Bandhavgarh Travel Blog› entry 8 of 10 › view all entries
We leave early this morning, for a full days drive by bus, to the little known wildlife and tiger reserve of Bandhavgarh. Nestling amongst the hills and plains that lie in the shadow of the Vindhyan Mountains, Bandhavgarh can probably boast the highest density of tigers in the country, as well as a healthy population of leopards.
For years the private playground of the Maharajahs of Rewa, it was in this area that the famous White Tiger of Rewa was discovered and today its forested hills and wetlands offer sanctuary not only to the big cats, but also to nilgai, wild boar and jackals. Covering some 450 sq km the park derives its name from the ancient fortress that sits majestically atop the heights of 800-metre high cliffs, dominating the surrounding landscape much as it has for centuries.
The Routine for the game drives is to head into the park by jeep.Actually locally made Susukis and hope to see Tigers and other game on the tracks. At a set time the jeeps meet up with the Elephant riding Park Rangers and if they have seen a tiger they take the passengers to it and then we take it in turns to borrow the Elephants for a closer look.
We were extraordinarily lucky to see a Tigress with 3 near full grown cubs.One of them had caught a small deer. Mum was merrily chomping her way through it when we had our turn on the elephant.The cubs were just out of sight behind her in the dry river bed. Occasionally one would pop up it's head to see if there was any leftovers but Mum seemed to be very hungry.