Taking a ‘Tiger Safari in India’ is an exhilarating experience. To fully enjoy and experience the nature, visitor needs to be extremely sensitive to his surrounding and display a large measure of patience and self-discipline.
India is blessed with a large diversity of wildlife. This is because of the variation in climate and topography of the sub-continent. One of the famous national parks in India is Bandhavgarh National Park.
Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. This park was declared as a national park in 1968, with an area of 105 square km. the park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which is said to be given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka and hence the name Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh National Park is a park with rich historical past. Prior to becoming a national park, the forest around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve, of the Maharajas and their guests.
Bandhavgarh has the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world, and is home to some famous named individual tigers. Charger, an animal so named because of his habit of charging at elephants and tourists, was the first healthy male known to be living in Bandhavgarh since the 1990s. a female named as Sita, who once appeared on the cover of National Geographic and is considered the most photographed tiger in the world was also to be found in bandhavgarh for many years. Almost all the tigers of Bandhavgarh today are descendants of Sita and Charger.
Bandhavgarh National Park Safari showcases the unspoilt natural habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. These include gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer, among others.
Babdhavgarh National Park is a jungle consisting mainly of sal trees. It is only in the slightly higher reaches that it changes to more mixed vegetation of Sali, saj , saja, dhobin etc. in the northern region of the park, there are vast stretches of grasslands and bamboo forests.
This park has been divided into three major zones named as Tala, Magdi and Mamera out of which the Tala zone attracts major number of tourists by offering the tiger sighting opportunities. The park authorities are also focusing on the Magdi zone by providing more opportunity to spot tigers. Elephants shows are also organized in Magdi zone of the Bandhavgarh national park to increase the chances of spotting the elusive king of the jungle.