Wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park

An adrenaline pumping desperate search for the elusive Bengal tiger combines with mixed flora & fauna available in Bandhavgarh.

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.

Fauna :

  • Spotted deer or Chital (Axis axis)
  • Sambar (Cervus unicolor)
  • Barking deer or Four-horned antilop (Tetracerus quadricornis)
  • Nilgai of Blue bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus)
  • Indian Gazelle or Chinkara (Gazella gazella) and Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)
  • Leopard (Panthera Pardus)
  • Wild dog of Dhole (Cuon alpinus)
  • Wild boar ( Sus scrofa)
  • Sloth bear (Mellursus ursinus)
  • Common Langur (Presbetys entellus)
  • Spotted deer of Chital (Axis axis)
  • Sambar (Cervus unicolor)
  • Barking deer or Four-horned antilop (Tetracerus quadricornis)
  • Nilgai of Blue bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus)
  • Indian Gazelle or Chinkara (Gazella gazella) and Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)
  • Leopard (Panthera Pardus)
  • Wild dog of Dhole (Cuon alpinus)
  • Wild boar ( Sus scrofa)
  • Sloth bear (Mellursus ursinus)
  • Common Langur (Presbetys entellus)
  • Rhesus monkey (Macaque mullatta) etc.

242 species of birds have been identified in the Reserve. The most commonly seen are the Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Grey Hornbill, Common Teal, Red Wattled Lapwing, Crested Serpent Eagle, Whit Breasted Kingfisher, Lesser Adjutant Stork, etc.

Flora :

Bandhavgarh is very rich in  floral diversity due to combination of landforms and soil types, and the moist  character of the region. Forests types of Bandhavgarh can be identified as Moist Peninsular  Sal Forest  and Southern tropical Moist   Mixed Deciduous   Forest and Southern  Tropical Dry Mixed Deciduous Forest. The reserve has over 600 species of  flowering plants, 50 species of aquatic plants and 18 species of rare plants.Bandhavgarh National Parks has  variety of tree that one may comes across during visit. Some of them are as  follows:

  • Sal (Shorea robusta)
  • Saj (Terminalia tomentosa )
  • Dhaora (Anogeissus latifolia)
  • Tendu (Diospyros melanoxylon)
  • Arjun (Terminalia arjuna)
  • Amla (Emblica officinalis)
  • Palas (Butea monosperma)
  • Salai (Boswellia serrata)
  • Bhirra (Chloroxylon sweitenia)
  • Camar (Gmelina arborea)
  • Dhaman (Grewia tilifolia)
  • Mango (Mangifera indica)
  • Jamun (Syzygium Cumini)
  • Bamboo (Dendrocalamus Strictus)