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.
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
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!