Introduction of The Reserve
I have been visiting Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve since the seventies whence there was very little infrastructure. The accommodation was available only at the Forest Rest House and Day Center. But since the visitor turnout was low, it was possible to stay at these places without advance reservation.
Bandhavgarh is a tiger conservation center in Madhya Pradesh a state of India. The park is one of the most beautiful reserves. Due to the high density of tigers, the sightings are very frequent. The conservation center has been highly successful under the aegis of the Project Tiger Program. The number of tigers is increasing constantly due to a healthy breeding environment and protection.
The destination was once the hunting preserve of erstwhile rulers of Rewa. Due to the privilege set up for the Royals, the common hunters could not venture into the forests hence they received protection from extensive felling and poaching.
During the seventies, the bison population was on the brink of extinction with only sixty-two heads. I noticed that the population kept on reducing every year and subsequently there were no animals left. The preserve has an excellent conservation practice but the population of bison could not be saved. This has been one sad failure. Recently some bison have been trans-located from Kanha National park in MP.