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BANDHAVGARH

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve Bandhavgarh is situated at 225 km from Khajuraho and 195 km from Jabalpur. The Bandhavgarh National Park is a leading wildlife reserve in the Vindhya ranges. It has almost the same number of tigers and leopards, atleast as per official figure. The reserve also has large numer of medium-sized bison herds. Bandhavgarh was established in 1968 with a core area of 105 sq km. This was later extended to the two adjoining sal forests in 1986. It was the initially a game reserve of the Maharajas of Rewa.

Bandhavgarh claims of the highest density of tigers among all tiger reserves in India. It is the original home to the white (albino) tiger, though it has long become extinct here. Bandhavgarh is also known for sloth bear, chital, sambar, muntjac, chinkara, nilgai, and wild pigs. There are also some cave shrines dotted around the park, with inscriptions dating to first century B.C. The Bandhavgarh fort here is believed to be 2,000 years old.

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Flora - Bandhavgarh Flora
The flora of Bandhavgarh, typical of moist, deciduous forest, is common to Central India. Covered mostly with rich sal (Shorea robusta) forests, mixed forests comprising of sali, saja, saj, etc are found at high altitude.
Fauna - BandhavgarhFauna
The park boasts of a wide range of aminals. Apart from the tiger (Panthera tigris), and leopard (P. pardus), , gaur (Bos gaurus), sambar (Cervus unicolor), sloth bear (Melursus ursinus) chital (Axis axis), nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus), muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), chinkara (Gazella gazella), and wild boar (Sus scrofa). The gaur is spotted mainly in spring season, while the muntjac and sambar are found in thick vegetation area. As per 1990 census, the park accounted for 59 tigers, over 7,000 spotted deer, and over 4,500 sambars. The tigers, however, remain very obscure. Woodland birds like green pigeon, variable hawk eagle, and crested serpent eagle. One may also come across rhesus macaque, porcupine, hyenas, Steppe eagle, white-browed fantails, green pigeons, blue-bearded bee-eater, Malabar hornbills, white-bellied grongo, blossom-headed parakeets, and Jerdon\'s leaf birds.
Bandhavgarh Fort - BandhavgarhBandhavgarh Fort
The Bandhavgarh Fort, located inside the park, was constructed by the Maharajas of Rewa. At an altitude of 800 m above the nearby countryside, the fort gives a panoramic view of the wildlife reserve. Charganga, a stream, flows beside the fort. On a trip to the fort, statues and temples and a 10th-century rock figurine of Lord Vishnu is visible. The fort's vicinity is known for its population of blackbucks and Crag martins.
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