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Enjoying the Great Outdoors in the Bandhavgarh Wildlife Reserve

Uday Patel

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The relationship between man and beast has evolved through time. It is common practice nowadays with people choosing wildlife holidays over the sun and sands of the beaches. We can probably put it down to man wanting to get back to his roots or because of the need to know what lies out there. In the state of Madhya Pradesh or MP Bandhavgarh is a wildlife destination for the avid tourist. The name is a combination of Bandhav+Garh where the meaning of the former is brother and the latter fort. The place has a tale associated to it that Rama gifted this to his younger brother Lakshman, hence the name brother’s fort

The forest that hosts a vast population of tigers has made everybody refer to the area as a tiger reserve. For years on end people used this forest to poach animals and the tiger population decreased like crazy. However, after social activism the poaching is more or less at a standstill and any poacher will be taken to task if they so much as venture out to shoot at sight. Dams have been constructed so that it is easy for the animals to quench their thirst. Man and nature go hand in hand, but there are a time when man tends is even more ferocious than the wild cat. Greed plays a primal need.

Enjoying the wildlife spectacle can be worked out on a safari either on a jeep or on an elephant ride. It is advised that people talk quietly and stop any form of fast movement. During any wildlife tourism safari forest officials always accompany the tourists. The Bandhavgarh Wildlife reserve has over twenty mammals and 250 birds. The animals that one sees most often on the safaris are the wild pigs, gaur, chinkara, samba, spotted deer, palm squirrel, bandicoot rat, etc. The reserve also plays host to the Asiatic jackal, striped hyena, leopard, sloth bear, mongoose and the tiger.

Resorts are nestled near the area. One can take their pick of the upper segment or the limited tariff resorts. The Muchmucha Lodges have a rustic feel in the bedroom design. High ceilings and terracotta tiles with fireplaces complete the warmth of the digs. The Syna Tiger Resort is also relative high on the purse but has a tree house that is ideal to sight a tiger with a pair of binoculars. Greenwoods Resorts is relatively easier on the pocket but packs a punch with its interiors and cuisine. There are many resorts in Bandhavgarh that offer luxury hotel accommodation. A tourist has wide variety of choices from budget to five star.

Most often planning a holiday takes patience. Getting people to agree to come on a wildlife ride may not be everybody’s cup of tea. But one visit to brother’s fort aka Bandhavgarh can change the perception of tourists who omit wildlife holidays and opt for city life.

Uday writes on hotel accommodation in Bandhavgarh National Park in Central India. He also writes on Bandhavgarh Photo Tours for wildlife photography in the tiger reserve. Uday writes often on travel to the National Parks of India.


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