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
ABOUT BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
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.
MAJOR WILDLIFE ATTRACTION
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.
WILDLIFE EXCURTION IN BANDAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
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.