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Bandhavgarh National Park : CENTRAL INDIA

Set amongst the Vindhyas, in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is a small national park, but with the highest known density of tiger population in India. It is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh.

The park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which is said to be given by the Hindu God Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka (Ceylon). Hence the name Bandhavgarh.

Bandhavgarh National Park Safari showcases the unspoilt natural habitat for a variety of wildlife specific to the area. These include gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer, among others and of course, the Tiger.

Bandhavgarh National Park is a jungle consisting mainly of sal trees. It is only in the slightly higher reaches that it changes to a more mixed vegetation of sali, saj, saja, dhobin etc. In the northern region of the park, there are vast stretches of grasslands and bamboo forests.

Location
Umaria, Madhya Pradesh India
Nearest Rail Head
Umaria
Nearest Airport
Jabalpur
Area
1161 sq. km (Combining Core and buffer forest)
Vegetation
Tropical moist deciduous, dry deciduous and scrub
Established
1968
Major Wildlife Attractions
Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Chital, Sambar deer, Jackal, Indian Fox, Wild Boar
Best Time to visit
November to June