Foray into the forest: Bandhavgarh National Park and its Archaeology
Bandhavgarh National Park is known for its lush biodiversity and its famed resident- the Royal Bengal tiger, and for that reason, is one of the crown jewels of Madhya Pradesh. With a core area of 105 sq. km and a buffer area of about 400 sq. km, it was declared a national park in 1968 and became a tiger reserve in 1993. The Tala segment of Bandhavgarh, the locale of our archaeological exploration, is a tapestry of two high forest clad hills Bandhavgarh and Bandheini, among stretches of flatlands with extensive meadows. The Bandhavgarh hill dominates the landscape with its rectangular plateau on the summit marked by a medieval hill-fort giving it the name. The forest here is a moist tropical deciduous one, dominated by Sal trees, bamboo clumps, and other varieties ranging from woody ficus to the gnarly Indian frankincense.