Bandhavgarh National Park
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”.
Special Attractions In Bandhavgarh
Kalchuri Archaeological Remains: Apart from the wildlife, Bandhavgarh is also famous for the Kalchuri Archaeological Remains that make the Bandhavgarh National Park, a historical site.
Bandhavgarh Fort: The Bandhavgarh National Park area located on the hills turns majestic with the Bandhavgarh Fort built in 14th century. The fort and the adjacent hills contain many caves belonging to the pre-historic era.
Jeep and Elephant Safari: The wildlife viewing can be enjoyed in two ways in Bandhavgarh National Park - Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari. Jeep safaris from the early morning hours till evening hours are the special attractions in the national park. A forest department guide always accompanies you while your jeep safari within the park. Elephant safari are organised for tracking the tigers in the early morning.
White Tigers: Since yesteryears, the Sal forests of Bandhavgarh National Park have been the favourite habitat of the white tigers. The Bandhavgarh Park is the first place where the white tigers were spotted for the first time. At around eight occasions, the white tigers were seen in the national park. The Maharaja of Rewa successfully bred the white tigers in Rewa.
When to Visit Bandhavgarh National Park
The best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park is from Mid-November to June. The park remains closed during the time of monsoon and July to early November.
How to Reach Bandhavgarh National Park
By Air: The nearest airport is at Khajurao at a distance of 230-kms. It is also connected by various domestic airline services with Agra, Delhi and Varanasi.
By Rail: The nearest railhead Umaria is at 30-kms on the Katni-Bilaspur section of South-Eastern Railways. Another nearest railhead is at Satna on the Bombay-Howrah main line of the Central Railways.
By Road: Bandhavgarh National Park is situated on the Satna-Umaria and Rewa-Umaria highway. Madhya Pradesh State Transport Bus Services connect the national park to the cities like Rewa, Satna, Katni and Umaria.
Tourists must reach the gate half an hour in advance to complete the formalities for the entry into the park. All visitors to Bandhavgarh need a permit to enter the wildlife national park; this can be obtained at the entrance to the park. Entry fees for foreigners are Rs 200; for Indians and members of SAARC countries, Rs 20. Additional charges are levied for the entry of vehicles, for cameras and for elephant rides.
Tourist Information Centres :
1. The Manager, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd., White Tiger Forest Lodge, Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
2. The Divisional forest officer, Divisional Tourist office, Bandhavgarh National Park, Umaria M.P.
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