Address :  Vindhyan mountain ranges of central India, Madhya Pradesh.

Bandhavgarh national park is one of the most popular and visited national park in India. Bandhavgarh national park lies the state of Madhya Pradesh and is mainly known for its high tiger sighting during safaris. The Bandhavgarh park was also known for highest tiger density in the world, but now the crown has been taken by Corbett national park. But over the years Bandhavgarh has shown a considerable no. of increase in its tiger population and area. According to census conducted in 2005 there were estimated 46 to 52 tigers in the national park but now with the latest census the no.s have increased to 64 tiger.
Bandhavgarh nationa park situated at 197 km away north-east of Jabalpur and has derived its very name from an ancient fort in the area. Bandhavgarh National Park belongs to the Vindhyan mountain ranges of central India. The thick forest of Bandhavgarh National Park sits in a bowl encircled by cliffs and wooded Vindhyan mountains, and its plains have a number of grass and reed covered wetlands where Kingfishers dive and Egrets sit poised, hunch-backed, in the shallows.Up above, vultures nestle in holes in the sheer cliffs.
Bandhavgarh national park consisting of mixed vegetations ranging from tall grasslands to thick sal forest is the home to vide variety of animals and birds. Due to varied topography Bandhavgarh national park provides ample opportunity to spot the majestic Indian tiger and some rarely seen animals like leopard and sloth bear. Due to high wildlife sighting Bandhavgarh national park is becoming popular amongst tourists visiting India.
Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968. Since then many steps have been taken to retain the wildlife present in the park. Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt national habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. This includes gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer, among others and of course, the tiger.
Bandhavgarh national park has been divided into three zones – tala, magdi and bamera. Tala zone being the most popular amongst the tourists due to its highest tiger sighting. Now the park authorities are looking forward to develop magdi zone by providing more opportunities to spot tiger. Elephant shows are held in magdi zone of the Bandhavgarh national park to amximise the chances of spotting the elusive king of the junlge.
Flora In Bandhavgarh
Initially just 105.40-sq-kms in area, Bandhavgarh with 25 resident TIGERS was noted for its high-density tiger population. Today, it has been extended to an area of 437-sq-kms. About half the Bandhavgarh park is covered with 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.
Major Wildlife Attractions - Bandhavgarh
Once a hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa in more recent times, Bandhavgarh was declared a park in 1968. This is also the site where the fanmous WHITE TIGERS of Rewa were discovered.
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.
In the Bandhavgarh National Park the visitors can be entered on elephant back apart from the four wheelers. In the elephant safaris a forest department guide always accompanies the guests who will direct and tell about the flora and fauna of the park. The best time to visit the park is early in the morning or after 4 pm to spot the animals. The park is closed from 1st July to 15th October, which is the monsoon season.
Jeep And 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 organized for tiger tracking early in the morning.
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