Bandavgarh
BANDHAVGARH Call of the
wild tiger country
Bandhangarvh
23°41′58″N 80°57′43″E

Bandavgarh

  • Bandhangarvh Fort

    BANDHAVGARH GETS ITS NAME FROM THE ANCIENT BANDHAVGARH FORT

  • Hunting Ground of Maharajas

    FROM A HUNTING GROUND OF MAHARAJAS TO A NATIONAL PARK

  • White Tigers of Bandhangarvh

    ALL THE WHITE TIGERS OF THE WORLD TRACE THEIR ROOTS TO BANDHAVGARH

  • Royal Bengal Tigers

    BOASTS OF THE HIGHEST DENSITY OF ROYAL BENGAL TIGERS IN THE WORLD

  • Land of Tigers

    37 SPECIES OF MAMMALS, 250 SPECIES OF BIRDS, 80 SPECIES OF BUTTERFLIES AND MORE

The gift of a fort

Gift of a Fort

White tiger country

White Tiger Country

Bandhavgarh is a place of mythological and legendary significance. The ancient Bandhavgarh Fort is of great importance as it is believed to have been gifted by Lord Rama to his younger brother Lakshmana. 'Bandhav' in English means brother and ‘Garh’ means fort. Hence the name, Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh dates back to 2000 years ago and you will find several man made caves with inscriptions and rock paintings.

Bandhavgarh is also the land of tigers. This is the place to visit if you want to spot the big cat. India’s top dwelling for tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest density of Royal Bengal tigers in the world. The sight of the majestic tiger, up close and personal, is said to trigger a sense of awe in you, of the kinds you would have only experienced in your childhood.

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Reaching by Air

Reaching Bandhavgarh by Air

The nearest airports are the Khajuraho Civil Aerodrome (250 km) and the Jabalpur Airport (190 km). Both are well connected to major cities like Delhi, Indore, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Bandhavgarh by Rail

The closest railway stations are Umaria (37 km), Katni (100 km), Jabalpur (190 km) and Khajuraho (250 km). These stations are well connected to major cities.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Bandhavgarh by Road

You can get to Bandhavgarh by state/private transport buses or by car/taxi from Umaria (37 km), Jabalpur (190 km), Katni (100 km) or Khajuraho (250 km).

The gift of a fort

Bandhavgarh means the Brother Fort

Lord Rama's gift to Lakshmana

The story behind the name ‘Bandhavgarh’ has mythological roots. 'Bandhav' in English means brother and ‘Garh’ means fort, so the name of Bandhavgarh means the Brother Fort. It is believed that Lord Rama visited Bandhavgarh and gave this fort to his younger brother Lakshmana after having defeated Ravana. He also asked him to keep watch over Lanka. There are references of the same in ancient books like the “Narad-Pancharatra” and the “Shiva Purana”.

Origin of the white tigers of the world

Abode of White Tigers

White tiger country

Bandhavgarh has a history of being the abode of white tigers. All the sightings have been recorded only here. Although no white tigers have been reported from the wild in the last 50 years, as many as 8 sightings were recorded in the first half of the 20th century.

In 1951, Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa captured an orphaned white tiger cub in Bandhavgarh. He domesticated this male white tiger and named him Mohan. The Maharaja was also able to successfully breed white tigers in Rewa and export the cubs to other countries. As a result, all white tigers in captivity today are Mohan’s descendants. The species has thrived in captivity, with a number of specimens related to Mohan finding homes in zoos and circuses all over the world. ‘Mohan’ has been kept for display, stuffed and mounted, at the Baghel Museum. Mohan was the last white tiger spotted in the wild.

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