Bandhavgarh national park was declared as a tiger
reserve in 1993. The famous storywriter Rudyard Kipling
found inspiration for his famous book, the Jungle Book
in Bandhavgarh National Park.
National park covers an area of 448 square km. There are
steep and rocky hills at the higher ranges with flat
tops and grasslands below the valley. The main
vegetation found within the Park is the moist deciduous
forest with Sal and bamboo trees and grasslands. The
forests are less dense here, with less undergrowth,
which thus offers better sighting of wildlife animals.
Wildlife Attractions in the Bandhavgarh National Park
The highest population of tigers is found in the
Bandhavgarh National Park, which is estimated to be
about more than 40. The park is home to about 22 species
of wildlife animals. The other wildlife attractions in
the park include Regal Gaur, the Muntajac, Jungle Cat,
Ratel, Porcupine, Rhesus Macaque, black faced Langur,
Nilgai, Chital, Chinkara, Sloth Bear, Four-horned
Antelope, Deer, Striped Hyena, Fox, Jackal, Leopard,
Mongoose and Wild Boar.
Besides various wildlife animals about 150 species of
birds known from the Tala area are also found here
including the Brown Fish Owl, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle,
Malabar Pied Hornbill and Shahin Falcon. The other birds
which are found in this park include Peacock, Paradise
fly catchers, Jungle Fowl, Golden and Black headed
Orioles, Yellow Ioras, Red-vented Bulbuls, Blue Jays,
Purple Sunbirds, Green Barbets and Mynahs. Some of the
birds that migrate during the winter are the Steppe
eagle and various water birds.
Other Attractions in the
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National park covers an area of 448 square
km. Within the park, stands the Bandhavgarh Fort,
believed to be about 2000 years old. This fort has a
large number of caves belonging to the pre historic
period with Brahmi inscriptions belonging to first
century B.C. The fort is now in ruins and its monuments
and tanks are being gradually reclaimed by the forest,
which provides shelter to various wildlife animals
including Blackbuck. From the top of the Bandhavgarh
Fort one can have a breathtaking view of the Park and
also view the Blackbuck which resides within the fort.
Jungle Safari in the Bandhavgarh National Park
You can visit the park either by having an Elephant or a
Jeep Safari. A guide will always accompany you during
the safari in the park. Besides the jeep or elephant
safari you can also move around in the park in the
Best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park
The best season to visit Bandhavgarh National park is
from the November and June. The park is closed during
the monsoon season, which is from July to October.
However the best time to visit the park is early in the
morning or after 4 p.m. It is during this time that the
animals are most active and can be easily spotted.
How to reach Bandhavgarh National Park
The nearest airport is located at Khajuraho and Jabalpur.
Khajuraho is connected by various domestic airline
services with Delhi and Varanasi.
The nearest railway station is located at Umaria, which
is about 30 kms located on the Katni-Bilaspur section of
South-Eastern Railway. Umaria is linked by train to
various cities in Madhya Pradesh including Delhi.
Another railway station is located at Satna, which is
about 117 kms located on the Bombay-Howrah main line of
the Central Railway.
Bandhavgarh National Park is situated on the
Satna-Umaria and Rewa-Umaria highway. Bandhavgarh
National Park is connected by road with Khajuraho,
Varanasi, Katni, Rewa and Umaria. The regular bus
services are available from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh.