Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh is tiger country. Arguably the premier national park for India's most famous fauna, this relatively small reserve has spottings on a similar scale to Ranthambore, and sees substantially fewer visitors. Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandhavgarh were maintained as the game preserve of the royal family of Rewa and hunting was carried out by the Maharajas and their guests. It was as late as 1968 that special conservation measures were taken, and thus Bandhavgarh was declared a National Park. Set amidst the Vindhyanchal ranges, the park covers an area of 437 sq. km, split by a series of ridges, and covered with a mix of forest, bamboo, and grassland. Bandhavgarh is dominated by an ancient fort of the same name, sat high up on an 800m precipice, overlooking the reserve. It is also home to a network of fascinating cave shrines, some of which show signs of inhabitation dating back some 2000 years.