A sense of anticipation precedes the adrenalin rush, as the rustle in the undergrowth precedes a visit from the King of the Jungle. Pages from the Jungle Book come alive in front of your eyes... welcome to Kipling Country, Bandhavgarh - Home to the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger, and a diverse flora & fauna that embodies the true enigma of the Indian wilds.
This sprawling 437 sq. km. of protected reserve was once the preferred hunting ground of erstwhile Maharajas. It was later declared a national park in 1968 and became Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger in 1993. This is where the famous White Tigers were discovered in the year 1951.
Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km. Topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.
Bandhavgarh National Park a sprawling of 437 sq. km. protected area was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a major attraction around the world's zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys.
Bandhavgarh has a very deep-rooted importance of it's own in the history and mythology of India. Looming high over the entire park and located in the heart of it's core area, is a fort dating back to the mythological era of Rama and Hanuman from the Hindu epic 'Ramayana'. It is said that the two monkeys who created the "setu", or bridge, between India and Lanka to enable Rama to cross over and vanquish the demon king, Ravana, were also the architects of the Bandhavgarh fort. This fort was used by Rama and Hanuman on their journey back to their kingdom from Lanka. This fort was later handed over by Rama to his brother Lakshmana who came to be known as the "Bandhavdhish", lord of the fort.
Located in Madhya Pradesh, the tiger state of India, Bandhavgarh National Park is famous among wildlife lovers the world over, for the ease of sightings of the elusive big cat. Ensconced in jagged cliffs and draped with dense foliage of the Vindhyachal forests, the National Park indulges the most cherished fantasies of visitors, who are on the lookout for their own wild side.
You can get into the heart of all the action with Jeep Safaris, accompanied by seasoned guides whose instincts and intuitions appear to emanate from a sharp sixth sense, quite like the special abilities of the forest's more acclaimed natives. Wildlife safari timing in bandhavgarh national park vary according to the season. In winters, due to the shorter duration of daylight hours, the morning entry time is later and evening exit time is earlier.