State : Madhya Pradesh
Total Area : 437 sq. kms / 44,884 hectares/ 168 sq. miles
Situated in Shahdol and Jabalpur districts, the park with an area
of 437 km was set up in 1968.
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
used to be the hunting reserve of the royal family
of Rewa, though its history goes back two millennia. In caves you
can still see paintings by the ancients. It is a retreat where history
and nature meet.
Covering about 450 sq km, about half the park comprises sal forests,
while mixed forests are found in the higher reaches of the hills.
Stretches of bamboo and grasslands extend to the north. The main
viewing area is still in the core of the Park with its 32 picturesque,
wooded hills. An ancient fort up on a precipice, 800 metres high,
dominates the Park. 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
Other 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
The 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 Bucks.
Other Attractions In Bandhavgarh
Kalchuri Archeological Remains :
Beside the wildlife,
Bandhavgarh is also famous for the archaeological remains of the
Kalchuri period that have been found here.
Bandhavgarh Fort :
The Bandhavgarhpark area is
hilly and is dominated by the majestic Bandhavgarh fort, built in
14th century. The fort and the adjacent hills have a large number
of caves belonging to the pre-historic period.
Jeep & Elephant Safari :
One can enjoy viewing
the wildlife by two ways in Bandhavgarh - Jeep Safari and Elephant
Safari.. Jeep safaris are undertaken during the early morning hours
till evening. A forest department guide is always their with the
visitors on these jeep trips taken inside the park. Elephant safari
trips are organised for tiger tracking early in the morning.
Best Time to Visit - Bandavgarh National Park The visiting season
of Bandhavgarh national park starts from Mid-November to June, as
the park remains closed during the monsoon months from July to early
How to Reach
: : Khajurao at 230-kms is the most convenient
airport connected by various domestic airline services with Agra,
: 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.