The Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places in India to spot a tiger and is also home to a wide range of other game such as nilgai, jungle cat, wild boar, hyenas and many species of birdlife.
The park is set in extremely rugged terrain with many hills. There are also interesting cave shrines scattered around the park, with Brahmin inscriptions dating from the first century BC. The park is dominated by the majestic Bandhavgarh Fort.
What to see
The Fort : Though no record remain to show when Bandhavgarh Fort was constructed, it is believed to be 2000 years old. Various dynasties have ruled from here and the last inhabitants deserted the fort in 1935.
Wildlife that can he spotted here are the Rhesus Macaque, Asiatic Jackal, Fox, Sloth Bear, Grey Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard, tiger, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chinkara, and Gaur. Birds in the Park: The vegetation along the streams and marshes in the Park is rich in birdlife. The common ones are Little Grebe, Egret, Lesser Adjutant, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Common Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Parakeet, King Fisher, Indian Rolier, Sarus Crane, Black White and Crested Serpent Eagle. Reptiles: Reptilian Fauna include the Cobra, Krait, Vipier, Ratsnake, Python, Turtle and a number of lizard varieties including Varanus.
Wildlife viewing: There are two main ways of getting about in the, park in a motor vehicle or on elephant back. Jeep safaris are best undertaken from dawn till about 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. till dusk as the animals are most active during this period. Elephants are used every morning by the Forest Department for tiger-tracking. If the tiger is found, the elephant takes you directly to the tiger.
Air: Khajuraho 230 Km is the most convenient airport connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with Agra, Delhi and Varanasi.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Umeria 30 Km on the Katni - Bilaspur section of South Eastern Railway. However, convenient railheads are Satna 117 km, Jabalpur 164 Km, and Katni 100 Km. on the Central Rty.
Road: Bandhavgarh National Park is Situated on the Satna-Umaria and Rewa highway and is connected by road with Jabalpur 164 Km, Kanha 250 Km, Khajuraho via Satna 203 Km, Rewa 115 Km.
Area: 448 Sq. Km.
Altitude: 440 to 811 mts. Temperature: Summer - Max: 42 Deg.C Min: 24.0 Deg.C Winter - Max: 24 Deg.C Min: 04.0 Deg.C Rainfall: 117.4 cm
Best Season : November to June. (The park is closed during the monsoons from 1st July to 31st October). STD Code; 07653