Tourism in Bandhavgarh National Park

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Read an article on tourism at Bandhavgarh National Park situated near the center of India. Discover tigers and wilderness of this quaint little paradise on earth....

Bandhavgarh Tourism

Ensconced in remote corner of Madhya Pradesh is Bandhavgarh National Park. The park is famous for Bengal tigers and enchanting mammals. The buck does not stop here for Bandhavgarh is home to amazing diverse life forms. The diversity survives in an ecosystem nurtured and preserved through the ravages of brutal history. A history of death and destruction of natural lands in India.

The forests were preserved for selfish reasons for the Maharajahs and Rulers to hunt. There was no conservation initiative nevertheless most of the protected areas exists because of this prerogative. Bandhavgarh was one such protected area that survived because of proclivity.

The protection received in post independence era after the legislation provided succor. The ecosystem revived albeit limited but provided enough for a handful tigers and wildlife to survive. The forests bloomed in their fullness once again.

People learned to shoot with the camera rather than the gun and gradually tourism creeped in. This was a wonderful change for apart from highlighting biodiversity to citizens it also augured income for the beleaguered locals. Unfortunately urbanity also crept in albeit slowly but access to education and healthcare also took a ride. This resulted in empowerment of the local populace predominately tribal.

With increasing tourism demand for accommodation began to increase. This resulted in hotels being built as Government accommodation was not enough. Though sluggish in the eighties tourism picked up in the late nineties. This was augured by films made on tigers of Bandhavgarh by major producers.

Park excursions were regulated but not so much as at the contemporary time. This was because less tourists visited the tiger park. As tourism peaked International tourists started arriving in large number to see the majestic tiger. This highlighted the tiger in the International circuit and the other animals like the gaur, wild dog, sambar, sloth bear and the leopard.

The little paradise boasts of ancient ruins which offer delightful experience while on tiger safari. Fort, caves, stables, temples, idols, arches can be seen while on excursion. The preserve is one of the most picturesque and exotic destination in India.

Tourism picked up in the late nineties inviting many entrepreneurs to establish hotels in Bandhavgarh. Slow in the beginning the it was bolstered by popular wildlife films on the National Park. This was a blessing in disguise for the locals whose income rose steadily. Many were empowered by education and training brought about by the hotel industry in particular and tourism in general.

Bandhavgarh is a tiger reserve under the aegis of Project Tiger and NTCA. Hence being a conservation unit it benefits from funds, research and close co-operation with higher authorities.

The protection accorded has resulted in increase in tiger numbers and that of other animals. Hence the destination is now frequented not only by holiday makers but by wildlife lovers and photographers/filmmakers alike.

The number of visitors have steadily increased resulting in establishment of many hotels and resorts for accommodation in Bandhavgarh National Park. The park although located in the remote access of Madhya Pradesh or Central India is well connected. The main route if via Jabalpur Airport about 170 km by road. The park cane be reached via Satna and Katni as well which are nearby. The rail and road connectivity makes it easy to reach.

Badhavgarh in Pictures

Male Tiger At Bandhavgarh ....Photograph by Mr.Gagan Gahlot. Called Bhim it is one of the biggest tigers in the park.

Wildlife Pictures

The sloth bear is an elusive and shy animals. With great luck one can sight it on park safari. The photograph has been taken by Mr.Gangan Gahlot.


Accommodation, Bandhavgarh, Safari, Tigers, Tourism, Wildlife

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
27th Jul 2015 (#)

A wonderful, informative article. It's well scripted. If you send it to the Tourism Dept, they may use it for one of their brouchers. However, one minor point. The buck doesn't stop there- is not in the correct context.

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author avatar pateluday
28th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks GV Rama Rao

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