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Bandhavgarh Sightseeing

Bandhavgarh FortPerched atop the Bandhavgarh Hill
Bandhavgarh HillRight in the heart of the Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves Around the Bandhavgarh Fort
Jwalamukhi TempleSited on the banks of the river ‘Charan Ganga’ approximately 11 kilometers away from the Bandhavgarh National Park
Bhamera DamFound at the distance of just 20 kilometers from the Bandhavgarh National Park within the periphery of the famous Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary
Gharpuri DamLocated just about 10 kilometers from the Bandhavgarh National Park
Baghel Museum Situated just 100 meters away from the National Park
Three Cave PointPlaced within the premises of the Bandhavgarh National Park
Climbers Point
The Photographer's Point Situated atop one of the precipices within the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Shesh ShaiyaAt the originating point of the Charan Ganga River
Sita Mandap---
Charger's Place Located within the premises of the Bandhavgarh National Park
Mahaman Pond
Andheri Jhiria---
Rajbahera ---

Bandhavgarh Fort

Location: Perched atop the Bandhavgarh Hill
The Bandhavgarh Fort perched atop the Bandhavgarh Hill at the elevation of 811 meters above mean sea level and positioned right at the center of the Bandhavgarh National Park is an antediluvian stronghold that is estimated to be roughly 2000 years old. Also cited in the ancient Hindu scriptures like ‘Narad-Panch Ratra’ and ‘Shiva Purana’, this primordial garrison derives its epithet from the ‘Bandhavgarh Hills’ from where Lakshmana is said to have kept a vigilance on Sri Lanka during the Ramayana Era. Surrounded by innumerable smaller hills, the Bandhavgarh Fort holds immense historical and archaeological importance due to the archaic ruins, sculptures, statues, carvings, coins and other remnants of timeworn human civilization unearthed or discovered here. Supposed to have erected during the tenure of certain Gond King, the Bandhavgarh Fort was ruled by various dynasties i.e. Mauryans, Vaktakas, Sengars, Kalachuris, Baghels, and so on over the millenniums. The fort also functioned as the thriving trading center for the merchants traveling between Kaushambi and Bharhut. During the sovereignty of King Karan Deo, Bandhavgarh acted as the capital of the Southern Gahora Kingdom. The fort was deserted by its latest inhabitant in the year 1935; however, the Maharaja of Rewa still retains the ownership of the Bandhavgarh Fort and tourists are required to obtain permit for visiting the citadel. Presently the Bandhavgarh Fort provides a home to countless species of Vultures.

Bandhavgarh Hill

Location: Right in the heart of the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Bandhavgarh Hill fixed right in the heart of the Bandhavgarh National Park is the highest and most prominent precipice of the province that measures about 811 meters above the MSL in its total height. The term ‘Bandhavgarh’ literally means the ‘fort of the brothers’ and as per the prevailing folklore Lakshmana was appointed by Lord Rama atop the Bandhavgarh Hill for keeping constant surveillance over Sri Lanka. The Bandhavgarh Hill providing both the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve as well as the Bandhavgarh Fort their rubrics is encircled by approximately 32 hillocks those are separated by numerous smoothly sloping valleys. These gorges end in tiny marshy meadows also locally known as ‘Bohera’. This alpine knoll crowned by the antiquated Bandhavgarh Fort at its top is naturally fabricated out of sandstone and acts as the source of quite a lot of water springs and streams of this terrain, the Vanganga Stream being one of them. Laden with dense green vegetation, populated by varied common as well as endangered wildlife species and basking in the glory of its infinite scenic bloom & cool salubrious climate the Bandhavgarh Hill beckons jillions of tourists and nature lovers to spot rare wild animals and repose in the caressing lap of Mother Nature. Being an important archaeological site where multitudinous decrepit caves, statues, sculptures and other vestiges were discovered, the Bandhavgarh Hill equally attracts the archaeologists and the students of history. The most picturesque vistas of the charming valleys and plains lying underneath can be perceived from the top of the Bandhavgarh Hill.

Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves

Location: Around the Bandhavgarh Fort
A cluster of 39 caves discovered around the Bandhavgarh Fort and the surrounding hillocks covering the total radius of about 5 kilometers is the prehistoric memento of the primitive man dwelling in this region since 1st century AD. These ancient caves bearing the age old Sanskrit and Brahmi Inscriptions, embossed motifs of horsemen, elephants, tigers and pigs and containing the relics of obsolete shrines and temples are estimated to be dating back to the period between 1st century AD and 10th century AD. Some of these 39 caves are man-made while the others have been shaped naturally. It is assumed that in the medieval times these caves were used by the soldiers of the empire for seeking shelter and also by the monks for their religious and spiritual pursuits. The ‘Badi Gufa’ enclosing nine smaller rooms, embellished with several decorative pillars and bedecked with an expansive entrance is the largest cave of this cave agglomeration. The Badi Gufa dated 10th century AD appears to be significantly elementary, lacks artistic and aesthetic values as compared to other Buddhist caves of the same era and doesn’t contain any elaborately chiseled carvings or images. The purpose behind the construction of this cave has remained inscrutable as yet. Presently these caves of Bandhavgarh act as a home to diverse fauna of the National Park. Some of the remarkable caves of this cave group include Vrihad Lekhi, Nritya – Khoh 1 & 2, Yogi Khoh, Ashdhatu Temple, Kachhari, Astbal 1 & 2, Day Shelter, Kachchap, Sarthik, Marhwa, Chatra, Daan Kuan, Mrityudand Machiya, Rani Ki Jhiriya, Amatyakhoh 1 & 2, Trader’s Inn 1 & 2, Vaisharavan Khoh, Reech Khoh, Yugaantar, Hanuman Khoh, Nirad Khoh, Rishi Khoh, etc.

Jwalamukhi Temple

Location: Sited on the banks of the river ‘Charan Ganga’ approximately 11 kilometers away from the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Jwalamukhi Temple of Umaria sited on the banks of the river ‘Charan Ganga’ approximately 11 kilometers away from the Bandhavgarh National Park is an ancient Hindu place of worship dating back to 10th century AD where Goddess Jwalamukhi is enshrined.

Bhamera Dam

Location: Found at the distance of just 20 kilometers from the Bandhavgarh National Park within the periphery of the famous Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bhamera Dam to be found at the distance of just 20 kilometers from the Bandhavgarh National Park within the periphery of the famous Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary is a grand water reservoir where innumerable species of Indian as well as migratory birds can be spotted particularly during winter. This abode of assorted varieties of avifauna beckons hundreads of birdwatchers and photographers all round the year.

Gharpuri Dam

Location: Just about 10 kilometers from the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Gharpuri Dam located just about 10 kilometers from the Bandhavgarh National Park is yet another vantage point that is haunted by multitudinous breeds of domestic as well as migratory birds, especially the water birds all through the year. The vicinity crowded by multicolored feathered creatures and the ambience filled with the heterogeneous chirping of these graceful beings absolutely mesmerizes its visitors. A paradise for the nature lovers and the bird watchers and a dream come true for the photographers; the Gharpuri Dam is one of the must visit tourist attractions around the Bandhavgarh National Park.

Baghel Museum

Location: Just 100 meters away from the National Park
Before being acknowledged as a National Park and a protected Tiger Reserve, Bandhavgarh and the adjoining regions were maintained as a game preserve (Shikargah) where the Maharajas of Rewa and their royal guests used to indulge in the sport of hunting. Though after the Independence of India the state of Rewa was annexed to the state of Madhya Pradesh, the Maharaja of Rewa retained his hunting rights till 1968 AD. The Baghel Museum of Bandhavgarh situated just 100 meters away from the National Park is a treasure repository where numerous precious belongings of the Maharajas of Rewa and manifold other residues of the glorious aeon of Rewa’s Monarchy are preserved and displayed. The first white tiger of Bandhavgarh; Mohan who was sighted and captured by Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa in 1951 AD is now stuffed and exhibited in the Baghel Museum. Apart from that, archaic hunting equipments used by the Maharajas during their hunting expeditions, a number of military armaments and other personal paraphernalia associated with the royal family of Rewa are showcased in the exhibition galleries of the Baghel Museum. A visit to this menagerie grants you an insight into the aristocratic lifestyle of the sovereigns of Rewa during the bygone years. This museum of Bandhavgarh can be visited from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A nominal amount of rupees 50 is charged here as the entry fee.

Three Cave Point

Location: Placed within the premises of the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Three Cave Point of Bandhavgarh placed within the premises of the Bandhavgarh National Park is an assemblage of three ancient caves which are particularly acclaimed for the exceptional superannuated architectural techniques portrayed through their structures. Conspicuously visible from the Ganesh Hillock Road, the Three Cave Point comprehends scores of impressive carvings which depict the classic epitome of then prevailing artistic and architectonic standards and the architectural ingenuity achieved by the artisans of the yesteryears. These archeological remnants today act as a testimony of our rich and dexterous past. The Three Cave Point currently provides home to loads of wild animals of the sanctuary, mainly tigers, leopards and sloth bears.

Climbers Point

While you traverse through the inner reaches of the Bandhavgarh National Park and explore the wildlife from the close quarters you can take a short break at the Climbers Point and perceive the all encompassing spectacle of the entire nature preserve. Accessible from the Bandhavgarh Hills after undertaking a gentle climb upwards, the Climbers Point offers the most dazzling aerial dioramas of the surrounding forests laden with the dense thickets of Sal, Bamboo, Butea Superba (flame of the forest), Bauhinia Vahlii and other botanical species. Encumbered with verdant timberlands and loaded with the plethora of spell binding scenic splendor, the Climbers Point of Bandhavgarh is a wonderful niche to unwind and relax in the placid bosom of this wildlife asylum.

The Photographer's Point

Location: Atop one of the precipices within the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Photographer’s Point situated atop one of the precipices within the Bandhavgarh National Park is a staggering vantage point from where the most awe-inspiring prospects of the surrounding magnificence can be witnessed. From this elevated spot tourists and nature lovers can apprehend the most striking outlooks of the all-embracing wilderness around; bequeathed with the endless treasure of flora and fauna. This pyramidal viewing venue upheld by the highlands of Bandhavgarh and yielding the panoramic vision of the vicinity is unquestionably a seventh heaven for the photographers. However, photography from this vantage point is not permitted for any and every visitor. To click photos from the Photographer’s Point and confine the nature’s beauty in your camera screen the photography aficionados are required to obtain prior license from the forest director of the region. The Photographer’s Point can be reached on your way back from the Route B.

The Shesh Shaiya

Location: At the originating point of the Charan Ganga River
The term ‘Shesh Shaiya’ literally means the bedstead (Shaiya) made from a cobra (Shesh / Shesh Nag). The Shesh Shaiya Statue of Lord Vishnu portraying the deity reclined upon the coiled tail of the heavenly cobra; ‘Shesh Nag’ and canopied under the umbrella of his stretched out hood is an ancient sculpture discovered around one of the antediluvian caves of the Bandhavgarh National Park. Measuring about 65 feet in its total length, this horizontal effigy of Lord Vishnu reposing on the seven headed Shesh Naag is flanked by a Shiva Lingam and an idol of Lord Brahma. Estimated to be dating back to 10th century AD, the Shesh Shaiya sculpture of Bandhavgarh presents a classic specimen of primordial art and architecture practiced during the bygone ages. The river that originates from the spot adjacent the feet of Lord Vishnu (Shesh Shaiya) is christened as ‘Charan Ganga’ meaning the Ganges (water) oozing from the feet (Charan) of Lord Vishnu. As the vicinity around the Shesh Shaiya is affluent with innumerable fruit bearing trees, the place is haunted by scores of birds, particularly the Malabar Pied Hornbill. The Shesh Shaiya Idol of Lord Vishnu received hordes of devotees especially on the occasion of Diwali and other Hindu festivals. The Shesh Shaiya as well as the surroundings are illuminated with countless lamps at the time of Diwali Festival.


The Sidhbaba area of the Bandhavgarh National Park christened after the temple of a Hindu deity ‘Sidhbaba’ located here is a geographical expanse of the sanctuary which owing to its opaque forests and swampy grasslands provides a perfect haven to a variety of wild animals such as sambhar, chital, wild boar, deer, painted stork, and many others. Apart from the guaranteed sighting of these herbivorous animals, the Sidhbaba region also promises you a fairly certain encounter with tiger; the king of the jungle. The large marshy meadows growing behind the Sidhbaba Temple grant a suitable hideaway for the tigers from where they can easily attack the herbivorous animals grazing nearby. The Sidhbaba division of the National Park has been the territory of some the most powerful tigers of Bandhavgarh including the Charger and the Barmera (Bamera).

Sita Mandap

The Sita Mandap area of the Bandhavgarh National Park marked with a single upright rock arch protruding out like a bridge and resembling a wedding arena in its shape is the province that is supposed to have inhabited by Lord Ram, Devi Sita and brother Lakshman on their way back to Ayodhya from Sri Lanka. The term ‘Sita Mandap’ means the Mandap (wedding ground) where Devi Sita got married to Lord Ram or the Mandap (in the sense of abode) where Devi Sita resided. The Sita Mandap rock formation is flanked by the Sita Mandap Water Hole; a tiny perennial spring that naturally drains out of a sand stone surface. As the most prominent tigress of Bandhavgarh; Sita along with her three cubs was sighted for the first time near the Sita Mandap itself, she was named ‘Sita’ after this place. Sita happens to be the mother of most of the tigers and tigresses dwelling in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve today.

Charger's Place

The Charger’s Place to be found within the premises of the Bandhavgarh National Park is dedicated to the fond memory of Charger; one of the dominant males of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve who maintained his sovereignty in the jungle for more than 10 years. Charger was christened so due to his habit of charging at elephants and tourists; however, he never harmed any of them. Charger and Sita, the most famed couple of Bandhavgarh parented most of the tigers and tigresses lodging in this terrain today. Charger was frequently sighted by the tourists as he recurrently moved close to the safari jeeps. It is also supposed that Charger is the most photographed male tiger in the whole world. Charger died a natural death in the year 2000 and was subsequently buried at the Charger’s Place, also known as the ‘Charger Point’.

Mahaman Pond

The Mahaman Pond enclosed by thick bamboo groves is a large water body of the Bandhavgarh Nature Preserve that is thronged by myriads of wild animals, both herbivores and carnivores for quenching their thirst as well as for resting in the cool shade of the foliage. The Mahaman Pond is often frequented by the tourists as this is one of the ideals points for animal sighting within the Bandhavgarh National Park.


Chakradhara, carpeted by extensive grasslands and shrouded under luxuriant green vegetation is one of the two most significant meadows of this National Park (the other being the Rajbehra Meadows), which is extremely popular amongst the tourists for its recurring and almost definite occurrence of tiger sighting. This vast paddock bounded by verdurous hilly regions acts as a home to a wide range of species of both fauna and flora. Chakradhara, boasting of its heavy density of wild animals also creates a semblance of an open hunting area and probably the Maharajas of Rewa reveled in their favorite sport of hunting in this landscape as well.

Andheri Jhiria

Andheri Jhiria, extensively cloaked by the lush blossoming thickets and flanked by a natural water spring that never dries up serves as an idyllic afternoon retreat for the tigers particularly during the summer season. This shadowy vicinity due to its heavy vegetation and its proximity with the perennial spring provides a cool and pleasing atmosphere for the tigers. As the province is typically darkened by the thick woodsy shadows those create an impenetrable cover against the sunlight, the tigers resting in the Andheri Jhiria cannot be spotted easily.


The Ketkiha region of the Bandhavgarh National Park also known as the ‘Pendanus Point’ is a wetland section of the sanctuary that is abounding with an exceptionally fragrant species of the flora named Pendanus (Kewra). Apart from that, Ketkiha also proliferates with multitudinous Jamun and Arjun trees.


Ghorademaon is a naturally formed deep ravine where a constantly cascading all season water stream can be perceived.


Rajbahera, another important marshland of the sanctuary provides an ideal abode for several wildlife species like sambhar, chitals, wild boars, wild pigs, storks, vultures, etc. Moreover, the river Damnar originates from here and the impressive vistas of the Bandini Hills of Bandhavgarh can also be evidently captured from here.