If you are an animal lover and love jungles, spending your vacation in a National Park will be ideal. Among various national parks in India, the one that stands out among the others with its dense population of Royal Bengal Tiger is the Bandhavgarh National Park. Located in Madhya Pradesh, the park is teeming with a wide range of flora and fauna. Apart from this, the park boast of excellent accommodation options starting from luxurious to the budget category. The park stretches for 694 sq.km and is divided into 3 zones Tala, Khitauli & Magadhi.
Bandhavgarh has a combination of different soil and land-forms, which makes the place rich with a diversity of flora. As the region mostly remains moist, it has Southern Tropical Moist Deciduous Forest, Moist Peninsular Sal Forest, and Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest. The park boasts of 50 aquatic plant species, 600 flowering plant species, and 18 rare plant species. The trees that you will find here are:
You will find Sal Tree in large numbers in this reserve. It grows slowly and moderately and its wood is used for making railway sleepers and furniture. The paste emanating from its stem is used in marine yards and shoe polish.
Mahua Trees are also found in large numbers here. Oil from its seeds is widely used in the soap industry. Its flowers are rich in sugar, vitamins, and calcium for animals and birds. The flowers are useful in brewing alcohol.
Palash Trees are known for vivid orange flowers that are used for making ink and dye.
You will also find Banyan Tree and Stone Apple in this park in good numbers.
The park is teeming with a wide variety of species. Let’s have a look at some of them below:
The park is known primarily for its tiger population. Yes, Royal Bengal Tigers are found in huge numbers here. They are the apex predator in this part of the world. They are the heart and soul of the park.
You will also spot the solitary and elegant Leopards while you visit this park. Leopards are smaller than Tigers and mostly diet on smaller prey like Chital Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, and other smaller mammals.
Sambars are the largest deer in Asia and thrive at Bandhavgarh. They can grow up to 350 Kg and are the favorite prey of Tigers.
If you visit Bandhavgarh, you will find a bear species here. Sloth Bear is common here. It mainly feeds on vegetation, fruits, and honey.
The park boasts of a variety of deer species. The Barking Deer like the Sambar is found in good numbers here. This deer sounds like a barking dog when it raises any alarm while under threat. They can also camouflage nicely in the bushes to avoid predation.
Chital or Spotted deer is another deer species found in plenty in this park. Females give birth in winters. Chitals are prey species and depend on agility and speed to avoid predators like Tigers and Leopards.
You will also spot Langurs easily in this park. Langurs are common in rural areas and the jungles.
Bandhavgarh is also home to Indian Wild Dogs or Dhole. This is a vicious and ferocious predator that eats its prey alive by disemboweling it.
Thus, Bandhavgarh has a wild arrange of Flora and Fauna and aptly one of the most visited national parks in India. It is always an enjoyable and memorable experience for wildlife enthusiasts and animal lovers who visit this park. So, why waiting? Pack your bags and come to Bandhavgarh!