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Madhya Pradesh - Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve
Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve, and nearby destinations :
Recall the old history of the Rewa Kingdom in the independent Rewa state, located at an elevation of 441 meters. It is believed that the emperor Venkatraman Singh had killed 111 tigers in 1914 and made an unbreakable record. Tourists, who want to explore the places of Madhya Pradesh, should also visit the Rewa city, about 45 km away from Satna by bus.
It’s a favorite destination for many for the white tigers. The other praiseworthy interests of the city are Rani Mahal, Nach Mahal, innumerable temples and Palace shaped fort.
Covering straggling 20 acres, the Buddha Vihar, amidst the charming woods of the Madighat hill, is the newest allurement of the city of Rewa. 32 astounding shrines, 24 divine monasteries, 30 astonishing rock shelters and scattered ruins of the stone age are the witness of the old glory days of Rewa. The engraved paintings of the rock shelters are prime crowd pillars.
Besides Chandralok hotel, a number of other hotels are also there in the proximity for the holiday makers.
The bus from Rewa to Umaria touches Bandhavgarh on its way.
Gobindgarh, the summer capital, lies 19 km off Rewa, is situated in NH-17. Long back in 1951, the white tiger (Mohan) was taped in Gobingarh for the first time. Mohan, the white tiger, is now stuffed and is exhibited in the palace of the Maharajas of Rewa. The Gobindgarh palace used to have security like a well protected fort. The stately palace of Gobindpur, on the banks of the Lake, houses a police training school and Baghela museum now. Buy a ticket for 50 rupees to watch the collection of the Baghela museum. The island, nestled in the Lake, also showcases a wonderful palace. The doorway of this beguiling palace, however, is closed for the general public.
Gobindgarh has not come up with any hotels yet. Hordes of nature lovers who want to watch the nature from a different perspective should visit Bandhavgarh, about 123 km away from Gobindgarh. Bandhavgarh can be accessed from Gobindgarh by bus.
Bandhavgarh National Park, positioned on the valley of Vindhya hill, is located in Shahdol district. The altitude of the Shahdol district varies from 440 meters to 811 meters. Bandhavgarh National Park is a safe haven, hidden in the prolonged and dark woodland of Sal, Bamboo, Myrobalan, Mahua, Kendu and Bahera. The inhabitants, midst of wonderful natural milieu, are secluded by soaring mountains all around. The core area of the forest, covering 105 square km of rambling terrain, has been rewarded with the honor of the National Park on 23rd March, 1968. The volume of the entire territory was increased in 1982 to 448 square km. The status of the Tiger Reserve forest was another feather, added to the crown of the Bandhavgarh National Park in 1994. The deciduous forest of Bandhavgarh is an important homeland of 22 different types of mammals, 250 species of birds and numerous reptiles. The Charan Ganga River marks its way across the opaque forest. The deep and virgin woodland of Bandhavgarh exhibits plenty of water bodies or water holes. Gopalpur water body is the most famous out of all the scattered water bodies. This is the place where innumerable tigers gather at to quench their thirst, especially in summers. All of these dwellers amble around the territory freely. These near extinct tiger species of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve forest are preserved by law and order. Once it was a well known meadow of the ancient kings.
According to the statistics of 1990, the Bandhavgarh National Park provided shelter to 59 tigers, 4500 shambars, 7000 cheetal (spotted deer), wild pigs, Gaurs, Nilgai, Leopards, Burking deer, different species of deer, Beer, Hyena and many more denizens. Even though the National Park is not that big but it is definitely one of the most interesting National Parks of India. It showcases plenty of other wild animals apart from white tigers. But the latest statistics of 1997 had shown that the number of tigers have decreased to 46.
Innumerable indigenous and nomadic birds, such as, Common green pigeon, colorful Indian pied hornbill, Indian cuckoo, Parakeet, Nightingale, Blockheaded oriole and numerous other birds fly across the valley. All the bird watchers would have a nice time if they visit the National Park either in the early morning or in the evening. Wandering birds sing in concert on the banks of the Bhadrachala Lake.
Not many white tigers are there in the National Park now but watching the biodiversities and the wildlife of the forest would be an enthralling experience. The best time to visit the National Park is during summers, as tiger sightings are maximum at this time. The temperature in summers stays around 42 degree Celsius. Winters are chilling though. The temperature hovers around 4 degree Celsius in winters. The average rainfall of the forest is 1173 mm.
Book your ticket to travel into the forest riding on a car of MPTDC. Move across the forest riding on a car to watch the strolling denizens. It’s not a bad idea to enjoy an elephant safari as well in the afternoon. One has to spend 120 rupees to enjoy the elephant safari.
Climb up the observatory tower to watch the lush green nature around. A few observatory towers, (such as, Bhadrachala Watch Tower) are dotted around the forest territory. Bandhavgarh National Park is closed for general Public during 1st October- 30th June. Diesel cars are not allowed to get into the forest area. A group of 1 to 6 people has to purchase a ticket spending 680 to enter into the forest. Charges differ according to the quality of the camera. You have to compulsorily hire a guide alongside spending 150.
An ancient fort, temple, cave (carved out of hill) and the origin (well) of Charan Ganga River are there on the Bandhavgarh hill, at an elevation of 811 meters. 35 feet tall prostrate idol of the God Vishnu is there. Incarnations of Vishnu are artistically embossed on the stone as well. The rivulet of a waterfall is hugging the pebbly mountain at the back end of the Bandhavnagar hill. It is believed that the fort, atop the hill, was erected for Sri Ram. He used to take rest in this fort according to the mythological tale. The name of the fort was also found in the pages of Shiva Purana. Previously the capital of Rewa emperors was shifted to Rewa from Bandhavgarh in 1930. This is an abandoned fort now. Since then the denizens are freely strolling around the devastated fort.
Prehistoric Brahmi scripts had been discovered from the neighboring caves of 1st century (B.D).
Later on, Bandhavgarh became the meadow of Rewa rulers. The place is still not very popular to the swarms of the tourists. But, this is truly a dreamland for the bird watchers and nature lovers. If you don’t reserve a car from the Tiger Lodge, then you won’t be able to watch the fort, also only 20 jeeps are allowed in any one day, so queue up right in the morning for your berth. Try not to give it a miss. The roads are hilly, and you might be thrown around the jeep, it is not for aged people or people who have backbone ailments.
How to reach: Umaria, on the Bilaspur- Katni railway track, is the nearest railway station of Bandhavgarh National Park. Buses are available to Tala from the Umaria, Shahdol and Katni railway station. The entrance of the National Park is located at Tala. You can hire a car from Amarkantak or Satna to Bandhavgarh.
Where to stay: Tiger Lodge, Hotel Baghela, Golbro Tiger View Resort, Kumkum Home, Jungle Inn Resort, Bagh Bihar, Kolkata Kutir, PWD Bungalow, Bandhabgarh Jungle Lodge, Tiger Den Resort, Mogli Jungle Resort and Nature Heritage Resort.
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