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A Visit to Bandavgarh National Park

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 7 months ago

When it comes to tourist spots for those who have a liking for all things natural, Bandavgarh National Park is one of the prime destinations that should be instantly checked out. The park is famous for the Bengal tigers that it houses, and you can catch t

The Bandavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh has rich bio-diversity and attracts millions of eco-tourists and nature lovers every year. The name literally means ‘Brother’s Fort’ and local legend has it that the park was given to Lakshmana by Lord Ram to watch over Sri Lanka.

Some Basic Facts About the Park

This park has the highest numbers of tigers in India, apart from leopards and many species of deer and for this reason, it is very popular among tourists who come wildlife spotting.

The Bandavgarh National Park is located on the Vindhya Mountains, spread over an area of almost 700 kilometers. The nearest city is Jabalpur, about 200 kilometers away, from where you can visit the park. The world famous Bengal Tigers can be found in their largest numbers in this park, which was the hunting ground of the erstwhile Maharaja and his guests.

Tourists visiting the park are restricted to the Tala ranges, an area of about 100 kilometers square.  Though the park was declared as a National Park in 1968, the current restrictions and extensions came into effect only in 1993.

Geographically, the area is part of the Deccan Peninsula, classified as Central Highlands. The forests are mostly deciduous forests with sal being the most abundant tree. In the valleys, there are other trees and bamboo thickets and bushes lining the rivers, providing rich bio-diversity.

The core area of the park is situated in a valley surrounded by peaks and with tumbling mountain rivers, offering diverse flora and fauna. Wildlife lovers and nature lovers are sure to be attracted by this rich diversity. There are almost 40 species of mammals, about 250 types of birds and around 80 different kinds of butterflies in Bandavgarh National Park, with the tiger dominating the food chain.

Though no white tigers have been reported in the last five decades, there are local legends surrounding the white tigers of the Bandavgarh forests from yesteryear's.

What You Can Do and See

You can roam around the park and spot wildlife from the comfort of a four-wheeler or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take up an elephant ride. An elephant ride can give you a whole new perspective on life in the wild.

Jeep safaris are available right from the early hours of the morning and throughout the day too; and elephant safaris can be taken up at around the safe time to track tigers more quietly. The ideal time for taking the safari would be in the dawn or at dusk.

You can visit the park in the months of February to June as it is generally closed during the months of July, August, September and October due to the rainy season. There are many hotels to suit any budget in the nearby town of Jabalpur. Plan your visit in advance to avoid any disappointments and enjoy the ultimate jungle safari of your life!

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