Bandhavgarh National Park holds both history and heritage within its lush green forests. The park derives its nme from one of the oldest forts in India, the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort, which as per legends, was where Shri Rama resided after his war with Ravana. The grounds around the fort were earlier used as hunting grounds by the Maharajas, before it was converted into a national park.
Other than the fort, the park holds some other sights with cultural significance. Among them is Shesh Shaiya, a 65-foot long idol of Lord Vishnu, placed horizontally on a seven-headed serpent and the Three Cave Point which has some beautiful carvings and is home to leopards, tigers and sloth bears.
A dry deciduous and tropical land along with its captivating landscapes, the national park is spread over 32 hills, cliffs, plateaus and meadows. The vegetation is specially filled with Sal forest in the valleys. The bamboo stretched on the lower slopes of the region have many species of wild creatures; there are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds in the area with common langurs and rhesus macaque representing the primate group.
Spread over an area of 1,536 km², the park is known for its highest density of tigers in the world. The core area of the park is spread over 100 square kilometers and is home to more than 50 tigers. Among their tiger population, Bandhavgarh was also the home to Sita, one of the most photographed tigresses in the world. Maharaja Pushpraj Singh, of the Royal Family of Rewa, calls Bandhavgarh the “best available home for the tiger.”
Other than the flourishing green forests and diversity in the animals, one can also explore the different varieties of bird species. The bird watching list includes the crested serpent eagle, olive backed pipit, green sand piper and the spotted owlet, among others.
Bandhavgarh National Park is ideal for tiger watching, bird watching and exploring grasslands filled with the wild and spots of heritage.