Bandhavgarh, also called Bandavgarh, is located near the northeastern border of Madhya Pradesh in the district of Umaria. Nestled amidst the hills of Satpura and Vindhya ranges, Bandhavgarh is mainly known for the presence of a wildlife reserve and the associated eco-tourism initiatives undertaken there.
An ancient location with a lot of mythological importance, Bandhavgarh finds mention in some ancient texts like Narada Pancha Ratra and Shiv Purana among others. Also, according to Ramayana, Lord Rama had stayed in Bandhavgarh while returning to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. Moreover, a fort was constructed at this site by a couple of monkey architects and gave it to Lord Rama, which was gifted to Lakshamana subsequently. The fort got the name Bandhavgarh (Fort of the brother) and Lakshmana was made Bandhavadhish (Lord of Bandhavgarh Fort). Very soon, the entire region surrounding the fort came to be known as Bandhavgarh.
Perched at a height of 800 meter above sea level, the Bandhavgarh Fort soon came into the hands of Maharajas of Rewa. There are many inscriptions on the walls of Bandhavgarh Fort that can be dated back to 300 AD, and which points to the antiquity of the fort. Bandhavgarh was a key region for which was coveted by the rulers like Chandelas, Lodis and Mughal among others. But Bandhavgarh lost all political importance by the 17th century.
A royal hunting ground of the erstwhile rulers, Bandhavgarh was enwrapped by dense forests and it continued to be a forested area even in the later periods. After India gained independence the area was nominated as a National Park in the year 1968.
The main attraction in Bandhavgarh is the National park, which is famous for unprecedented opportunities of spotting the national animal, Royal Bengal Tiger, in its natural habitat. Sprawling over a vast area of 105 square kilometers, the Bandhavgarh National Park is covered with thick sal and bamboo forests. Some of the prominent inhabitants of Bandhavgarh National Park are Sambar, Chital, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Leopard and Sloth Bears, among others.
Accommodation options in Bandhavgarh are rather limited. The Bandhavgarh Hotels number around thirty. Even though they are limited in numbers, the Bandhavgarh Hotels can be categorized under budget, premium, luxury, super luxury and camps among others. Some of the popular Bandhavgarh Hotels in the luxury category are Tree House Hideaway, Kings Lodge, Welcome Heritage Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge, Infinity Resort, Junglemantra, Bundela Jungle Lodge and Tree House Hideaway, to list a few. These Bandhavgarh Hotels cost a guest to the range of Rs 10000/- to 65000/- for a day’s stay.
Most of these Bandhavgarh Hotels also offer facilities for sightseeing expedition and jungle safaris, apart from pick-up and drop facilities from the various transit points.