to Quench the Thirst : This water hole surrounded by bamboo clumps is an ideal place to watch variety of hervivores and carnivores.
13. Charger Point – has been built in memory of Charger.Charger the beloved Tiger of Bandhavgarh, dominated the Tourism Zone for decade.He died on 29th September, 2000 & rests here in peace.
14. Rajbahera – The Bandhaini Hillock View : This marshy meadow is the origin of river Damnar.Look for the storks, vultures and herds of chital, samber and wild pigs.View of Bandhaini Hillock is an additional attraction.
15. Climber’s Point – Nature’s Beauty : Woody climbers of butea superba and Bauhinia wahlii amidst the giant sal trees offer spectacular view for the tourist.
16. Sehra – The Fort View : This is the biggest meadow of the Reserve.Look for the breeding pair of saras crane in the month of june.It harbours the insectivorous plant drosera.View of Bandhavgarh Fort is breathtaking.
17. Mahaman Pond – Place to Quench the Thirst : This water hole surrounded by bamboo clumps is an ideal place to watch variety of hervivores and carnivores.
Bandhavgarh Fort : The oldest fort in India, considered to be more than 2500 years. One-hour trek upto the fort is worth the effort. The charm of this trek lies in discovering these monuments in the jungle, unspoiled and unexplored. Some of the statues lie off the main path and so it is best to take a guide. Apart from the avatars, well worth seeing are three small temples of around the 12th century. These temples are deserted but the fort is still used as a place of worship. Kabir Das, the celebrated 16th century saint, once lived and preached here. The natural ramparts of the fort give breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. Vultures wheel around the precipice which also attracts blue rock thrushes and crag martins.The fort still belongs to the Maharaja of Rewa and permission is required to visit it. However permission is available locally and no trip to Bandhavgarh is complete without making an effort to climb up the fort. The staff of the resort carries your lunch while you are busy negotiating the trek upto the fort. Supplement charged