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By: Bittu Sahgal
162 pages, Illustrated
Bandhavgarh symbolises the timelessness of nature. Its 32 hillocks, grassy expanses and thick tiger forests are replete with history in the form of rock caves, ancient monuments, sculptures and art.
These works were crafted by generations of nature worshippers who understood that apart from food, water and shelter, forests also supply humans with spiritual sustenance. The Shikargarh (shooting reserve) of the erstwhile Maharaja of Rewa, who was one of the first royals to support a ban on tiger hunting in post-independence India, is dominated by the ramparts of a formidable fort located atop the Bandhavgarh plateau. This tiger reserve, easily one of the best places in India to observe wild tigers, harbours over 515 flowering plants, 276 birds and a long list of mammals that includes otters and dholes. Sal Shorea Robusta and bamboo combine to provide Bandhavgarh with its typical green and gold look that is embellished by tropical evergreen valleys and extensive meadows.
Watered by the Charanganga, with its magical combination of history and wild nature, the Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of Panthera tigris' last remaining strongholds and a sacred, must-visit destination.
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