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The Bandhavgarh National Park is located in the district of Umaria & Sahdol in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This reserve came into existence in 1968 when the Maharaja of Rewa handed over the area to the government. Cradled between the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges, Bandhavagrh consists an area of 448 square kilometers. It boasts a breathtaking mixture of dense green valleys and rocky hills. Mixed deciduous forests and woodlands are interspersed with flat grasslands and serene waterholes. A network of spring-fed streams provides a water source for the park’s wildlife.
Bandhavgarh was the seat of ex-rulers of the Rewa State and its history dates back to the 3rd Century A.D. Even mythologically, the fort at the center of the park is believed to be built by Lord Rama for his brother Laxman to keep an eye over Lanka.
The faunal assemblage of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is of typical Central Indian species, including tiger, leopard, chital (spotted deer), sambar deer, wild dogs, nilgai, wild boar, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, black faced langus, jungle cat, hyena, jackal, fox, and barking deer among others.
There are 250 bird species belonging to 53 families in Bandhavgarh National Park. Among them 138 are resident, 26 are local migrants and 86 are migrants.
It is the density of it's big cat population that has made Bandhavgarh really famous across the globe. Many of it's tigers have played pivot roles of numerous films made on wildlife.