Bandhavgarh National Parks

Total Coverage Area : 437 sq.kms / 44,884 hectares / 168 sq. Miles

Established : 1968 as national Park.

Became A Tiger reserve : In 1993 .

Location of Bandhavgarh : Umaria District, Madhya Pradesh


Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most important and visited wildlife sanctuary. Bandhavgarh was declared as a national park in 1968. Bandhavgarh National Park was once a hunting place for the Maharajas of Rewa and now it has become a distinctive hub for the tigers. The forest covers an area of 400 sq kms with a core area of 105 sq kms. The topography of Bandhavgarh consists of undulating landscape with steep hills, flat plateaus, lushy meadows and narrow valleys. The terrain is broken with 32 hills running through the entire forest with swampy wetlands and thick grasslands. The whole bio-system comprising the hills, mountains, valleys, meadows and rivers has made Bandhavgarh a unique wildlife sanctuary. The vegetation of the Bandhavgarh forest is of moist deciduous type. The major part of the forest is covered with evergreen sal trees while mixed forest are found in drier slopes of the hils and the plains. Large strands of bamboos cover the northern part of the forest.


Bandhavgarh is justifiably famous for its tigers. One can view tigers in greater number than in any other forest . Bandhavgarh has largest density of tigers among the whole Indian forest.Thereare about 22 species of mammals and more than 250 species of birds in Bandhavgarh national park. Apart from tigers the other carnivores include Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, sloth bear,leopard, jungle cat and striped hyena. Chausingha, sambhar ,wildpigs, spotted deer,nilgai,gaur,Indian wild dog, Indian wolf and common languars are other major wildlife attraction found in Bandhavgarh.

Bandavgarh national park is also home to many species of birds such as hornbill, herons, cranes, creasted hawk, honey buzzard and shikra. Many migratory birds are also seen in Bandhavgarh park such as nakta, lesser whistling teal and ruddy shelduck.


Visitors are allowed to enter the Bandhavgarh park twice a day. A visitor can book a jeep safari and wander through the dusty paths of the forest. The best time to observe the animals spotting are usually during the daytime and in the evenings and so the safari vehicles are organised in these timings only.Travelling in an open jeep and viewing the animals gives a momerable experience. A forest guide is always there to show you the path and protect you from the attack of harmful animals. Elephant safari is available during the time of the tiger.

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