Bandhavgarh National Park
Located in the north-central province of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of India's largest national parks, and a popular destination for foreign visitors and domestic tourists alike. Stretched over dense forests, river valleys, and tall grassland, Bandhavgarh National Park is home to 250 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies, and several large cats, among them a large population of Bengal tigers and Asian leopards. Interestingly enough, Bandhavgarh National Park also contains several historical ruins, namely statues and former castles from more chaotic times.
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Visit the Baghel Museum, a repository of the possessions of the King of Rewa. Bandhavgarh National Park was once his personal hunting grounds, and within the museum are some interesting possessions, including the stuffed body of a white tiger.
Situated on a hill rising 2,661 feet (811 meters) above sea level, Bandhavgarh Fort may date back almost two millennia. For centuries, the fort has changed hands between various dynasties; now, while it is still owned by the Maharaja of Rewa, a nearby ruler, it remains abandoned, its only inhabitants a small population of vultures.
For a stunning view of the surrounding national park, hike up Climber's Point.
Observe the park's numerous tigers from atop the back of an elephant. Your guides, as well as the elephant's mahouts, or handlers, will travel with you to ensure your safety in this up-close experience.
Mandla Plant Fossils National Park
Located about 60 miles (96 kilometers) from Bandhavgarh, this park contains plant fossils that might be as old as 150 million years. Once thought to be part of a deep ocean, Mandla's most common fossils are those of mollusks, some of which are almost 40 million years old.
Tigers and other Wildlife
A popular saying about Bandhavgarh goes, “In any other park, you are lucky if you see a tiger; in Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don’t see at least one.” Due to the dense tiger population, tiger sightings are so frequent here that some of the tigers within the park, namely a female named Seeta, gained fame for being the most photographed tiger in the world.
In addition to Bandhavgarh's big cats, see and photograph barking deer, sambar, nilgai, Indian wolf, hyena and gaur, or Indian bison, recently reintroduced into the park.
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Bandhavgarh National Park Itineraries
The trip takes intrepid travelers through India's expansive central state of Madhya Pradesh. Over the course of 11 days, you will have the opportunity to explore three of the state’s major parks. Along the way, visit some of Madhya Pradesh's historical palaces and temples.
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $7,600
Escape into the wilds of India’s safaris on an exciting 13-day adventure through Panna, Bandhavgarh, and Kanha National Parks, where you’ll search for the mighty, elusive Bengal Tiger. You’ll explore ancient forts, hike to majestic viewpoints, and interact with exotic animals while staying in luxury hotels.
- 13 days / 12 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $12,500
Search for the elusive and majestic Bengal Tiger on this thrilling 11-day luxury private jet journey. You’ll fly in comfort and style between India’s most famous national parks, Ranthambhore, Khana, and Bandhavgarh, riding safaris and birdwatching, while sleeping in some of India’s most luxurious hotels.
- 11 days / 10 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $33,700
Outside the wild confines of Bandhavgarh lies the Taj Mahua Kothi Lodge. Spread over forty acres and built on the site of a former tented camp once used by aristocracy and the British colonial elite, Mahua features twelve cottages, called kutiyas, or shelters in Hindi. Each of the cottages features fireplaces, large windows, handmade pottery, locally-sourced textiles, all-natural soaps, creams, and lotions from Jiva Spa, plush beds, air-conditioning, in-room safes, en suite bathrooms, and tasteful, locally-inspired designs. Meals at Mahua Kothi are served rather informally; breakfasts are eaten either on the road, or in Mahua Kothi’s vegetable garden; lunch can be had by the pool, during the safari, or under the shade of the nearby trees; and dinners, featuring roasts, thalis, or assortments of small dishes, are enjoyed under the stars and accompanied by performances. Amenities include a full-service spa offering Ayurvedic and western treatments, a swimming pool, a library, and yoga lessons. Mahua Kothi lies a scenic, five-hour drive from Khajuraho’s airport.
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