The Bandhavgarh Fort is believed to be one of the oldest forts in India and is more than 2000 years old, even though there is no historical document or record to support this fact. The majestic fort lying in the heart of the forest makes for a trek that isn’t worth missing. The view from the same is also extremely picturesque. Although prior permission is required from the park authorities to visit the fort, it can be safely said that no trip to Bandhavgarh is complete without a visit to the fort. Apart from the rich cultural history of the fort, one also feels close to wildlife as animals can be spotted from here.
Gopalpur is that portion of the park which is considered to be a bird watcher’s paradise. It is a marshy area in the north-eastern region of the park. Hundreds of birds can be spotted here at any given time. Binoculars and cameras are a must!
There are about 39 caves in the Bandhavgarh National Park, some of which date back to first century A.D. Many of these caves have inscriptions in Brahmi script and some have drawings of animals and other figures symbolizing primitive life. The biggest cave here is Badi Gufa which was built sometime around 10th century A.D. The cave is spacious and is strategically located being visible from the fort.
This pond is a resting place for most of the animals at Bandhavgarh, thereby making it an ideal place for sightings.
This is a rock which arches over resembling a bridge. It is named after the famous tigress, Sita and is also in accordance with the mythological tales of Ramayana as it is believed to resemble the wedding ground of Lord Rama’s wife, Sita.
Visit Bandhavgarh National Park if you want to experience how rich nature is. This national park has very rich flora and fauna.
In the Bandhavgarh National Park, wildlife can be spotted in primarily two ways – the jeep safari and the elephant safari. The jeep safari is usually conducted from the early morning hours till the evening and a forest department guide is present during these. The timings for the safari varies according to the time of the year. It is recommended that one books the safari 90 days before the date of travel as during peak seasons, safaris may be overbooked. On the other hand, the elephant safari is conducted in the early morning hours and is recommended for tiger spotting. Prior booking is not required for elephant safaris. These safaris are really adventurous.
For those looking for an escape from daily life, Bandhavgarh also provides peace and serenity. There are various resorts which focus on catering to those who are in need of a break.