Formerly a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa, this National Park is world-renowned as a tiger reserve.
The Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is a beautiful forest with wildlife and vegetation in abundance. Bandhavgarh is known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world and the frequent sightings of royal tigers makes this national park a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts. In 2012, around 44-49 tigers were living in the park. There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of avifauna. Among the carnivores, Tigers, Asiatic jackals, foxes, sloth bears, ratels, gray mongoose, striped hyenas, jungle cats and leopards are found here. Deers, monkeys, Wild boars, Nilgai, Chinkara and Gaur are also found here. A jeep safari into the park can take for a ride through adventure and enjoyment. The park got its name from the Bandhavgarh fort situated at the height of 800 m high cliffs nearby. The fort is in ruins now, but an hour trek to the fort is definitely worth it as it provides a magnanimous view of surroundings.
Bandhavgarh has a lot of accommodation options from budget hotels to high-end resorts. You can stay in one of the resorts inside the reserve as well.
With not too many options available, you can find typical Indian cuisine in this area along with popular items of Continental and Chinese cuisine. The local delicacies of Madhya Pradesh that you might find here include Dal Bafla, Biryani, Kebabs, Korma, Poha, Rogan Josh, Jalebi, Ladoos as well as beverages like Lassi and Sugarcane Juice.
Jeep Safari and Elephant Safaris are available in the park.
Keep in mind the timings of the park. The park is closed between July and September and the visiting hours are during day hours only.
Make sure that a forest guard is with you all the time to ensure your safety.
By Rohit Shroff
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