Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks have much more to offer than just tigers. The tigers are the main tourist draw and it was the main reason we came here but they aren’t the only attraction. Both parks are different and I’ll go over some of the best non-tiger things that Bandhavgarh has to offer first.
The most obvious non tiger things to do in Bandhavgarh is to photograph the many other animals. My favorite pictures came from the plethora of bird sightings which I posted about earlier but there were also plenty of deer, wild boar, and langur monkeys to search for. Sometimes you didn’t have to search that hard as was the case in the langur monkey roadblock.
Langur Monkey Roadblock
There is also the Bandhavgarh fort which makes for a nice afternoon hike (or a extraordinarily strenuous climb if you asked our guide Talat). You can have your guide arrange to visit the fort in between your morning and afternoon game drives. It can get pretty hot in the middle of the day so be prepared. Also have you lodge pack a lunch for you because the views from the top of the hill are the perfect backdrop for a picnic.
View from Bandhavgarh Fort
Talat struggling on the long way around to Bandhavgarh Fort
The climb to the top of the fort wasn’t that bad but it was a little bit of hike. For my marathon running wife she bounced up like it was nothing. However, if you’re an out of shape photographer that spends most of his time sitting in the back of jeep taking photos of tigers then it could be a bit of a challenge.
If you hire Talat from Wild Life Photo Tours for your India safari make sure to say Nathan recommended to hike to the top of the Bandhavgarh fort. He’ll think that its a great idea If he doesn’t thank you then I’m sure his wife will thank you for giving him som exercise… sorry Talat… I just had to mention this.
Talat passing out after finally making it to the top
The views from up here were great. There was also a vulture nest on the side of the cliff I tried to take a photo of. Unfortunately, it was just a little to far away to get a decent shot with the lens I brought up with me.
Nathan at the top of Bandhavgarh Fort
There were also some pretty cools ruins to explore on your way up to the fort. The first one is a big statue of Lord Vishnue reclining on a seven headed serpent. You can see the pics of the others below. All in all, it was a nice break from the game drives and I recommend a trip to the top of Bandhavgarh Fort.
Read more about Bandhavgarh and Kanha after the break.