Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh used to be the hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa, though
its history goes back two millennia. In caves you can still see paintings
by the ancients. It is a retreat where history and nature meet.
Covering about 450 sq km, about half the park comprises sal forests, while
mixed forests are found in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of
bamboo and grasslands extend to the north. The main viewing area is still
in the core of the Park with its 32 picturesque, wooded hills. An ancient
fort up on a precipice, 800 metres high, dominates the Park.
This is where the famous white tigers of Rewa were discovered. Also to be
seen here are nilgai, chousingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, foxes, jackals,
the jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, the rhesus macaque and the black-faced
langur. About 150 species of birds are also found here and include the migratory
birds that arrive in winter like the steppe eagle and various water-birds.
Best time of visit:
November-June (Park closes in July for the monsoons)
Nearest Town :
Umaria (30 km)
How to get there :
Rail-Umaria (30 km); Air-Khajuraho (210 km),
Kaziranga National Park
Situated on the Brahmaputra River, the Kaziranga National Park covers an area
of about 430 sq. km. Its swamps and grasslands with tall thickets of elephant
grass and patches of evergreen forest, support the largest number of rhino
in the subcontinent.
It was an alarming depletion in their numbers, due to hunting and poaching
that led to the conservation of this area in 1926. In 1940, Kaziranga was
declared a sanctuary..
Herds of barasingha and wild buffalo are to be seen in the marshes. Rhinos
browse unconcernedly as the visitors pass by and an occasional herd of elephants
or wild boar is also sighted. The grasslands are raptor country and the
crested serpent eagle, the Pallas fishing eagle and greyheaded fishing eagle
can be seen circling over the marshes. The water-bird variety includes swamp
partridge, bar-headed goose, whistling teal, the Bengal florican, storks,
herons and even pelicans.
Best time to visit :
Nearest town :
Bokakhat (23 km)
How to get there :
Air :- Jorhat (84 km);
Rail :- Guwahati;
National Parks in India Reservation Form