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Bandhavgarh Tourist Attractions

INTRODUCTION

Bandhavgarh national park India's rich biodiversity makes it a very popular tourist destination. The wild array of flora and fauna is well preserved and protected in a number of national parks and sanctuaries. One of the most popular national parks in India is the Bandhavgarh National Park which is located in the Umaria district of eastern Madhya Pradesh. The park has an overall geographical area of approximately 450 square kilometres and is home to hundreds of different species of wildlife. India's national animal, the tiger, which is now vastly endangered and dwindling in numbers is the major attraction at Bandhavgarh. The park is recognized as one of the major destination for the tiger project on the wage of continuing the essential tiger project in India. This park is spreading across an area of 105 sq km and the name Bandhavgarh has been acquired from the most prominent hillock of the area. It is flourished with high biodiversity and since the area is filled with large density of tiger population, Bandhavgarh stands among the most regarded national park preferably for tiger tours which is being visited at the best season of 15th of October to till 30th of June. There are 32 hills in this part of the park, which has a large natural fort at its center. The fort's cliffs are 2625 feet (800 meters) high, 1000 feet (300 meters) above the surrounding countryside. Bandavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana.

BANDHAVGARH TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Bandhavgarh tiger reserve is located in Umaria & Shahdol districts of Madhya Pradesh state. It is a beautiful forest, spread over Vindhya mountain ranges and covers a large area in which jungle safaris are offered to tourists, in a limited area. Here we have tried to enlist some of the prominent tourist attractions of Bandhavgarh which can be visited during holiday trip of this national park. Let us check them one by one:

Bandhavgarh Fort

The Bandhavgarh Fort is believed to be one of the oldest forts in India and is more than 2000 years old, even though there is no historical document or record to support this fact. has been under the control of Maghas dynasties for 20 complete centuries but its pre-history still got its value when we learn that the legend of Ramayana also includes this ancient fort. This is being believed that Lord Rama built the fort during his short stay at the area (jungle) of Bandhavgarh while returning from Lanka. He then gifted this fort to his brother Lakshmana who took the control of this fort to watch the activities of Lanka. The majestic fort lying in the heart of the forest makes for a trek that isn't worth missing. The view from the same is also extremely picturesque. Although prior permission is required from the park authorities to visit the fort, it can be safely said that no trip to Bandhavgarh is complete without a visit to the fort. Apart from the rich cultural history of the fort, one also feels close to wildlife as animals can be spotted from here. The fort attracts the tourists today with the presence of the ancient ruins of the fort and the nearby temple.

Bandhavgarh Hills

This is the highest hill in the reserve area with an altitude of 807 m and includes around 32 hills. These small hills together with the Bandhavgarh hill form a number of low lying plains and valleys. The Bandhavgarh hill is formed of sandstones and the presence of different streams and springs are the source of water in the region.

Climbers Point

The most appealing place in the Bandhavgarh National Park, Climber's Point brings an aerial view of the entire park which is being flourished with Sal and Bamboo trees. This place is also being surrounded by some of the faunal species like butea superba and bauhinia wahlii for much denser ambience.

Baghel Museum

The Baghel museum is composed of all the personal belongings of Maharaja of Rewa which is being displayed to the visitors to explore the royal and jungle life of Bandhavgarh. The museum also boasts ancient hunting equipments by the Maharajas along with some of the military equipments.

Shesh Saiyaa

Shesh Shaiya, an idol of Lord Vishnu, is the originating point of River Charanganga. Having a length of 65 ft, it is laid horizontally on the serpent, which has seven heads and is considered very old in terms of architecture. The seven hooded serpent is called Shesh Naga. Owing to the presence of many fruit bearing trees in the vicinity, the place is visited by many birds like Malabar pied hornbill. This place is frequented by many devotees at the time of Diwali, when the idol of Lord Vishnu is embellished with many lamps.

Tala Village

Tala Village is one of the most prominent attractions of Bandhavgarh, and is the lowest point of the wildlife reserve. Here Tala means Bandhavgarh tourism as all major hotels & resorts are surrounding to this village as it is the main village for local level shopping. It has many mud houses and abounds with natural landscapes. Tourists visiting the reserve can find several hotels and resorts for accommodation in the village.

Ranchcha Village

The nearby village of Ranchcha. The entire village road, as well as the one connecting Bandhavgarh, is an almost 6-inch thick concrete road that can make any of our city tar-roads shy. These villages present the picture of Indian Tribal's.

Gopalpur

Gopalpur is that portion of the park which is considered to be a bird watcher's paradise. It is a marshy area in the north-eastern region of the park. Hundreds of birds can be spotted here at any given time. Binoculars and cameras are a must to take the pictures and seen properly.

Bandhavgarh Mammals Checklist

Commonly seen list of Bandhavgarh mammals:

Mammals Name Scientific Name Mammals Name Scientific Name
Leopard Panthera pardus Indian Muntjac Muntiacus muntjak
Tiger Panthera tigris tigris Indian Gazelle/Chinkara Gazella gazella
Sambar Cervus unicolor Dhole/Wild dog Cuon alpinus
Wild Boar Sus scrofa Nilgai or blue bull Boselaphus tragocamelus
Hanuman Langur Presbetys entellus Jungle Cat
Felis chaus
Golden Jackal Canis aurius Indian Porcupine Hystrix indica
Striped Hyaena Hyaena hyaena Indian Fox Vulpes bengalensis
Chital Cervus axis Four-horned Antelope Tetracerus quadricornis
Please note that Indian Bisons (Gaurs have been re-introduced) into Bandhavgarh. At present they can be seen in Magadhi zone enclosure. After some time, observing their adaptability to surrounding, they will allow to move freely in Bandhavgarh forest.

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