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Bandhavgarh national park, bandhavgarh tigers

Bandhavgarh National Park is on of the most popular Tiger reserves and national parks of India, situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh near Umaria. Spread over a small area of 105 kmē, the park has one of hte most. The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals 437 kmē. The park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which is said to be given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Laxman to keep a watch on Lanka. Hence the name Bandhavgarh (Sanskrit: Brother's Fort). Bandhavgarh is home to the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world. It is known to be a place for some of the most well known tigers throughout the world. The tiger, Charger became the first known healthy male living in Bandhavgarh since the 1990's. He was named so because he would charge upon elephants and travelers but would cause no harm. He did it just for fun. A female known as Sita too ruled over Bandhavgarh for many years. Sita is known to be the most photographed tiger in the world. Most of the tigers of Bandhavgarh are genes of Sita and Charger.

                 One of the biggest attractions of this national park is the tiger and its sightings. Bandhavgarh has a very high density of tigers within the folds of its jungles. The 105 kmē of park area open for tourist was reported to have 22 Tigers, a density of one tiger for every 4.77 kmē. (Population estimation exercise 2001). There is a saying about the Park that goes: "In any other Park, You are lucky if you see a tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don't see (at least) one."

How to reach Bandhavgarh

By Air:
Fly from Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho and drive (7-8 hours) to Tala park entrance at Bandhavgarh. Nearest airport from the park is Khajuraho.

By Rail:
Nearest railway station is Umaria after Katani railway station, from there it is about 40 minutes drive to Nature Heritage. Alternatively, take the overnight train from Delhi to Umaria and drive (30 minutes) to the park. Only jeeps are available for transfers. Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh distance is 250 Kms, (8 hrs drive).

Jungle Safari at Bandhavgarh
Jungle safari at Bandhavgarh can be done by open air four wheel drive jeeps or by Elephant safari. Timings are fixed and and available in the morning(730-1030) and afternoon(1500-1730). (Opening from 16th October '09)

Where to Stay at Bandhavgarh  Mapple Resort, Bandhavgarh, Infinity Resorts Bandhavgarh

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