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Bandhavgarh

 

Bandhavgarh National Park situated in central India in Umaria district is one of the most popular national parks famous for Tigers and other rare species of Wildlife. Once the empire of Maharaja of Rewa who captured white Tiger in 1951, today it is one of the protected Wildlife Park. The park has a care area of 105 sq km spread over in the forest division of Katna and Umaria which totals up 437 sq km of area. This park has a large biodiversity. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has a large breeding population of Leopards, and various species of deer. An ancient Fort is situated right in the heart of the national park which was once a hunting lodge and palace of the Maharaja of Rewa.

Area
 437 Sq. Km.
Population
 Scattered villages in the vicinity of park with    population of around 10,000
Altitude
 800 m (2624 ft)
STD Code
 07627
Rain Fall
 1374 mm (mostly between July to September)
Location
 23°30′N 80°15′E / 23.5°N 80.25°
Climate:
Moderate climate with variance during summer and winter.October, November and March records low of 25C and high of 35C. December-February are winter months with low of 2C and high of 18C. April to June are hot months when temperature remains between 35-45C on the higherside.
Important Tourist sites/species :
An ancient fort up on a precipice 800 metres high, dominates the Park. Bandhavgarh’s history goes back 2000 years in time and the earliest signs of habitation can be seen in the caves excavated from the cliffs to the north of the fort. Tiger is the main attraction of this park which is spotted commonly by every tourist spending 3-4 nights. Other inhabitants of the park are muntjac, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the rhesus macaque and the black-faced langur, nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, fox and jackal. About 150 species of birds are also found here and include the migratory birds that arrive in winter like the steppe eagle and various water-birds.
General :
Park remains closed from 1st July to 15th October every year during monsoon. Post monsoon, it takes over a month for the park authorities for maintenance before park is open for tourists from 16th October every year.
Travel :
By Air :
Jabalpur which lies at a distance of 170 km is the nearest airport. Nagpur airport is at a distance of 260 km. There are daily flights from Delhi to Jabalpur, Nagpur, Other cities connect Nagpur are Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, Indore and Pune.
By Train :
Umaria is the nearest railway station at a distance of 35 km which is connected with Delhi, Agra, Mumbai and several other major cities. Katni is 90 km from Park which also has train connection from Delhi, Agra, Sawai Madhopur, Mumbai and several other places.
By Road,
Jabalpur (160 km), Nagpur (255 km), Katni (90 km), Kanha (250 km), Khajuraho (250 km)

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