Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most popular national parks in India. Bandhavgarh is densely populated with various wild species gaur or Indian bison, sambar, barking deer, nilgai, Indian wolf (canis lupus indica), striped hyena, caracal, tiger, chital or spotted deer and the Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca). Bandhavgarh has one of the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world, and are large in size and beautiful build. It is located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh and Tala is entrance gate of park. It includes a significant area of 105 km2. The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni around totals 820 km2. Bandhavgarh is not only popular due to it’s wild life it is also full with history.
Bandhavgarh region got its name from this fort. The fort was called as Bandhavgarh (Brother’s Fort). According to mythology Lord Rama stayed in Bandhavgarh. The fort was constructed here by two monkey architects, which was later gifted to Lakshmana (Brother of Shri Rama). In various ancient texts such as Narada Pancha Ratra and Shiv Purana it is mentioned. The Bandhavgarh was an important territory under many rulers, like Chandelas, Mughals and Lodis. Bandhavgarh Fort, finally became the private property of the Maharajas of Rewa. During their rule, the Baghels (Maharajas of Rewa) decided to shift their capital to Rewa. The Bandhavgarh region came to corner of kingdom bringing difficulty. Due to this that region Bandhavgarh was covered by dense forests.
Bandhavgarh was also declared a game reserve where only the royal families were allowed for hunting. The kings of Rewa killed at least 109 tigers due to the increasing terror of the tiger attacks. Only Raja Gulab Singh Baghel shoot down 83 tigers in a single year. But later they handed over the land to the state government and in 1968, this royal place was being declared as the national park.
Bandhavgarh fort attractions
Here we provide a small number of places of attraction. A huge amount of historical assets are exist here. Marks of human establishments are scattered in Bandhavgarh forest in the form of man-made caves, sculpture art, rock-cut rooms, huge statues, water reservoirs, temples etc.
|Shesh Shaiya||Fort Moti Mahal|
|Raja Talao||Bandhavdheesh Temple|
|Vaman Incarnation||Varah (Boar) Idol|
|Karn Pole Gate||Tortoise Idol|
Figure 1 Bandhavgarh fort attractions
Best Time to Visit:
Bandhavgarh remains open between October to June months for visitors. So park visit possible at any day during these months. Between the months of July – August – September, Bandhavgarh Park remains closed for visitors. So we can only visit park during winters & summers. In two months, during October and November, climate remains pleasant, spread greenery everywhere with plenty of water-holes and also in winters between, December – January – February. After that during March & April in Springs day time temperature feels hot and temperature will start reaching 40 degree Celsius. Finally between April to June, strong heat-waves, dryness in jungle, disappearance of water-holes and a peculiar silence in the forest found.