Latest news about Bandhavgarh National Park :
Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has decided that National parks will be re-opend as per their previous schedlule, hence National Parks in Madhya Pradesh will be reopened for tourists on 1st October, 2008 positively!
About Bandhavgarh National Park :
Situated in the heart of in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh state of India, Bandhavgarh is a place of joy for the wildlife & Nature lovers. With core area of 105 sq. Kms & buffer area of 448 Sq. Kms Bandhavgarh is spread across the Vindhya hills. Before being developed as a National park, the forest around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a hunting ground. Bandhavgarh is full of Biodiversity. Topography seen here comprises steep ridges, deciduous forest & open meadows. Swampy meadows are also found in some places & are locally known as "bohera".
Bandhavgarh National Park 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.
The magnificent Bandhavgarh Hill, from which the national park gets its name, is situated in the center of the park, and is surrounded with sloping hills that end in small swampy meadows. There are 32 beautiful hills surrounding the Tiger Reserve. There's the 14th century Bandhavgarh Fort also inside the park which much adds to the park's appeal.
Apart from the pride of Bandhavgarh, the Royal Bengal Tigers, the Sal and bamboo trees dominated national park has several types of animals that include Sloth Bear, Leopard,
Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Gaur (Indian Bison), and Black Faced Langur. For the bird watchers, Bandhavgarh has Owls, Minivets, Steppe Eagles, Black Stork, White Bellied Dronges, and Parakeets.