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Bandhavgarh Fort and National Park – An Amazing Destination for Nature Lovers

Synopsis on Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh gets its name from the small hillock which, according to legend was given by Lord Ram to his brother Laxman. In Sanskrit the word means brother’s fort which is why the place came to be known as such. Located in the Urmia district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is famous for its ancient fort and national park which attract tourists and nature lovers in large numbers from all parts of the world.

Important places of attraction in Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh National Park: The Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in the Vindhya Hills and covers an area of 105 sq. kms. This former hunting place of the Maharaja of Rewa was given the status of a National Park in 1968. The park is primarily famous for its high density of tiger population along with the great number of leopards that are bred here. In addition the park also houses different species of animals which make a visit to the park extremely enjoyable and thrilling. It is also the only park in India where white tigers have been spotted, even though such an occurrence is extremely rare.
 The mesmerizing topography and the breathtaking environment of the park, make this place a true haven for nature lovers. Visitors can choose to explore the park in a private four wheeler or they can opt for elephant safari or jeep safari, which not only enable them to view the wildlife with an entirely different perspective but can also prove to be quite adventurous and thrilling.

Bandhavgarh Fort: The Bandhavgarh, located in the centre of the National Park is an ancient structure of great prominence. Even though there are no specific records or details available about its time of construction, ancient scriptures set its time of construction to be around 2000 years back. It is believed that the fort was built by Lord Rama, who left it under the charge of his brother Laxman to keep an eye on Lanka, after the brothers returned from their exile. It is also believed that it is since that time that Laxman came to be worshipped in the region under the name of Bandhavdish.
Much later, the fort is believed to have been a significant trading point for merchants from Kaushambi and Bharhut. The fort still has some statues that depict Lord Vishnu in various avatars (reincarnations). There is also a suicide point in the fort from where it is possible to see vultures in flight, though that might not happen quite often.

Kanha National Park: If you Move on another 255 Km from, there is another national park located of Madhya Pradesh named Kanha National Park. Here you will get to see the Barasingha and Swamp Deer. The park is the shape of digit 8. This park is also known for Tiger conservation.

Panna National Park: Another popular Tiger reservation center in Madhya Pradesh located at a distance of 196 kms from Bandhavgarh National Park is Panna National Park. Tourist in large number visits this national park as the same is located at a close proximity to Khajurao temple.


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