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Old Fort And The Tiger

Uday Patel
 


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As you drive past the Charanga Meadow you will see the rampart and the wall encircling the mountain. It is an amazing site to see remains of human civilizations in the middle of the jungle out in the remote access of Central India.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is as exotic as a destination can be. It is a tiger reserve and a National Park a diversity that is striking and a reminder of ancient times. Humans made their last stand a century back whence a continuous conquests over the tribal land left their marks as structures made of igneous rocks. They found security and succor in the depth of pristine impregnable forests at that time. The last ruling dynasty the Baghels of Rewa moved their capital from here erasing the footsteps of humans forever. Well not exactly in order to conserve the tiger forest department of Madhya Pradesh now governs this little paradise.

The tiger rules over the tortured terrain of dense Sal forests, steep cliffs, deep and marshy grasslands. Remains of human civilizations dot the landscape most of them in ruins but some preserved in spite of the passage of time perfectly. The fort sits atop the Bandhavgarh Mountain along with an assemblage of reservoirs, idols, temples and horse shelters. You will come across numerous caves some of which are natural formations while others have been chiseled to perfection littered all along the reserve.

Bandhavgarh is a tiger conservation unit and a successful one. It has perhaps the highest density of tigers in India. The remarkable conservation success has resulted in large number of tourists arriving here to see the big cat in its natural environment. Other mammals that catch your eye are the bison, wild dog, sloth bear and the leopard. Numerous avian species add to the colorful spectacle of the reserve. The picturesque land is one of the most visited places in Central India.

Tourism has created a sustainable industry at Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Not only tourists, wildlife photographers, film makers and researchers arrive hear every year. A well placed infrastructure like roads, transportation and hotels make tourism feasible in the reserve. In order to reach one can fly down to Jabalpur City and drive down to BTR. It is also connected with Kanha Tiger Reserve and Panna National Park both in Central India.

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