Amidst dense canopy of Bandhavgarh forests lives the World’s most magnificent animal the tiger. Situated in the District of Umaria in Madhya Pradesh BTR is the best place to see tiger in the wild.
The tiger reserve is now under the aegis of Project Tiger India and has an area of 1161 sq. km with core zone being 624 sq. km Bandhavgarh is pristine and highly picturesque wildlife heaven. The characteristic flat-topped hillocks and steep valleys accord the park a unique landscape. The tigers rule this little kingdom and they survive in impressive numbers. The high population density makes this little tiger heaven the most visited tiger park in the world.
The tiger safari is a panoramic delight and offers exciting wildlife sightings. As you proceed further the bounty of this magnificent paradise unfolds. In this preserve a leopard is a bigger surprise than the tiger. The big cats abound and can be seen in one safari package of three nights. Spotted deer and sambar are common so is the Hanuman langur and the macaque. Other animals seen are Nilgai, sloth bear, chinkara, dhole, wild boar, barking deer and at times the four horned deer on the plateau. BTR has about 250 avian species including the migrants. The bio diversity overwhelms by its floral and faunal richness. Innumerable number of insects, butterflies, reptiles and mammals survive in this tiger conservation center.
Right from prehistoric times Bandhavgarh has been the abode of many civilizations. The scattered ruins, temples, caves, Bandhavgarh Fort and Sesh Shaiyya all stand as testimony to human presence. Best time to visit the park is in winters but wildlife sightings increase during the hot months of summer. The summer months are ideal for photography as the light stays longer and animals congregate everywhere.