AMAZING FORESTS OF BANDAVGARH IN THE HEART OF INDIA

At last into the home of the White Tiger: Bandavgarh
At last into the home of the White Tiger: Bandavgarh

The Amazing Forests of Bandavgarh tells fascinating stories of Kings, White Tigers and a fort gifted to a brother. This is the last ( for now) and chapter 5 in the series on Bandavagarh .

Legend has it that Lord Ram gifted the fort to his brother Laxman ( do see my  write up on Artifacts of the Samode Safari Lodge)

The Bandavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve was once home to the White Tiger ( not spotted for the last 50 years now) and was  the domain of the  Baghela Rulers of Rewa. It was  preserved by these wise rulers as a Wildlife sanctuary from the 17th century ( 400 years ago) when they shifted their capital from Bandavgarh to Rewa.

Jeeps canters and elephants are three modes of transport within the BTR
Jeeps canters and elephants are three modes of transport within the BTR

It is home to numerous monuments, temples ,caves and forts, most of which are beyond the reach of the ordinary tourist like me. A visit to the fort requires a special permit  I hope I will be able to visit the 10th Century Fort in the years to come.

the hills in tala range atop which the fort is located
the hills in tala range atop which the fort is located

The caves are about 2000 yrs going back to the 1st A.D. The entire region .

 Caves ( i call them Hobbit homes) In Tala range
Caves ( i call them Hobbit homes) In Tala range

I have observed that  hills  inhabited by ancient temples  in India are often  a treasure trove for environmentalists.

Official write up at the site of the lying VIshnu and Shivling
Official write up at the site of the lying VIshnu and Shivling inside The Tiger Reserve at Bandavgarh
Behold the Creator:Lying Vishnu
Behold the Creator:Lying Vishnu

They are often the catchment areas of water for the region, ancient forests  provides medicinal plants and in turn its inhabitants, the fauna ( wildlife)  , thrives.

The official board is silent on the Shivling the symbol of Lord Shiva
The official board is silent on the Shivling the symbol of Lord Shiva
The dense moist sal ( shorea robusta) forests of Bandabagrh
The dense moist Sal ( shorea robusta) forests of Bandavgagrh

The Amazing forests  of Bandavgarh are  a wonderful example of this ancient wisdom.

Grey Hornbills
Grey Hornbills
Romantic Owls
Romantic Owls
Langurs at the local pub
Langurs at the local pub

There are some pictures which I am adding in Chapter 6, which will show up the deficiencies of the  Forest administration at Bandavgarh.So keep your eyes pealed.

After much inner conflict I think its necessary to mention the same.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

41 thoughts on “AMAZING FORESTS OF BANDAVGARH IN THE HEART OF INDIA”

  1. seed pod is of Jasmine, Spiders are first oneGiant crab spider heteropoda venatoria and second one is giant wood spider Nephila maculata. These are very common spiders in Bandhavgarh and I am surprised that yr Guide could not ID them for you.

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  2. My 91 year old mother is still an avid gardner and would delight in seeing the forest. Thanks for stopping by and ‘liking’ my recent post, Mukul. David.

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  3. Nice pictures! I am really dying to visit India! My grandma is from Hyderabad but came to the UK when she was very young. I feel like your pictures are calling me to come!

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  4. Thank you for liking my poem Catch My Phrase on my blog WordMusic. Please do come back often. There are nearly 400 poems there waiting for you.

    And your country looks beautiful. Let us both pray western culture doesn’t screw it up too badly.

    Brent Kincaid

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