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It is located on the Bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level at the centre of the Bandhavgarh National Park. It is surrounded by a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys. These valleys end in smallswampy meadows, locally known as ‘Bohera’. The fort is also home to many of the endangered species of Vulture in India. No records are available to show when Bandhavgarh fort was constructed. However, It is thought, to be of some 2000 years old, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the “Narad-Panch Ratra” and the “Shiva Purana“. Regional folklore suggests that Bandhavgarh Fort was constructed by rulers of the Gond EmpireGond kings of the Pandro caste are the original builders of this fort, and descendants of Gond kings still live near the fort.

There are some ruins found of the Fort in the Bamania Hill near Bandhavgarh, and there are many sculptures and coins found in the nearby villages near Bandhavgarh, BijhariyaMala which prove the economical and artistic situation of the kingdom. There are a few statues depicting the reincarnations of Vishnu (avatar) – like one of the Fish and another of the Turtle. There are some remaining ponds on the hill e.g. Rani Talab(Queen’s Pond). There is a viewpoint on the hill called Suicide point, from which if one is lucky one can see the vultures in flight.

One the way back from the fort one can see a gigantic idol of Vishnu lying down, it is also known as Sesh Shai. The word Bandhavgarh means the Fort of Laxman, and the stone carved Shesh Shai also provides further evidence for the origin of this name.

Safari Zone Safari Vehicle Limit  (Morning – Evening)
Tala (Gate-1) 16 – 16
Magdhi (Gate-2) 14 – 14
Khitauli (Gate-3) 14 – 14


Park Safari Timings Morning Safari Evening Safari Time Fort Safari
15 Oct – 15 Feb 07:00 – 10:30 14:00 – 17:30 Sunrise – to – Sunset
16 Feb – 31 Mar 06:00 – 09:30 15:00 – 18:30 Sunrise – to – Sunset
01 Apr – 30 June 06:00 – 09:30 15:30 – 19:00 Sunrise – to – Sunset

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