Bandhavgarh National Park
is one of the popular national parks in India located in the Umaria district of
Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968, with an area
of 105 km. The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni
and totals 437 km. The park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of
the area, which is said to be given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana
to keep a watch on Lanka.This park has a large biodiversity. The density of the
tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park
has a large breeding population of leopards, and various species of deer.
Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa captured the first white tiger in this region in
1951. This white tiger, Mohan, is now stuffed and on display in the palace of
the Maharajas of Rewa. Historically villagers and their cattle have been a
threat to the tiger. Rising mining activities around the park are putting the
tigers at risk.