Bandhavgarh has an array of wildlife and an extraordinary history. Set on a 560 acre plateau with cliffs of up to 240m, the Bandhavgarh Fort dominates the park. Halfway up the south face is a large monolithic stature of a reclining Vishnu known as the Seshshai. The fort features towering water tanks carved out of volcanic rock and ancient ruined temples dating back from the 11th century. At the base of the fort are a series of manmade caves that boast 1st century Bahami inscriptions across the walls. Once the retreat of ascetics, it now houses shadowy bats and other sooty wildlife.
Merging into the rugged mountainous terrain the unkempt fort is hardly visible to a casual onlooker. Once towering and proud, it stood as a self-appointed guard to one of the world’s grandest, most highly populated tiger habitats.
Residing on a lusciously green expanse the fort was designed replicating the medieval city of Shahjahanbad. Displaying four enormous wooden gates in every direction, lavishly carved miniature waterfalls and embellished temples lend an air of serenity and calm to the hushed space.
Bandhavgarh Fort is an extraordinary place to visit and to glimpse into the intriguing history. As you meander through the green vegetation observe the imprints of human establishments that are dispersed in the Bandhavgarh forest. These take the form of man-made caves, sculpture art, rock-cut rooms, huge statues, water reservoirs and temples.