Wildlife Attractions in Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is situated amidst the Vindhyas mountain range in Madhya Pradesh. The famous white tigers were first found in the Bandhavgarh National Park. White tigers were originally discovered in Rewa. In 1951, the legendary white tiger called Mohan was first captured in this park. This national park was earlier a hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa. Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh has earlier hunted about 111 tigers. Bandhavgarh was declared as a national park in 1968 and extended in 1986. Bandhavgarh national park was declared as a tiger reserve in 1993. At this place the famous storywriter Rudyard Kipling found inspiration for his famous book, the Jungle Book.

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh 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. 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.
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.
Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park 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. 

Jungle Safari in the 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 private vehicles.
Best time to visit
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 get there
By Air:

The nearest airport is located at Khajuraho and Jabalpur. Khajuraho is connected by various domestic airline services with Agra, Delhi and Varanasi.

By Rail:

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 convenient railway station is at Satna, which is about 117 kms located on the Bombay-Howrah main line of the Central Railway

By Road:
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. There are regular bus services available from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh.

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