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Bandhavgarh National Park

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Bandhavgarh National ParkThe Park
The dense forest of Bandhavgarh National Park is enclosed by cliffs and wooded Vindhya Mountain Ranges. The plains of Bandhavgarh has many grass and reed covered wetlands where Kingfishers and Egrets relaxes and up above, vultures rests in holes in the sheer cliffs. Once a hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa in more recent times, Bandhavgarh was declared a National Park in 1968. This is also the site where the fanmous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The Bandhavgarh forest is large enough to become a living bio-sphere, providing its own climate, atmosphere, water and nutrition.
Spread across an area of 437-sq-kms, Bandhavgarh park is dominated by fine trees of Sal, while mixed forests are found in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of bamboo and grasslands extend to the north. The main wildlife viewing is still done in the core of the park with its 32 picturesque, wooded hills.

Some of the important road distances are:
Khajuraho (via Satna)230-kms, Varanasi (via Rewa) 340-kms, Katni 75-kms, Rewa 115-kms, Umaria 30-kms, Kanha 250-kms. Madhya Pradesh State Transport Bus Services are also available from Rewa, Satna, Katni and Umaria.

Check In the Accommodation at Bandhavgarh :
There are enough good accommodation options in Bandhavgarh. There are a number of star category hotels catering to the needs of tourists interested in exploring the scenic region around.

Get Abosrbed In
Wandering through the Bandhavgarh national park on an Elephant Back, the chances of seeing a tiger are quite good. Among the other wild attractions include, Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar and sometimes a Fox or Jackal.

Bandhavgarh National ParkLook Beyond
Kalchuri Archeological Remains
Beside the wildlife, Bandhavgarh is also famous for the archaeological remains of the Kalchuri period that have been found here.

Bandhavgarh Fort
The Bandhavgarhpark area is hilly and is dominated by the majestic Bandhavgarh fort, built in 14th century. The fort and the adjacent hills have a large number of caves belonging to the pre-historic period.

Jeep & Elephant Safari
One can enjoy viewing the wildlife by two ways in Bandhavgarh - Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari, Jeep safaris are undertaken during the early morning hours till evening. A forest department guide is always their with the visitors on these jeep trips taken inside the park. Elephant safari trips are organised for tiger tracking early in the morning.

Travellers Factoid
Location : Umaria District, Madhya Pradesh
Speciality : Tigers, Leopards, Bears
Best Time to Visit : July to early November.
Getting There
Air : Khajurao at 230-kms is the most convenient airport connected by various domestic airline services with Agra, Delhi, Kashi / Varanasi.
Rail : The nearest railhead Umaria at 30-kms is on the Katni-Bilaspur section of South-Eastern Railway. Another convenient railhead Satna (117-kms) is on the Bombay-Howrah main line of the Central Railway.
Road : Bandhavgarh National Park is situated on the Satna-Umaria & Rewa-Umaria highway.

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