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Bandhavgarh (The ancient Name is Bandhogarh) National park Village-TALA, Taluka-Bandhavgarh, District-Umaria, (Madhya Pradesh), INDIA - Paradise Regained.
The state of Rewa owes its origins to the foundation of a state dating to 1234 by Vyaghra Dev, a descendant of the Vaghelas of Gujarat. He married the daughter of the Raja of Pirhawan and conquered the territory between Kalpi and Chandalgarh. Karan Dev, son of Vyaghra Dev married the daughter of the Raja of Ratanpur, bringing Bandhogarh ( Now Known as BANDHAVGARH) into the family as her dowry. The legendary fortress of Bandhogarh fell into Mughal hands in 1597, almost by accident. At the death of H.H. Maharaja Virbhadra Rao in 1593, his minor son succeeded as H.H. Maharaja Vikramaditya. Sent to Delhi for his own safety, the emperor took advantage of his absence to send one of his loyal nobles as temporary governor. Once he had taken control of the fort, the Maharaja’s nobles and officials were expelled and the fort annexed by the Mughals. On his return to his remaining domains, H.H. Maharaja Vikramaditya was forced to establish a new capital at Rewa, from whence the state took its name.
Covering 450 Sq. k.m., Bandhavgarh is situated in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh among the outlying hills of the Vindhya range. At the center of park is Bandhavgarh hill rising 811 meters above MSL. The lowest point in the park is at Tala (440 meter above MSL).
Flora and fauna
The vegetation is chiefly of sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes Bamboo is found throughout the park. Bandhavgarh forest, as a Shikargah, or game preserve, of the Maharajas of Rewa. H.H Maharaja Shri Martant Singh Ji Ju Deo shoot 109 Tigers. H.H Maharaja Shri Venkat Raman Singh Ji Ju Deo shoot 111 Tiger by 1914. The great Singer "TANSEN" (Tansukh Manget Pandey) and The Great Adviser Raja BIRBAL was there in the Darbar of H.H Maharaja Shri Raamchandra Ji ju deo the ruler of Bandhogarh in the same time two more great singer were there i.e. TANI ( The lover of TANSEN who only knows the Raga MEGA-MAHALAR only other than TANSEN) and Pandit Baijnath who was called as Baiju Bawara ( The Mad Singer). "Tansen" was a friend of H.H Maharaja Shri Raamchandra Ji ju deo. There after Tansen and Raja BIRBAL gone to Delhi Darbar as a "Navratan of Samrat AKBAR". Bandhogarh areas were constituted as a National park by 1968.
Bandhavgarh experiences climatic conditions that vary to opposite extremes. In winters, the bitter cold forces the visitors to pur on multiple layers as protection against the biting cold. Early mornig rides can be in temperatures that dip about four, once you take the wind chill factor into consideration. In the summers, it changes drastically to the opposite. It now fee is uncomfortable to even sometimes put on the cotton t-shirt. The temperature in the winters varies from 4 to 20 degrees centigrade between November and February. In the summers, the temperatures move to the other extreme and can go up to 48 degrees centigrade. Towards late summer, it is also advisable to carry some protection, for yourself and for your cameras, from rain. Bandhavgarh has an average annual rainfall of 1200 mm. The rains here give very little prior warning and and it is preferable to be prepared for your own protection, as well as for your equipment. These rains, however, bring good respite from the blistering heat. A single shower can make temp erasures fall from 45 degrees to 30 degrees centigrade.
The Fort - Bandhavgarh fort is thought however to be some 2,000 years old and there are reference to it in the ancient books. Various Ruler ruled the fort. The "Kalchuries" from 10th century. in the 13th century AD, the "Baghelas" took over, ruling from Bandhavgarh until 1617. When Maharaja Vikramaditya Singh moved his capital to Rewa. The Shesh Shaya :- The statue of Lord Vishnu in laying position with umbrella of "Shesh Nag" along with "The Shivling" and " The Brahma" are situated there. The origin of River "Charan Ganga" is also from the foot of "Lord Vishnu". That is of 10th century. There are two main ways of getting about in the park either in a motore vehicle or on the elephant back. Jeeps safari are best under taken from the down about 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. until dusk as the animals are most active during this period. Elephant are used every morning by the forest department for Tiger - tracking. If a Tiger is found then the elephant will take you directly to the Tiger from a near by reached by jeep/car. A forest department guide must always accompany you with a naturalist from our side (optional). This guide/naturalist will be able to direct you and point out wildlife.
Wild life lovers are welcome to the land of tigers. Today Bandhavgarh, in Madhya Pradesh, India, has the highest density of tigers in the world making it just the best tourism destination. Bandhavgarh National Park is one place where you certain of seeing a tiger in its natural habitat. It is in this valley where white tiger was found.
Certainly the best jungle resort in India is GTV Resort, which is the best with a lot of facilities. Spread in the land of the Royal Baghela Destiny, TALA KOTHAR, TALUKA-BANDHAVGARH, RULED BY THE LATE RULERS OF THE REWA STATE , the resort offers excellent lawns surroundings with beautiful gardens and bamboo's.
The accommodation have a attached toilet of international sanitation standard with 24 hours hot & cold water ( Wood fired geysers), beds having curl on (Sponge) cushion in length as long as per international standards. Gracious hospitality and efficient services goes at GTVResort. The interiors are done with a royal comfort.
Color TV and video library fully loaded with wildlife and other movie.
Facilities for Jungle safari ( On hire basis subject to availability).
Travel arrangements for the visiting tourists ( On hire basis subject to availability).
Jungle & village excursions on foot.
Apart from these, the resort offers the very special Restaurant MOTI MAHAL ( The palace Of Pearl) with a variety of every taste, Specially INDIAN FOOD.
The day starts early for the jungle. A wake up call at 5 O'clock followed by bed tea ( Complimentary) and some time to get ready to go for the morning park visit.
Our guest are taken for the park safari in customized open jungle safari great view of the surroundings. You are accompanied by a Jungle Guide and expert driver. You even get elephant rides for "tiger-shows" in the morning.
A delicious Breakfast is waiting for you at lawn after the morning park visit.
After Breakfast its leisure time. You can take a Hot or Cold bath (Shower). The Resorts will be delighted to prepare your lunch.
Its lunch time at MOTI MAHAL ( The palace Of Pearl) Restaurant.
Evening safari awaits you. Fun park and experience the thrill of tracking down a Tiger in the wild.
At the time of Evening Tea, We have Wild Life Video Show in MOTI MAHAL ( The palace Of Pearl) Restaurant to you. A bon-fire is a lovely place to be after dark Folk Dances ( On order) with barbecued platters and beverages served on your demand.
Dinner is served at MOTI MAHAL ( The palace Of Pearl) Restaurant. Its a busy, relaxed day at GTVResort. Come and enjoy the experience at Golbro Tiger View Resort.
Resort at :
Near Petrol Pump, Tala, BANDHAVGARH Distt. UMARIA (M.P.) INDIA Pin Code - 484 661 Phone: +91 7627 265314, Fax +91 7662 241218 Cell: +91 9424722414 E-mail: [email protected] Web Site- www.gtvresort.com