‘Two old castles stand atop a hill, guarded by thick forests and the tiger’s will.’
One of the first national parks to come under the umbrella of ‘Project Tiger’, Betla National Park boasts of natural splendour. In fact, it’s right there in the name, Betla is an acronym for Bison, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Axis-axis. Spread across an area of 226 sq km in the Latehar district of Jharkand, this national park occupies a part of the Chotanagpur plateau and is part of a larger Palamu Sanctuary. It provides shelter to an immense variety of fauna. The prime attraction at Betla is observing wildlife at close range. An interesting fact is the presence of two historical forts within the national park. One was established in the 16th century under the rule of the then Chero kings and stands deep within the forest at an altitude of 400 ft. The other one i.e., stands atop a hill with three main gates. Inside the park, you can also find waterfalls and hot springs.
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