Bandhavgarh National Park

TThe forest of Bandhavgarh nestled among the Vindhya hills and came into existence in 1968 when the Maharaja of Rewa handed over the area to the government for its formation. Before that time, it was the former hunting place of the Maharaja of Rewa. At the time the area was handed over to the government, the fauna was not faring too well due the difficulty in the control of poaching. Once it became protected, the animal population took a drastic turn and began to flourish. The current core area is 106 square kilometers and has a buffer area of about 400 square kilometers.

Bandhavgarh National Park was declared a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1993. The density of the population of tigers is the highest known in India.

The terrain of the park is broken, with rocky hill ranges running roughly from east to west, grassy swamps and forested valleys. In the middle of the park is Bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by sloping valleys. These valleys end in small and swampy meadows, locally known as ‘bohera’. These areas primarily consist of sal forests, which is the main tree found in the entire park together with bamboo. The park has steep ridges, undulating forest and open meadows.

The park has a large biodiversity. It has a large breeding population of leopards and various species of deer. Bandhavgarh National Park is an unspoilt national habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. Here you can find the gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar deer, spotted deer and of course the tiger.

General information

Established : 1968

Area : 1536 square kilometers

Popular mammals : tiger, leopard, elephant, sambar deer, gaur and wild dog .

Popular birds : malabar pied hornbill, oranged-headed thrush, sirkeer malkoha, greater racket-tailed drongo, lesser adjutant and species of vultures .

Forest type: dry deciduous forest and open grassy meadows.