Coverage Area : 437
sq. kms / 44,884 hectares/ 168 sq. miles
: 1968 as a National Park.
In :Extended in 1986.
A Tiger Reserve :In 1993 .
(Bandhavgarh National Park):
A wildlife retreat where history and nature meet, Bandhavgarh
is too far away from Kanha. Set amidst the Vindhyan ranges, the
park has a series of ridges running through it. This park was
the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present
is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a
major attraction around the world's zoos, were first discovered
in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky
hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy
swamps and forested valleys.
Much of the park is covered in Sal forest, replaced by mixed
forests in the higher elevations of the hills. There are extensive
stands of bamboo and grasslands. Generally the forests are less
dense here, with less undergrowth than in North India, thus offering
better sightings of wildlife, notably mammals, including the daylight
sightings of Tigers in the grassy 'maidans'. 40 + Tigers are
estimated for the park.
inhabitants of the park include the Muntajac, Jungle Cat, Ratel,
Jyena, Porcupine, the Rhesus Macaque and the back-faced Langur.
The park also has numerous ancient caves and rock shelters, with
shrines and inscriptions. About 150 species of birds known from
the Tala area are also found over here including the Brown Fish
Owl, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Shahin
National park is dominated by the ancient Bandhavgarh
Fort, located on a plateau and reached after a steep climb. The
fort is now in ruins, its monuments and tanks beings gradually
reclaimed by the forest, thus providing additional shelter for
wildlife such as Black Bucks.
residents in Bandhavgarh National park: :
» Rhesus Macaque
» Hanuman Langur
» Golden Jackal
» Wolf Bengal
» Fox Dhole Sloth Bear Ratel
» Small Indian Civet
» Common Palm Civet
» Small Indian Mongoose
» Indian Grey Mongoose
» Ruddy Mongoose
» Striped Hyena
» Jungle Cat
» Wild Boar
» Indian Muntjac
» Four-horned Antelope
» Indian Gazelle
» Indian Pangolin
» Northern Palm Squirrel
» Indian Porcupine
» Indian Hare
Bandhavgarh National park(Visiting Season)
Visitors can visit the park during the time period of Mid
November to mid June, still the best period to come is January-April.
Park is open from 1st of October to 30th June only. After that
it is closed. .
Safari In the National Park
The park can be entered on elephant back and / or in a jeep
or by car. In these safaris a forest department guide always accompanies
you. He will direct and tell about the flora and fauna of the
park. 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 are easily spotted.
Air: Fly from Delhi, Agra or Varanasi to Khajuraho and drive
(7-8 hours) to Tala park entrance at Bandhavgarh. Nearest airport
from the park is Khajuraho. Rail: Nearest railway station is Umaria
after Katani railway station, from there it is about 40 minutes
drive to Nature Heritage. Alternatively, take the overnight train
from Delhi to Umaria and drive (30 minutes) to the park. Only
jeeps are available for transfers. Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh distance
is 250 Kms, (8 hrs drive)