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Wildlife Sanctuaries of India–Bandhavgarh National Park

October 25, 2013
Sita, National Geographic

Sita, National Geographic

If you are really, really desperate to see tigers in their natural habitat, maybe you should try visiting Bandhavgarh National Park in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh since it has the highest concentration of tigers among all the national parks in India! With an area of 105 sq km open to tourists and a buffer zone of 427 sq km, Bandhavgarh National Park is home to almost 50 Bengal tigers.

A female tiger named Sita, who also appeared on the cover of National Geographic and is the most photographed tiger in the world, also lived in Banhavgarh. In fact, most tigers in the reserve today are thought to be descendants of her and a male tiger named Charger. (Fun fact: Charger’s habit of charging at elephants and tourists earned him the name. Thankfully, no one ever got injured!)

The park’s flora ranges from tall grasslands to thick Sal forests. The best time to visit is from November to February since the monsoon season rejuvenates all vegetation. Visiting during the drier season, from March to June, may be preferable for tourists interested in sighting tigers since it will be easier to spot them.

You can visit Bandhavgarh National Park’s official website to find more information and plan your next trip.

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