Bandhavgarh National Park is a beautiful piece of nature located in Satpura Hill range of Umaria and Katni districts. Home to majestic Wild Tigers and lots of other herbivores, decked with visually appealing hills, valleys, rivers, meadows and marshes – it will fulfill your call for wild and give you the real taste of thrill and pleasure.
It is one of the best wildlife destinations to enjoy amazing wildlife holidays in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from wildlife spotting, it is a place which is historically very important. The story of Bandhavgarh dates back to 2000 years ago. It is said that Bandhavgarh Fort which is located in the wilderness of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve was gifted by Lord Rama to Lord Laxmana. Bandhavgarh means Brothers Fort (Bandhav- Brother Garh- Fort). You will be spellbound to know that Bandhavgarh is the first place of its kind to launch a Hot Air Balloon Safari for tourists. Scenically rich, its sights will definitely mesmerize your mind, body and soul.
The Baghel Museum in Bandhavgarh is the storehouse where all the personal belongings of Maharaja of Rewa are being kept intact for display. It is one of the best places to visit in Bandhavgarh. Tourists come here and explore the royal and jungle life of Bandhavgarh. Along with that the museum also displays the stuffed body of the first white tiger being spotted by the Maharaja of Rewa. Besides this, the museum also boasts ancient hunting equipment by the Maharajas along with some of the military equipment.
The museum is located 100 meters away from the reserve (park) and is famous for keeping the belongings of Shikargarh, or a game preserve that the tourists certainly want to discover at Bandhavgarh.
The timings to visit the Baghel Museum are:
10 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm.
Bandhavgarh Fort is the heart of Bandhavgarh reserve’s tourist attractions. You cannot miss it because if you do, you will regret it later. It is said that Bandhavgarh Fort is more than 2000 years old and it was built by Lord Rama. The testimony to this fact is in its name, Bandhavgarh. Bandhav means brother and garh means Fort. After defeating Ravana Lord Rama told Lord Lakshmana to take care of this fort and keep an eye on the movements in Lanka. Located in the hilltop in the wilderness of Bandhav Reserve, this fort witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties. Rulers like Maghas, Vakatakas, Sengars, Kalachuris, and Mughals and Baghels, the stories and glories of these royal dynasties would never fade. Today the fort is a home to many exotic birds and animals like bats, deers etc. The ruins of this once extraordinary fortress are lost in the folds of time but make sure you visit this place to revel in its historical charm.
One of the top tourist attractions to visit in Bandhavgarh, the Tala Village brings the total reflection of an Indian village which still brings the most ethnic way of living. There are many captivating glimpses a tourist can explore while spending a day at this village. The modest dwellings, the mud clustered houses, elders smoking hookahs sitting on a cot are such magnificent scenes that brings a standstill to the time. The lowest region of Bandhavgarh, the Tala Village brings many fascinating landscapes all around the location. Along with that while visiting the village the tourists can find different hotels and resorts for magnificent accommodations in the village. If you are in Bandhavgarh, you must visit this village as it is one of the best things to do for sightseeing in Bandhavgarh. The village trip will enrich your travel experience.
The Mahaman Pond is located near the Bandhavgarh Fort which is surrounded by bamboo clumps where large varieties of herding of wild creatures can be found. This place is called the “Place of Quench the Thirst” where the variety of herbivores and carnivores inhabiting the national park can be found. This nature’s delight will seduce your eyes and senses. You must visit this gorgeous pond to enjoy the best of Bandhavgarh Tourism.
This place is also known as the Pendanus Point where a lump of an aromatic plant called Kewra can be found amidst the supercilious jamun and arjun trees. It is undoubtedly a real floral treasure of Bandhavgarh Reserve. If you are the kind of person who finds delight in exotic floras then what are you waiting for, Kethika is the best tourist attraction in Bandhavgarh where you can soothe your eyes with amazing Kewra Plants.
It is one of the most popular tourist places in Bandhavgarh National Park that symbolizes nature’s beauty. This location brings an aerial view of the entire park and the forest in this location is filled with Sal and Bamboo trees. Along with that the place is also being flourished with some of the best and unique species of fauna like butea superba and bauhinia vahlii along with Sal trees. This is an ideal place for the tourists to take some rest and for peace of mind.
Your Bandhavgarh Tour would really be an enthralling experience as the area is filled with a number of scenic lakes and caves that really brings an outstanding view to the place. The Bari Gufa which means “The Giant Cave” showcases the ancient monument of the past. Undoubtedly it is one of the most ancient creations in Indian history. It is being believed that the Bari Gufa is the biggest man-made cave of the reserve dating back to the 10th century.
One of the most popular tourist points in Bandhavgarh National Park is the three cave points that can be easily visible from the Ganesh Hillock Road. This beautiful location has many beautiful carvings that typically signify the perfect blend of the architectural techniques that were prevalent in the ancient times. Today, this place is perfectly the ideal home for many wild animals including leopards, tigers and sloth bears.
It is a marshy meadow which can be viewed from the Bandhaini Hillock and is the origin of the river Dammer. The Rajbahera that brings the Bandhaini Hillock view along with the glances of works, vultures and herds of chital, samber and wild pigs is definitely an additional attraction of Bandhavgarh. The sights and sounds of this place would blow your heart away.
Shesh Shaya is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bandhavgarh which you must not miss. The Shesh Shaya is a marvelous 11-meter-long statue of Lord Vishnu in the lying position with an umbrella of “Shesh Nag ” along with the “Shivling” and the “Lord Brahma” are situated here. It is placed on the main entrance of the footpath, the way towards the Bandhavgarh Fort. The origin of the river “Charan Ganga ” inflows from the foot of “Lord Vishnu” and so the name is being derived from. The statue is believed to be an asset of the 10th century.
The Cheshpur Waterfall is a natural waterfall in River Johila, situated at a distance of 50 km from Bandhavgarh. It is an ideal location for the tourists to enjoy a picnic here. For solo backpackers and nature lovers, it’s quite an attractive sight to behold. The soothing waterfall and the mesmerizing views all around will overpower your senses completely.
It is the temple of the goddess Jwalamukhi situated on the bank of river “Charan Ganga”. About 11 km away from Bandhavgarh, this temple is also in the 10th century. You must visit this temple for self-introspection and divine blessings. There is one interesting fact about this temple. It is said that if a devotee prays sincerely, his or her wishes and desires will come true.
About 110 km away from Bandhavgarh, the Fossil National Park is named so since it brings all its floras in the fossil form that existed in India anywhere between 40 million and 150 million years ago. It is one of the best tourist attractions near Bandhavgarh National Park. This Park is being spread over an area of over 274,100 square meters. The fossil plants are found in three villages at the buffer area of the national park. The Standing, petrified trunks of trees have been categorized as Gymnosperms and Angiosperms- Monocotyledons and palms and some of them have also been identified as Bryophytes.
The archaeological team is still surveying the base of these fossil plants and is only considering whether they are from the late Jurassic or the early and mid-Cretaceous age. Since when the single landmass called Pangaea was collapsed, it was being split into Laurasia and Gondwanaland and India being a part of the Gondwanaland, the fossil plants are basically the molluscs. These fossils are 40 million years old and look like ordinary rocks.