Bandhavgarh National Park was formerly a royal hunting reserve of the princely state of Rewe, where the first white tiger was found in the wild. It has the highest known density of Bengal tigers in India.
Situated in 450 square kilometres of mixed forest, the park lies in a remote part of Madhya Pradesh in central India. In addition to its famous tiger population, estimated at 63 individuals by the 2006 official census, Bandhavgarh is home to many other mammals and birds.
Local guides accompany game drives in jeeps that are free to follow their own route around the park, using pugmarks and alarm calls as indicators of nearby predators.
Although spotting a tiger in the wild is undoubtedly the park’s key attraction, Bandhavgarh is also home to more than 22 species of mammals, such as chital, sambar, chinkara, chowsingha (four-horned antelope), wild boar, leopard and dhole. The abundant birdlife of more than 275 species includes hornbills, orioles, parakeets, peacocks and eagles.
Bandhavgarh is six hours by road from Kanha or Khajaraho, and there are overnight trains from Delhi/Agra to Umaria Station which lies one hour away by road (transfer times depend on road conditions). The park is closed during the breeding season, which coincides with the monsoon (July – mid October).
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