Special Places to Stay in Bandhavgarh
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Nature Heritage Resort ($$)
Nature Heritage Resort is a jungle lodge located in the lush, green and tranquil surroundings of Bandhavgarh National Park. There are 22 air-conditioned and elegantly furnished luxury cottages, each with its own personal verandah from which to enjoy the views.
Samode Safari Lodge ($$$)
With the creation of Samode Safari Lodge, the Samode family has entered into wildlife camps. Just like the Samode Palace is one of the finest heritage places in India, the Samode Safari lodge promises to be a very special jungle lodge.
Things to see and do in Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh National Park
The Bandhavgarh National Park is small and compact, yet full of game. The density of the tiger population here is the highest known in India. This is also home to the White Tiger. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years.
The park is closed during the monsoons from 1st July to 15th October. Please note that during the period that the park is open, no game rides are allowed on Wednesday afternoons.
The semi-deciduous forest of Bandhavgarh has a healthy population of tigers and other wildlife. Carnivores include the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard and of course, the Tiger. Sambhar, Nilgais and Barking Deer can be found here. Easy to spot also are the Indian Bisons, herds of which can be seen grazing in the meadows.
The vegetation along streams and marshes is rich in bird life. You can expect to see the Little Grebe, Egret, lesser Adjutant, Black Ibis, Lesser Whistling Teal, White-eyed Buzzard, Black Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Common Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Dove, Parakeets, Kingfishers and Indian Rollers.
The two main ways of getting around the park are by jeep or on elephant back, both accompanied by a trained naturalist.
Elephants are used every morning by the Forest Department for Tiger tracking. If a Tiger is found, then the elephant will take you directly to the Tiger either from the lodge or from a nearby point reached by jeep/car.
The Flora & Fauna
The forest of Bandhavgarh is moist deciduous, and the National Park holds all those animal species which are typical of this habitat in Central India. Certain areas of the park (particularly the south and the west) are drier in character, and hold such species as the Nilgai and the Chinkara.