Bandhavgarh National Park
Located in the Vindhya Hills of the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India, Bandhavgarh National Park is a well-known natural sanctuary for Bengal tigers and the most popular national park in India. The tiger population at Bandhavgarh National Park is the highest in India. Bandhavgarh was previously a hunting preserve for the Maharaja of Rewa, but became a national park in 1968. The first white tiger was captured in Rewa in 1951.
You can delight in exploring the rich flora and fauna of Bandhavgarh National Park by jeep safari or by elephant safari. The jeep safari takes the visitor along the dirt roads of the park whereas the visitor can ride an elephant back into parts of the national park that cannot be reached by jeep. The visitor is always accompanied by a forest guide when exploring the national park and the guide helps you locate the wildlife that you want to observe. During the monsoon season, from July to November, the park is closed.
The opportunity to see a tiger roaming free in the wild is the biggest draw of Bandhavgarh National Park. The park, however, offers many other wildlife. Bandhavgarh National Park is home to nearly 40 species of mammals, including Common Langur (Semnopithecus spp.), Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta), Asiatic Jackal (Canis aureus), Bengal Fox (Vulpes bengalensis, Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus), Ratel, Gray Mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii), Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyaena), Indian Wolf (Canis lupus indica), Jungle Cat (Felis chaus), Leopard (Panthera pardus), Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris), Indian wild boar (Sus scrofa), Spotted Deer (Axis axis), Sambar (Rusa unicolor), Barking Deer (Muntiacus muntjak), Chausingha (Tetracerus quadricornis), Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus), Chinkara (Gazellae bennettii), Gau Gaur (Bos gaurus), Dhole (Cuon alpinus), Small Indian Civet (Viverricula indica), Palm Squirrel (Funambulus spp.) , Indian porcupine (Hystrix indica), and Lesser Bandicoot Rat (Bandicota bengalensis). There are also nearly 250 species of birds in Bandhavgarh National Park. Birds of Bandhavgarh National Park – Checklist