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Bandhavgarh National Park

Though small in size, yet it is the national park known for its highest tiger population. The former hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa; Bandhavgarh was declared a National Park in 1968 and further extended to the adjoining Sal Forests in 1986. The thick forest and Vindhyan Mountains surround Bandhavgarh National Park. Its plains have a number of grass and reed covered wetlands dominated by the Kingfishers and Egrets. The Bandhavgarh National Park. Covering an area of 542.40-sq-kms, Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary has 25 resident tigers and is noted for its tiger population. The fine trees of Sal cover half of the Bandhavgarh National Park while the higher hills consist of the mixed forests. The wide stretches of bamboo and grasslands cover the entire northern region. Whole of the national park is encompassed by 32 wooded hills.

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Wildlife Attraction in the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Flora :
Bandhavgarh National Park is densely covered by variety of trees with Sal dominating throughout the valley, giving way to mixed forests in the higher reaches of the hills. Mixed vegetation like Sali, Saj, Saja, Dhobin, etc. are found in these higher lands. Stretches of Bamboo and grasslands extend to the north.

The Fauna :
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya PradeshThe density of the big cat population at Bandhavgarh is the highest in India; and this is the main reason why Bandhavgarh is famous among the wildlife lovers across the globe. Apart from Tigers, Bandhavgarh is endowed with variety of wildlife species like Leopards, Gaur (Indian Bison-although some say this is no longer seen), Chital (spotted deer), Sambar, Dholes, Nilgais, Wild Boars, Hyenas, Chinkaras, Sloth Bears, Rhesus Macaques, Black-faced Langurs, Jungle Cats, Porcupines, Jackals, Foxes, Wild Dogs, Chausinghas, and Ratels.

The Birds :
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya PradeshApart being rich in wildlife, Bandhavgarh National Park is also an abode of several species of colorful birds, which will leave you spellbound. Major inhabitants are White-browed Fantails, Steppe Eagles, Green Pigeons, Grey Malabar Hornbills, Black and White Malabar Hornbills (quite a rare sighting), Blossom-headed Parakeets, Parakeets, Blue-bearded Bee Eaters, Green Bee Eaters, White-bellied Drongos, Owls, Jerdon's and Gold-fronted Leaf Birds, Minivets, and Woodshrikes.

Mammals & Reptiles :
There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The grasslands in the park consist of chinkara (Indian gazelle), nilgai (blue bull) and chausingha (four-horned antelope) and wild boar. The dense forests contain sambhar (Indian stag), the muntjac (barking deer) and the herds of chital (spotted deer). Gaur (Indian bison) herds can be seen during March and April.

In & Around Bandhavgarh :
If you are at Bandhavgarh then don’t miss to see Bandhavgarh Fort and Kalchuri Archaeological Remains. You can also visit Khajuraho (230 km) for a complete but welcome change. But, if you have a hunger for more wildlife then you can visit Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary (250 km).

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