Bandhavgarh National Park
The best pleasures sometimes are found in the most secluded areas of India. The Bandhavgarh National Park is one such lovely locale in the pristine locales of Madhya Pradesh. Come into this land of verdant expanses and lovely surroundings and get enchanted by the beauty of the place. Spanning an area of around 105 square kilometers the entire topography lends beauty to the eye and is an ideal getaway spot for all those who want to enjoy nature at its best. This is the place which is best known for its Royal Bengal Tiger. This is the area with the largest density of tiger population.
When I went into this land of virgin expanse I was completely taken in by the ambience and the beauty of the entire region. This is was a place which was earlier a hunting reserve for the royal families who used to live her. Today it is a major attraction for wildlife. Discovered with white tigers some years back, the Rewa region today is the major highlight of the entire place. The broken terrain and the majestically rocky hill ranges dot the entire area from east to west, with swampy lands and valleys full of forests traversing the entire place.
Today one of the finest wildlife zones in this part of North India, this is one place that has the highest concentration of tigers per unity in this forest area. The swampy meadows here are called the “bohra”. This place was declared a National Park in the year 1968 and there have been many steps to retain the glory and greenery of this area from then.
A totally natural habitat that hasnâ€™t been spoilt for so many years, there is a diversity of flora and fauna here that makes it so famous and popular. When we went there, it was quite a treat for me to catch so many wild animals on camera, and it was fun catching them on my frames. The camera I had brought along was the right one and it was easier to enjoy the vagaries of nature so easily. The gaur, the leopard, the wild bor, the leopard, the porcupine, the spotted deer, the sambar and of course the tiger are so much a part of the wildlife here.
With the majestic background of the Vindhyas the entire zone is full of beautiful meadows and lovely ranges. The simple ambience and the beauty that it exuded, lent us lot of travel delight. Rising to a height of around 811 metres above the sea level, the entire area looked resplendent in the green canopy it seemed to create.
My friend Rohan who was an avid bird watcher also enjoyed coming with me and getting the pleasures of the best forms of bird watching. The avifauna here was enviable and this included the green pigeons, the black and white hornbill, the browed fantails, the blossom headed parakeets, the steppe eagles, the blue bearded bee eaters, the green bee eaters, the Jerdon’s , the white bellied drongoes, the gold fronted leaf birds, the minivets, the lovely paradise flycatchers, the woodshrikes and many other varieties.
The Bandhavgarh National Park has been named after the Bandhavgarh hill which forms a major landscape here and rises up to form the majestic structure. This lies in the middle of the region and has the Vindhya and the Satpura ranges on either side. Lying in the Jabalpur and Shahdol districts, this is a lovely paradise for all nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. There are more than 32 hills here that are covered with a vegetation of around dhobin and sal trees as also the bamboo groves, and the other kind of grasses that so make the entire region look like a green carpet. These are the trees that make up the forest area here and provide the ideal habitat for the tigers that are the main attraction here. As much as you can find herbivores here, you also get equal number of carnivores here thus making it an animal lover’s haven.
Look at the woody climbers and the lianas that grow here in plenty and give rise to the kind of diversity that is so much a part of this place here. Then you have the saja with the crocodile bark like trees which are unique and particular to this place. The clear long bole of this tree also is the one that gives good timber.
Then we saw the jamun tree which is greatly inhabited by the animals and the birds. The fruits of this tree are tasty and the wild animals feed on them. These include the fruit bat and the chital and the langur. Then the honey that is produced from the jamun flower has great medicinal properties. Besides the wood of the jamun tree is a good water retainer.
As we made our way across the forest, we realized the true value of the blessings of Mother Nature and could identify with the thrill and excitement that others normally have when they come to such regions.
The Bandhavgarh National Park is thus not only a sight seeing spot but also a greatly useful region in all ways. Visit this park and find yourself surrounded with beauty personified and charm expressed the best possible way.