Wildlife life sanctuaries and national parks have always been favorite tourist destination of many. Children, young and old love to explore the mysteries of nature. That is why man feels eager to see and listen to the sights and sounds of jungles. India is a country which houses a number of parks and sanctuaries. The state of Madhya Pradesh in central India also attracts tourists from all over the country. Bandhavgarh national park in the Umaria District along the foothills of Vindhya hills presents a picturesque view along with displaying its rich flora and fauna.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Even if you are not a wildlife lover, you can pay a visit to the sanctuary for an all together different experience.
The Sanskrit word 'Bandhavgarh' means Brother's fort. The name of the national park is derived from the name of the prominent hillock of the area. According to the Ramayana, this was given by Lord Rama to his brother Lakhsmana to keep a watch on Lanka (Ceylon or Srilanka).
Area and location:
The core area of the park is 105 sq. km. with a buffer area of 332 sq. km. That makes the total area 437 sq. km. The buffer area spreads over the forests divisions of Katni and Umaria. The park is situated in the Sahdol district of Madhya Pradesh.
The total area is encircled by cliffs and the wooden forests of Vindhya Mountains. It is covered by grasslands and reed covered wetlands.
The faunal and floral species of Bandharvgarh national park are really attractive. You will find sal forests and bamboo trees in most of the areas and mixed forests in the higher reaches of the hill.
The tiger species is one of the major attractions in the park. There are 25 resident species of tiger, the number being decreased during the recent years. The faunal species also include Nilgai, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Chausingha, Chital, etc.
The national park is also remarkable for its bird population that include Coppersmith Barbet, Common Myna, Orange-headed Thrush, Brown-headed Barbet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Spotted Dove Little Cormorant, Red-rumped Swallow, Lesser Whistling Teal, Little Brown Dove, White-tailed , wallow, Jungle Babbler, Shikra, Brown Fish Owl, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Common Kestrel, Jungle Myna, Brahminy Starling, White-throated Fantail Flycatcher, White-throated Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Black Stork and many more.
When to visit?
The park remains closed from July to September. If you want to spot tiger then November to June remains the best period.
Where to stay?
The decent accommodation facilities at Bandhavgarh will definitely impress you. Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge, Tiger Trail Resort, Tiger Den Resort, Royal Tiger Resort, etc. are some of the best resorts that offer you good amenities for a comfortable stay.
Khajurao at a distance of 230 kms is the nearest airport which is well linked with Agra, Delhi, Varanasi, etc. Umaria is the nearest railway station that is located at a distance of 30 km. you can also board train from Satna that is 117 km away.
The sanctuary is located Satna-Umaria & Rewa-Umaria highway. The park can be traveled easily by bus from Khajuraho, Varanasi, Katni, Kanha and Umaria.
Visiting some more places:
A visit to Kalchuri Archeological Remains and Bandhavgarh Fort will add spice to your trip. Take Jeep & Elephant Safaris to enjoy the best view of the wildlife.
The Bandhavgarh national park will provide you materialistic and aesthetic pleasure. The wildlife and panoramic beauty make it a place worthy of visit.