Situated in the eastern stretch of the Vindhyan Ranges it is 5-hour drive from Khajuraho and 165 km away from Jabalpur. Earlier, the forests around Bandhavgarh were maintained as a Shikargah or the game preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa Bandhavgarh is famous for tiger sighting.

Tiger Reserve

The Tiger Reserve covers an area of 1536.93 sq km with a core area of 716.90 sq km dominated by extremely rugged terrain with many hills. Many hills and hillocks dot the area amidst valleys, meadows and marshes. One can also visit the remains of 200 years old Bandhavgarh Fort and around it are cave shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions dating back to 1st century BC. At the centre of the park is Bandhavgarh hill. Surrounding it are a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys. Bandhavgarh tiger reserve has a number of old tanks, water holes to provide for water sources and Charanganga river is the prominent river flowing through the park. With tropical dry and moist deciduous forests interspersed with grasslands, the vegetation is chiefly of sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes with bamboo found in abundance almost throughout Bandhavgarh has a good relative abundance of tigers and other wildlife species. Among mammals chital, sambhar, barking deer, wild dog, leopard, wolf, jackal, sloth bear, wild pig, langur, monkey are seen occasionally. Reptiles include cobra, krait, viper, python, chameleon etc. The reserve is also rich in birds. Some 250 species of birds are found in the park. The common ones are egret, jungle crow, peafowl, grey hornbill, red wattled lapwing, crested serpent eagle, quails, owls, parakeets, common teal etc. The Tala range rich in water and food resources harbours most of the wildlife.

How to reach;

The airports at Khajuraho (237 km) and at Jabalpur (195 km) serve as a good base to visit Bandhavgarh. Nearest railway stations are at Jabalpur (195 km), Katni (100 km) and Satna (120 km) on the Central Railway and Umaria (33 km) on South Eastern Railway. Buses and taxis are available to visit the park from Jabalpur, Katni, Umaria etc.

Content Courtesy : MP Madhyam.