BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the India’s finest National Parks which is stunningly spread out in an area of about 105 sq kms across the majestic peaks of the Vindhya Mountain in the Umaria district of Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Being the home of the Bengal Tiger it is famed for having high tiger population.
Bandhavgarh is one of the oldest national parks in the state and was declared so in the year 1968. Being a prime hunting hub for the royal members of Rewa region, Bandhavgarh now allures the tourists with its vast collection the elegant White Tigers. Bandhavgarh hill which is perched at an elevation of 811 metres above the sea level lies amidst the National Park. The hill is glamorously enveloped by deep gorges, dense jungles and swampy plains. Son and Johilla Rivers enrich the beauty of this heavenly city.
Besides being the major tiger hub, there are many other species of animals such as gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer. It is a hot spot for the nature lovers who love serene secluded atmosphere for a holiday stay can spend the leisure time here in the lap of Mother Nature. One can enjoy the cool breeze and experience the twittering of lovely birds, without any interference.
Jungle safaris can also be taken in the park and this is an interesting way to see the place. The elephant safari can be enjoyed with great joy by royally sitting on the tamed elephant and feasting on the Nature’s bounty. Tigers can be best spotted in the mornings, who come to the ponds to quench their thirst. Visitors can experience wildlife at its most basic form while travelling in this safari ride. Some good hotels and resorts can be spotted here as well.
Bhandhavgarh fort which is close by is also a must see place.
This is a must see place for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. October - April is the best time to visit this lovely place. November-June is the best time to get best view of the royal tigers.
PLACES TO SEE
Bhandhavgarh Fort : This is an ancient fort which is estimated to be built around 2000 years ago. Lord Rama dwelled here for a short span after destructing the kingdom of the demon Ravan in Lanka. This fort was chosen by Lord Rama to get the updates about the happenings in Lanka after the war. Historians say that the fort was ruled by many kings belonging to different royal clans. There is also a temple here dedicated to Lakshman.
Mahaman Pond : This pond is good place to catch best view of many varieties of animals who come to this pond to drink water.
HOW TO REACH
By Air : The nearest airport is about 164 kms from this place at Jabalpur.
By Rail : On the South-Eastern Railway, Umaria which is about 35 kms from Bhandhavgarh is the nearest station. Jabalpur 164 km, Katni 102 km, and Satna 120 kms are the other major railway stations.
By Bus: Government, private buses and also taxis run between Katni, Umaria , Satna and Rewa to Bandhavgarh.