Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park ranks in the top 3 highest tiger
sighting spots in the world. It also boasts of the highest tiger density in the
tourism department as compared to the other tiger reserves of India. It is a
paradise for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.
Located amidst the Vindhya hill range, the park has a number
of ridges running through it. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges,
running roughly east-west, scattered with grassy swamps and forested valleys.
Bandhavgarh is extremely rich in its flora and fauna. Apart from the tiger, its
main attraction, other predators also roam these jungles. Leopards are shy creatures
and thus not seen easily. Omnivorous sloth bears as well as wild boars are also
big attractions. The hunted species of spotted deer or chital, sambar, barking deer,
nilgai, chowshinga, Rhesus Macaque and Hanuman Langur are also found here. The scavengers
like stripped Hyena and Jackal are some additional sights to behold. Palm
Civet, Ruddy and Common Mongoose, Three Stripped Squirrel and many species of
bats are Bandhavgarh's pride.
Bandhavgarh National Park is very rich in birdlife and is
considered heaven for birdwatchers. Many migratory and resident birds are found
here. There is a total of 250 plus species of birds that have been recorded in
this park. Prey birds like Changeable Hawk Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle,
Migratory Steppe Eagle are some common sights. The other birds spotted here are
Sarus Crane, Whistling Teal, Ibis, Kingfishers (Egyptian, Long-billed, White-rumped),
Red headed Vulture, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Lesser Adjutant, Paradise
Flycatcher, Brown Shrike, etc.
There is a wide range of mammals to marvel at, some of which
are as under:
Tiger, Rhesus Macaque, Hanuman Langur, Spotted Deer or
Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hyena, Jackal, Mouse Deer, Wolf, Toddy Cat, Small
Indian Civet, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Leopard cat, Grey and Ruddy
Mongoose, Four Horned Antelope, Nilgai, Wild Pig, Indian Porcupine, Indian
Pangolin, Fruit Bat, Flying Fox, Flying Squirrel, etc.