Bandhavgarh National Park – Paradise for Wildlife Photographers
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most popular National Parks in India. Bandhavgarh National Park is located in located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. It was in the year 1968 that the Bandhavgarh got the status of a National Park which was spread over an area of 105 square kilometers and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. The National Park is spread at Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh. It is popular as a forest which is densely populated by tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.
Bandhavgarh National Park was once used to be a hunting reserve for Maharaja of Rewa. Today it is a popular hub for white tigers. Apart from tigers Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt national habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. These includes gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer, among others. The park has a large breeding population of leopards, and various species of deer.
Bandhavgarh National Park has been home to some popular Tigers. It is known for as one of the first white tiger spotting parks in India. It was in the year 1951 when Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa captured the first white tiger named Mohan which is is now stuffed and on display in the palace of the Maharajas of Rewa. Another popular tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park are Charger who was popular for his habit of charging at elephants and tourists. A tigress named Sita who once appeared on the cover of National Geographic and is considered the most photographed tiger in the world.
There are four main zones of the national park namely Tala, Magdhi, Khitauli, and Panpatta. Together, these four ranges comprise the ‘Core’ of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve constituting a total area of 694 km2. The riches of these four regions in terms of biodiversity, mainly tigers is the Tala region. The buffer zone is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals another 437 km2.
Best Time to Visit:
Bandhavgarh National Park remain open for visitors from 15th October to 30th June. Bandhavgarh safari timing vary from season to season. Entry timings during winter season starts early in the morning because of the shorter duration of daylight hours and the exit timing are bit early.