Bandhavgarh National Park ( बांधवगढ राष्ट्रीय उद्दान) is one of the popular national park in India located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968, with an area of 105 km2. The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals 437 km2. The bandhavgarh park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which was said to be given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka. Hence the name Bandhavgarh (Brother's Fort).
This park has a large biodiversity. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has a large breeding population of leopards, and various species of deer. Maharaja Martand Singh Ji of Rewa captured the first white tiger in this region in 1951. This white tiger, Mohan, is now stuffed and on display in the palace of the Maharajas of Rewa.
The park has been divided into three major zones named as Tala, Maghdhi and Khitakli out of which the Tala zone attracts major number of tourists by offering the tiger sighting opportunities. The park authorities are also focusing on the Maghdhi Zone by providing more opportunity to spot tigers. Elephant shows are also organized in Maghdhi zone of the Bandhavgarh National Park to increase the chances of spotting the elusive king of the jungle.
Bandhavgarh National Park consists of mixed vegetations ranging from tall grasslands to thick Sal forest and so is the perfect habitat of variety of animals and birds. Due to varied topography, the Bandhavgarh National Park provides ample opportunity to spot the majestic Indian Tiger and some rarely seen animals like leopard and sloth bear. Due to high wildlife sighting it is becoming popular amongst Foreigner tourists visiting India.
Bandhavgarh National Park being a dry deciduous and tropical land brings amazing dense forest trails where one can discover many glittering species of wild creatures amidst the lush surroundings. Interestingly, there are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds in the area with common langurs and rhesus macaque representing the primate group.
White Tigers, Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Gaur, Chausingha and Chinkara, the Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, sloth bear, ratel, grey mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard and tiger. The artiodactyls frequently sighted are wild pig, spotted deer, samber deer, chausingha, nilgai and chinkara with mammals like dhole, the small Indian civet, palm squirrel and lesser bandicoot rat and little grebe, egret, lesser adjutant, sarus crane, black kite, crested serpent eagle, black vulture, Egyptian vulture, common peafowl, red jungle fowl, dove, parakeet, Indian roller can also be found in abundance. Reptilian fauna include cobra, krait, viper, ratsnake, python, turtle and a number of lizard varieties, including varanus.
Apart from that the park also boasts variety of species of birds like Grey Hornbill, Common Teals, Red Jungle Fowl, and White Breasted Kingfisher etc.
The Major attraction of Bandhavgarh National Park is “White Tiger Safari Rewa” which is situated in Mukundpur Forest of Mand Range. This is an Exclusive White Tiger Safari in World where you can see White Tigers as Wild through vehicle of Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh. When you visit Bandhavgarh Must see “White Tiger Safari Rewa” also and enjoy wildlife with White Tigers.
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" Bandhavgarh National Park is the best Tiger Reserve and Project Tiger at Madhya Pradesh In India. Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is rich with Wildlife ..." - Soma Ghosh, Kolkata