Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the popular national parks in India located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968, with an area of 105 km. sq. The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals 820 km. sq. The park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which was said to be given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka (Ceylon). Hence the name Bandhavgarh (meaning "Brother's Fort").
This park has a large biodiversity. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The forests of Bandhavgarh are where the world famous white tigers were initially discovered and the origin of all the white tigers in the world can be traced to these forests. The park has also a large breeding population of leopards, and various species of deer.