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Madhya Pradesh Tourism – The Wildlife Town of Bandhavgarh

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Bandhavgarh, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh is believed to be the home of the white tigers. This was also the hunting ground of the Rewa Maharajas.

In the year 1986, owing to the wide biodiversity of the place, Bandhavgarh was converted into a national park. It is famous for sheltering the highest number of tiger population in the country.

Apart from tigers, it also houses a dense population of leopards and different species of deer along with several other rare species of wildlife.

Bandhavgarh Hill

Bandhavgarh Hill

Bandhavgarh Hill is the highest hill in the reserve of Bandhavgarh, at an altitude of 807 mt above the sea level. This hill range is formed from sandstone and water that permeates into it, as a result of which there are many springs and streams that originate from this hill. The hill range has a flat top covered in marshes. Bamboos and Sal trees cover this area.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

The Bandhavgarh National Park is spread across the Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh. The park has steep ridges, dense forests and open meadows. It has over 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds here. A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, they come here hoping to catch a glimpse of the White Tiger, Asiatic Jackal, Striped Hyena, Bengal Fox, Ratel, Sloth Bear, Jungle Cat, Gray Mongoose and Leopard.

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Gharpuri Dam

Gharpuri Dam

Gharipuri Dam located on the outskirts of Bandhavgarh is a popular tourist place. The view from the dam is a breath taking one and is a hot spot for bird lovers as many species of bird can be seen here. Some of the birds you can spot here include Black Ibis, Sarus Crane, Egret, Pied Wagtail, Red-Wattled Lapwing, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Indian Pond Heron and Kingfishers.

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Shesh Shaiya

Shesh Shaiya

The Shesh Shaiya, which is a 65 ft tall statue of Lord Vishnu. It is the only place in the entire reserve where you will be required to go on foot. The statue is sculptured to show Lord Vishnu in his sleeping posture on the Sheesh Naag. This statue is in a green pool of water, and it is believed that the Charanganga river originates from here.

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Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves

Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves

The Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves are built on the sandstone hillocks of Bandhavgarh Hill. There are nearly 39 caves in the region, and it covers the length of about 5 km. You can see several caves here having inscriptions of the Brahmi script and some of these caves also have embossed figures of tiger, pig, elephant and horsemen.

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Bandhavgarh Fort

Bandhavgarh Fort

The Bandhavgarh Fort is a tourist sightseeing place in Bandhaygarh. It sits on top of Bandhavgarh Hill and gives a beautiful view of the surrounding regions. The fort lies within the Tiger Reserve and is often visited by tigers and their cubs who come here to escape from the sun. It is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

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Baghel Museum

Baghel Museum

The Baghel Museum was the royal mansion of the Maharaja of Rewa. Here, you can see many equipments used for hunting by the Maharaja. Also on display is a stuffed white tiger, which is believed to be the first one spotted by the King. A visit here is like a walk back in time and gives you a royal feeling.

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How to Reach Bandhavgarh

How to Reach Bandhavgarh

By Air: The nearest airport to Bandhavgarh is located at Jabalpur, which has regular flights to Mumbai, Indore and New Delhi. Jabalpur is 169 km away from Bandhavgarh.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Bandhavgarh is at Katni. It is 97 km from Bandhavgarh. Katni Junction has connectivity to New Delhi, Vadodara, Mumbai, Howrah, Bangalore and Chennai and other major places in India.

By Road: Bandhavgarh is well connected by road. Private and state government buses are available at regular intervals from the major cities and towns of Madhya Pradesh. Nearby towns and cities also provide Jeeps and SUVs.

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