Bandhavgarh National Park has many reasons to attract tourists from everywhere but Bandhavgarh Fort is definitely the most fascinating amongst all. It is the oldest Indian fort and has ancient significance. The fort unfolds the story of Shri Rama from Ramayana, where Lord Rama after defeating Ravana, stayed at this place on his way back to his state and built this fort for his brother Lakshman.
The term Bandhavgarh is derived from two separate words, Bandhav meaning brother and Garh means fort. It is spread in an area of 582 acres and is around 811 m above sea level. The fort also has been associated with many ruling dynasties such as Solanki, Vatak, Kalchuri and more. This artistic place has two ways of entering, a jeep track or through a footpath. Shesh Saya, a statue of Lord Vishnu can be seen after entering the for which is why tourists usually prefer the footpath.
Bandhavgarh Fort is also full of temples depicting the reincarnations of Lord Vishnu and one has a carving of Lord Ganesha. Within the territory of the fort, one can find lush greenery along with many small lakes which prove to be large reservoirs for turtles. Along with this, there are man-made caves with rock paintings and inscriptions. The most favourable time to visit the fort is summer.
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