Bandhavgarh National Park, the most popular national parks in India is located in the Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. It is declared a national park in 1968. The Bandhavgarh National Park is spread across the area of 105 km⊃2;. The area of Bandhavgarh is being flourished with a large biodiversity, the place which is also being famed to grip highest density of tiger population in India.
Nilgai at the Bandhavgarh National Park:
Facts about Bandhavgarh National Park:
1. Bandhavgarh was declared a park in 1968. This is also the site where the famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered.
2. The Bandhavgarh National Park is spread across the area of 105 km⊃2;.
3. The name Bandhavgarh has been derived from the most prominent hillock of the area of Umaria.
4. The park also beholds the largest breeding population of leopards and various species of deer.
5. The park has been divided into three major zones named as Tala, Magdi and Bamera out of which the Tala zone attracts major number of tourists by offering the tiger sighting opportunities.
6. Bandhavgarh National Park consists of mixed vegetations ranging from tall grasslands to thick Sal forest and so is the perfect habitat of variety of animals and birds.
7. In addition to the Tigers other attractions includes, Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar and sometimes a Fox or Jackal.
8. According to forest officials, there are more than 250 species of birds, about 80 species of butterflies, a number of reptiles.
9. Some of the typical and peculiar birds found in Bandhavgarh National Park are-
• Plum-headed parakeet
• Green-headed barbet
• Orange-headed thrush
• Brown-headed barbet
• Coppersmith barbet
• Common myna
• Alexandrine parakeet
• Indian grey hornbill
• Rock pigeon
• House crow
• Carrion crow
• Little egret
• Cattle egret
• Great egret
• Black drongo
Bandhavgarh at a Glance:
Area: 450 sq. km (Core area: 105 sq. km)
Altitude: 800 m above sea level
State: Madhya Pradesh
Location: Vindhyan Mountain ranges of central India
Temperature range: 42°C to 2°C
Annual Rainfall: 1200mm
Best time to visit: February-June (Closed 1 July-15 October)