Explore your love for wildlife in Bandhavgarh

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Much before the state of Madhya Pradesh became dotted with lodgings among the sprawling national parks, parts of these stretches of forested area, such as the ones around Bandhavgarh, were hunting grounds belonging to local maharajas. Evidently, royalty and luxury have hardly been strangers to these parts of the country, so it is only fitting that these jungles are home to the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger.

Adrenaline pumping lookout for the wild Bengal tiger, dancing around a bonfire with the tribesmen of a little village, and fine dining whilst watching a skyline in an elegant and deluxe setting reminiscent of a city sky bar, can all be experienced at one place. It is fortunate that modern lodgings in the Bandhavgarh National Park offer bespoke safaris, so you really could exercise your choice to plan the most extravagant holiday to bring together the best of nature and of the more materialistic outside world.

The calm and peace of nature takes a shift as you ride through the national park to spot the main attraction of Bandhavgarh, that is, the tigers. Fearfulness and a theatrical element that already emanates from the visually commanding Bengal Tiger is made greater through the storytelling and interpretations of professionally trained naturalists. Surreal is the experience, as the naturalists interpret each animal sound echoing around you. Sometimes it may be the chirpy song of an Asian Koel or a Magpie Robin that lightens the mood, when suddenly the calm is broken by the terrified animal cries alarming each other that the king of the jungle, which in this case is the Royal Bengal Tiger, is on the prowl.

Other than tigers, the national park is also home to many beautiful birds which chirp loud to demand attention.

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Tigress and her cub before a mock fight
Tigress and her cub before a mock fight
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Mother tigress teaching survival skills to her cub
Mother tigress teaching survival skills to her cub
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Though the Tiger is what everyone is looking for, yet birds like the Bee Eater are beautiful to look at
Though the Tiger is what everyone is looking for, yet birds like the Bee Eater are beautiful to look at
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The very beautiful, difficult to capture Paradise Flycatcher
The very beautiful, difficult to capture Paradise Flycatcher
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The mongoose looking out for a fresh hunt
The mongoose looking out for a fresh hunt
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The colourful India Roller is difficult to spot
The colourful India Roller is difficult to spot
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Spotted owlet staring inquisitively
Spotted owlet staring inquisitively
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These cats love relaxing in water and can spend an entire day here.
These cats love relaxing in water and can spend an entire day here.
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