Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Located in the hills of the Vindhyas in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India, lies a beautiful expanse of lovely surroundings – The Bandhavgarh National Park. Spanning over an area of around 400 square kilometers, this national park has a main area of around 105 sq km, and then a buffer area of around 400 sq km. The terrain here is mainly rocky and is replete with ridges with an undulating terrain of forest land. There is a huge area of meadows which make the Bandhavgarh National Park, the paradise that it is. Famous as a tiger hub, this is a great place for wildlife and is ideally the wildlife paradise in this part of the world.

This was earlier the hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa in olden days. Today it is the centre of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the White Tigers. The White tiger today is a major attraction in the zoos in the world. This tiger was first discovered in Rewa which is very near to this place. With a broken terrain occasionally and a background filled with rocky ranges, the entire park is filled with such ranges running across the land from the east to west with swamps with grass and valleys with forests interspersing the landscape rendering it a complete natural Eden.

Bandhavgarh National park

Today this is one of the nicest and the finest national parks in the country and the park has the dubious achievement of housing the maximum number of tigers per unit area of the land.

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the pristine national parks in 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 sloping valleys. These valleys end in small, swampy meadows locally known as “bohera”.

Bandhavgarh National ParkDeclared as a national park in the year 1968, there have been many steps taken to retain the natural surroundings of the park. It is a complete living heaven for the animals here and has been left totally unspoilt by the vagaries of nature. The wildlife here includes the sloth bear, the Indian bison or gaur, the porcupine, leopard, spotted bear, sambhar and the wild boar.

The park is also a bird lover’s haven with its cornucopia of avifauna. There are more than 140 bird species that are found here and these include the white browed fantails, the green pigeons, the lovely paradise flycatcher, the owls, Jerdon’s and gold fronted leaf birds, parakeets, Malabar hornbills, blue bearded bee eaters, grey Malabar hornbills, White bellied drongos, woodshrikes and minivets.

Malabar hornbills

Then you also can see the peafowl, the dove, red jungle fowl, kingfishers, Egyptian Vulture, the Whistling Teal, and the Black Ibis here. The vegetation here encourages the growth of this kind of fauna here. The reptilian fauna include the viper, cobra, krait, turtle and python and many kinds of lizards too.

With such verdant beauties, and the best kind of habitat for all the living beings, the Bandhavgarh National Park is certainly a must visit in the tour of India.

Bandhavgarh National Park

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