BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
Date: 3 Mar 2011
A large male tiger came in to view at the end of the road
and walked toward the vehicle. It then veered off and walked across to a water hole. Before drinking it lay down and yawned twice. After drinking it walked over
to some overhanging foliage...
Curry, peacocks and
tigers : Phinda rangers set forth for Indian shores
Date: 3 Mar 2011
During the first three weeks of March 2010, two Phinda Mountain Lodge rangers
set forth to explore AndBeyond?s Indian lodges. Giles Kelmanson and I, accompanied by our rather charming girlfriends (Louise and Cara respectively) spent
ABODE OF THE STRIPED KINGS
Date: 3 Mar 2011
There are hundreds of natural and more than 40 man made caves in Bandhavgarh
Tiger Reserve. Baghel Kings ruled Bandhavgarh till early 16th century before shifting their capital to Govindgarh. Since then, Bandhavgarh has been taken over by
Discover the beautiful jungle of Bandhavgarh National Park and learn about the rich biodiversity of
Central India from an &Beyond-trained naturalist. Travel in comfort in a specially
designed Tata open 4x4 safari vehicle. Enjoy twice-daily safaris in the Reserve and tick off Bandhavgarh's ten Star Birds (a unique Taj &
&Beyond programme). Absorb the sights and sounds with a walk through a traditional
village in Madya Pradesh.
Bandhavgarh Wildlife Bandhavgarh supports one of the highest densities of tigers in
India. Its hilly open terrain includes many large grassland meadows that offer great chances of tiger sightings. The density of the Park's big cat
population has made Bandhavgarh world famous. The Park is also blessed with a large variety of mammals: leopard, gaur (Indian Bison), chital (spotted
deer), Sambar deer, dhole, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, black faced langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal,
fox, and wild dog.
Bandhavgarh Fauna and Flora Bandhavgarh is located within a tapestry of habitats and is home to
a variety of beautiful trees and foliage. Fine trees extend across approximately half the National Park, while mixed forests are found in the higher
reaches of the hills. In the slightly higher elevations, there is a more mixed vegetation of sali, saj, saja, and dhobin. Beautiful stretches of bamboo
and grasslands extend to the north. The main wildlife viewing takes place in the core of the Park within its 32 picturesque, wooded
Groundbreaking Gaur Translocation In February 2011, &Beyond was at the forefront of a groundbreaking mass translocation of 19 gaur (Indian bison) to restore the species in
Bandhavgarh National Park from Kanha National Park. To date, the project has been the first successful translocation of wild animals in India, and has
laid the foundation for further specialised wildlife relocations in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. In March 2012, & Beyond Group Conservation Manager, Les Carlisle and his team returned to finish the
translocation process, bringing the total amount of animals relocated to 50.
&Beyond provided the expertise and training, and the equipment and modified vehicles were donated jointly by & Beyond and Taj Safaris. Supporting Carlisle was a team including senior Indian field
directors and veterinarians, as well as experts from the KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife Game Capture Unit in South Africa, Dr Dave Cooper and Mr Jeff
Cooke. To date 4 calves have been born, further proving the success of the project and ensuring a sustainable and healthy population. A first of its
kind in India, this successful mass game capture operation has ensured the reversal of a local extinction.