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India: Bandhavgarh National Park

Indian Wildlife

Located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is one of the popular national parks in India. The tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest in India. Bandhavgarh is a tiger reserve where famous Rewa white tigers were discovered. Until recently it was a hunting preserve for the royal family of Rewa and the Maharaja of Rewa retained the hunting rights until 1968, when the areas were declared as a national park. Since then, numerous steps have been taken to retain Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt natural habitat.

Nilgai, Bandhavgarh National Park

Spread over 437sq. km with semi evergreen sal forests, grassland, bamboo stretches and mixed forests at higher altitudes, this national park is the habitat for tigers, leopards, Indian wild dogs, jungle cats, mountain gazelle, hyena, porcupine, langur and many species of local and migrating birds. In 1982, three more ranges, namely Khitauli, Magdhi, and Kallawah were added to the original Tala range extending the area of the Park to 448 sq. km. As Project tiger expanded, Bandhavgarh was declared as a Tiger Reserve which has a core area of 694 sq. km with the addition of Panpatha Sanctuary and a buffer area of 437 sq. km

The chances of seeing a tiger is very bright in this Park. Tours on elephant backs are available in the park. The best time to visit the park is from November through June. The park will be closed during monsoon and most of the animals seek refuge in the dense forest from heavy rain.

Jabalpur is the nearest city to Bandhavgarh which has good air connectivity with major cities of India. The nearest railway station is in Umaira about 30km from the park. Accommodation could be arranged at the forest rest house or at Bandhavgarh Jungle Camp.

For further information contact:

  • The Director,
    Bandhavgarh National Park,
    Umaria P. O., Shahdol Dist.,
    Madhya Pradesh
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