Bandhavgarh in MadhyaPradesh was erstwhile shikargarh or hunting ground of the Maharajas of Rewa.After one of the maharajas discovered a white tiger there said to be the first spotted in the world -the forest came to be christened as white tiger country.This park has highest density of tigers in the world,so spotting them is rather easy despite the grassland.Infact the thick vegetation gives Bandhavgarh the look of real forest unlike some other wildlife sanctuaries that are barren and dry.One can even take an elephant ride to get clsoe to a tiger.Infact traversing the park on the elephant’s back makes for real adventure unavailable at other sanctuaries.Two hundred and fifty species of birds and 22 species of animals also live here with the wild boar,Asiatic jackal and Bengal fox easy to spot.Situated in the outlying hills of the Vindhya range the national park has a huge reclining figure of Vishnu below a falling spring that is cut out of rocks.There are ruins of ancient courts and stables around and one fort that dominates the park even finds mention in the Shiva Purana dating almost back to 2000 years. A major advantage of atrip to the Bandhavgarh National Park is that it can be grouped with a visit to Khajuraho,a drive of five hours from here.Other national parks like Kanha and tourist areas like Jaipur are just an overnight train ride away.
How to Reach
Air: The nearest airports are at Jabalpur,185 km away and Khajuraho 237 km away
Rail: The nearest stations are at Umaria,33km away and at Satna,120 km away
Road: Bandhavgarh is well connected to Jabalpur.
Where to Stay
If you need luxury accommodation,there is Bandhav Vilas and Taj Group run Mahua Kothi
If you need budget accommodation look at the state-run White Tiger Resort