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Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

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Located on the eastern end of the Satpura range of hills and forests, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is known to have the maximum tiger density. Many tigers have died in the last 20 years, and 50% of these deaths were due to poaching, electrocution, vehicle accidents, and revenge by villagers. But to the credit of the park officials and guards, the tiger population has risen, and the number of unnatural deaths has reduced. The tiger population stands at around an impressive tally of 52 (estimated) as of 2021. The place has historic rumblings evident from the ruined fort seen within the park. Recent excavations have unearthed elements that prove human habitation from 2000 years ago. Bandhavgarh was ruled successively for over a century by different dynasties, and the fort stands as a proof of the glorious past. Declared a National Park in 1968, it became a Tiger Reserve in 1993, and the core area is around 700 square kilometres. It is often said that ‘at other tiger reserves, if you are lucky, you’ll spot a tiger, but at Bandhavgarh, if you do not spot a tiger, you are unlucky’. That’s the fame of Bandhavgarh and its tiger density.
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Nearby Places to See

Reclining Vishnu
Also known as Shesha Shaya, this attractive idol of Vishnu sculpted in the sleeping position beside a pond is one of the major attractions of the park. It indicates a culturally rich society that lived here. The sculpture is dated to the 10th century. There is an ancient temple of Lakshman nearby.
Reclining Vishnu
Badi Gufa
Badi Gufa is an ancient cave located inside the tiger reserve that dates back to the medieval period. It was used as a shelter for the army.
Three Caves
Baghel Museum
Located near the park, the museum holds the personal items of the Maharaja of Rewa. Weapons and other personal belongings of the rulers are seen. The first white tiger killed in Bandhavgarh Park in 1951, is stuffed and immortalised here.
Fort
The large fort, built in a strategic location, is a good place to visit and feel the glory days of the fort. The fort is in the core area of the park. The visit to the fort depends on the rules set by the TR authorities.
Fort
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