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Bandhavgarh National Park
It has an interesting mix of jungle, scrub forest, wooded ravines and high cliffs where eagles nest. has a number of archaeological remains and caves and an impressive old fort overlooking it. The list of its major wild animals is impressive tiger, leopard, bear, sambar, chital, nilgai (blue bull), chinkara and wild pig,. Interestingly, the original albinotic 'White Tigers' came from nearby Rewa. Normal colored tigers have been spotted from vehicles driving down the roads in the park.

Bandhavgarh National Park Bandhavgarh National park - a national park with rich historical past and full of game. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. This is also White Tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured by Maharajah Martand Singh in 1951. This white tiger is now stuffed and on display in the palace of Maharajahs of Rewa.

Bandhavgarh is densely populated with other species: the great gaur or Indian bison can be seen with ease, as they come onto the meadows to graze at dusk; sambar and barking deer are a common sight, and nilgai are to be seen in the more open areas of the park. The terrain is of great rocky hills rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley bottoms.

The finest of these hills is Bandhavgarh, sided with great cliffs and eroded rocks and on its highest point stands the Bandhavgarh fort, thought to be some 2000 years old. The vegetation is chiefly of sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes, gradually changing to mixed deciduous forest on the hills and in the hotter, drier areas of the park in the south and west, Bamboo is found throughout. Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargarh, or game reserve of the Maharajahs of Rewa. Hunting was carried out by the Maharajahs and their guests.

The adventure unfolds at daybreak. The early morning mist blankets around your open jeep. As you advance into the heart of the Bandhavgarh forest, a sense of expectation grips you. Tigers regularly give audience in these areas. Other wild animals are also easy to sight and capture on film. Experienced naturalists unravel the mysteries of nature as you drive deep into the jungle.

Set out on an open jeep for tiger sighting. Throbbing pulsating moments of adventure and peace unmatched, that is how you live amongst the wilds. Many of the valleys and meadows are grasslands with bamboo clumps along the forest edge, which offer amazing opportunities to the photographer. Unlike Africa, animals must be looked for, requiring a greater deal of patience and luck. Or enjoy a nature walk and bird watching in the surrounding forests outside the park with resident naturalists. It is now sunset, as you ride back to the comforts of the resort, the twilight silence is shattered by animal calls. The big cats are on the move. Homing in for the kill. It is evening and the most exciting time in the Indian jungle.

Common Name Scientific Name Color Eating Habits Average Age Days of Pregnancy Population in Bandhavgarh
Tiger Panthera Tigeris Yellow with Black stripes Carnivorous 20 years 105 days 45 - 50
Panther Panthera Piers Yellow with Black spots Carnivorous 15 years 90 days 25 - 30
Spotted Deer Axis Axis Akiss Aksis Brown with White spots Herbivorous 20 years 180 9500
Stag Servus Unicolour Brown Herbivorous 25 years 240 1400
When to Visit
Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park The ideal season for tiger spotting ins from November to June.The park is closed during the breeding season, which coincides with monsoon (July - October).

Winter temperature (November - mid - February) vary from almost freezing at night to around 68 F (20 C) in the daytime.

Summer nights are also cooler than the daytime temperature which rises to 104 F ( 40 C).

Rainfall in the park averages 50 inches (120 cm) per year.

What to wear
Casual summer clothing with natural colors is best from March to May. Sunglasses, Sun hats are preferable. From November to February, carry warm clothing for chilly mornings and misty evenings.

Getting to Bhandavgarh
BY AIR : Jabalpur is the nearest airport. Air Deccan fly to Jabalpur from Delhi via Bhopal. Jabalpur is 195 kms from Bandhavgarh National Park. Khajuraho is another airport which is 300 Kms. Though the drive is interesting, the road crosses the Ken river, some stretches of which have been declared a crocodile sanctuary famous for the ghariyal, a rare fish eating crocodile; and goes past Panna town, famous for its diamond mines, to Satna, the midway point, from where it branches off on a subsidiary road across ridges of the Vindhyachal to Bandhavgarh.

BY RAIL :Umaria is the nearest railhead which is 32 kms on the Eastern Railway. Other convenient railheads are Jabalpur, Katni and Satna on the Central Railway.

BY ROAD :Due to closure of Satna - Bandhavgarh road, The alternate routing now used is Khajuraho - Satna - Katni - Bandhavgarh which is approx 300 kms and roughly 50 kms longer than earlier. The drive should take around 8 hours