Set among the Vindhya Hills in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh consists of 1161 square kilometers of area. Biologically very diverse tiger habitat because of the wide-range of landscape with numerous perennial river streams resulting into varied type of sustainable ecosystems with the result this area has highest density of wild tigers in the world.
The vegetation of the park is dry deciduous. About half of the park is covered with sal trees. There are mixed forests in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of Bamboo and grasslands extend to the north of the park. Grassy meadow patches occur in the valley and along the nalas. The park sustains all those species which are typical to Central India .
The most fascinating and most popular excursion from the national park is to the Bandhavgarh fort at the parks center, 1000 feet above the surrounding countryside and a 35-feet statue of the reclining Vishnu, resting beside a rectangular pool of spring water. This fort is in ruins now but the strong high walls of the fort tell a saga of valour and splendour. The fort blends with the wilds of the park and has become a part of the park. No one knows when the fort was constructed but scripts as old as Shiv Purana have mentioned the fort which is believed to be almost 2000 years old.
The park in itself is historically very important. The signs of early habitation can be seen in the caves excavated from the cliffs to the north of the fort.Brahmi inscriptions here date back to the 1st century BC.
Mammals more than 37 species: Spotted, Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai (blue bull) biggest antelope, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Tiger, Jungle Cat etc. Common Langurs and Rhesus Macaque represent the primate group.
Birds 250 species of birds, including Blue-bearded Bee-eaters, White-browed fantails, Vultures, Eagles, Rollers, Peafowl and the Malabar hornbill etc.
Reptiles include Cobra, Krait, Viper, python, Turtle and a number of lizard species, including Varanus.
Mode of Safaris:
1) We will observe the wildlife from 4X4 wheel driven open Suzuki Jeeps.
2) Elephant back- Seeing these rare and majestic large cats in their natural habitat is truly an unforgettable wildlife experience and boarding elephant is easy, and the cushioned platforms are very comfortable.