Area: 437 sq. kms / 44,884 hectares/ 168 sq. miles
Established: 1968 as a National Park.
Extended In: Extended in 1986.
Became A Tiger Reserve: In 1993 .
Description (Bandhavgarh National Park):
A wildlife retreat where history and nature meet, Bandhavgarh is too far
away from Kanha. Set amidst the Vindhyan ranges, the park has a series
of ridges running through it. This
was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present
is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a major
attraction around the world's zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not
far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running
roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys.
National Park (Attractions):
Much of the park is covered in Sal forest, replaced by mixed forests in
the higher elevations of the hills. There are extensive stands of bamboo
and grasslands. Generally the forests are less dense here, with less
undergrowth than in North India, thus offering better sightings of
wildlife, notably mammals, including the daylight sightings of Tigers in
the grassy 'maidans'. Tigers are estimated for the park.
inhabitants of the park include the Muntajac, Jungle Cat, Ratel, Jyena,
Porcupine, the Rhesus Macaque and the back-faced Langur. The park also
has numerous ancient caves and rock shelters, with shrines and
inscriptions. About 150 species of birds known from the Tala area are
also found over here including the Brown Fish Owl, Grey-headed Fishing
Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Shahin Falcon.
park is dominated by the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort, located on a plateau
and reached after a steep climb. The fort is now in ruins, its monuments
and tanks beings gradually reclaimed by the forest, thus providing
additional shelter for wildlife such as Black Bucks