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Bandhavgarh

The world-famous national park of India, Bandhavgarh is located at Umaria District of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh spread at the total area of 105 sq. km. and it was officially declared as national park in the year 1968. The most popular larger range of hills is the source of the park’s official name. Bandhavgarh means “Brother’s Fort” in Sanskrit. The area of Bandhavgarh is given by Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep an eye on Lanka, according to the ancient stories.

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There is nothing more exciting and unforgettable than a memorable Bandhavgarh trip where you can explore the lush greens of forested areas that are genuinely the natural abode of varied flora and fauna. It is the land of majestic creatures spotted with jungle safaris, such as the royal Bengal tigers.

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Spread over Vindhya mountain ranges, Bandhavgarh National Park has covered over 400 sq. km of the buffer zone and 105 sq. km of a core area with varied topography of undulating forest, sharp ridges, and open meadows. It is one of the national parks with the highest density of tigers in India. Bandhavgarh was once a hunting ground where Rewa’s White Tigers were first discovered by the Maharaja of Rewa. Today, it is a sanctuary for the tigers and other wildlife species.

Flora
Bandhavgarh National Park is renowned for its highest density of tigers in India. It was once spread over 105.4 sq. km. Now, it has been extended to over 437 sq. km. More than half of the national park is spread over fine Sal trees, and mixed forests are found in higher reaches. It is known for grasslands and bamboo stretches extending towards the north.

Fauna
In 1968, Bandhavgarh received the status as a national park. You can have a great chance to spot tigers along with other mammals like Wild Boar, Jackal, Fox, Nilgai, Barasingha, Chinkara, and Chital.

A guide appointed by the forest department always accompanies the tourists and briefs all the details about flora and fauna in this national park. Visit the national park early morning or in the evening to spot the animals. The park remains closed during monsoons, i.e. from July 1 to October 15.

Bandhavgarh Jungle Safari Timings
Travellers can enjoy jeep safari in three different zones in Bandhavgarh National Park (which we will discuss later). There are limited numbers of vehicles allowed to enter the park in each shift. Open safari jeeps are available for group tours accompanied by a guide. The safari timing varies as per the season. Since the duration of daylight is shorter in winter, morning safari starts late and evening safari ends earlier. The national park opens only from October 16 to June 30. Here are the safari timings –

Bandhavgarh Morning Safari –
October 15 to Feb 15 – 6:30 Hrs to 11:00 Hrs
Feb 16 to March 31 – 6:00 Hrs to 11:00 Hrs
April 1 to June 30 – 5:30 Hrs to 10:00 Hrs

Bandhavgarh Evening Safari –
October 15 to Feb 15 – 14:30 to 17:30 Hrs
Feb 16 to March 31 – 15:00 to 18:00 Hrs
April 1 to June 30 – 16:00 to 19:00 Hrs

Note – Evening safari is closed for visitors Every Wednesday. Both Evening and Morning safaris are closed during Indian festivals.

Here’s what you need to provide for safari booking –
Full name of every passenger
Nationality
Age and Gender
ID proof like Driving License, Aadhar Card, Passport, Voter ID, or PAN card
Also carry the original ID proof to show at the time of entry.

Getting There
Spread over Vindhya Hills, Bandhavgarh National Park has over 105 sq. km of core region and 400 sq. km of buffer zone. There are three options to reach Bandhavgarh -

Road – Bandhavgarh National Park has direct road connectivity from Satna, Maihar, Jabalpur, Khajuraho and Umaria. You can quickly get here by bus or private taxi from these cities.

Train – Umaria and Katni are the closest railway stations to Bandhavgarh. Umaria is located only 45 minutes’ drive (35 km) from here, while Katni is around 100 km from Bandhavgarh.

Air – Khajuraho and Jabalpur are the closest airports to reach Bandhavgarh. You can reach Khajuraho and Jabalpur from all major cities in India, and then you can book a cab or reach there by train or bus.

Best Time to Visit
Bandhavgarh National Park welcomes the tourists every year from October 15 to June 30. Winter is the peak season to visit Bandhavgarh National Park, and October to March are the busy months for the national park. Winter is also the best time if you don’t want to bear summer’s heat. But most of the vegetation is dried from March to May when tiger sighting is relatively easy.

Bandhavgarh Safari Zones

Tala – It is one of the most beautiful and oldest safari zones of Bandhavgarh, and also the most important zone for spotting tigers. You can also visit some of the tourist attractions here like Siddh Baba, Badi Gufa, Chakradhara, 3-Cave Point, and Sita Mandap.

Magadhi (Gate No. 2) – It is full of lush grasslands and dense jungles. It is located in the southeast of Tala zone. Tigers also enter this zone from Magadhi zone. So, the chances of tiger sightings are also high in this zone.

Khitauli (Gate No. 3) – It is located in the west of tiger reserve. Tala and Magadhi zones are located on the right side and Khitauli zone is located on the left side. It is also frequented by tourists for bird-watching.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best zone to visit Bandhavgarh National Park?
Magadhi, Tala and Khitauli are the three crucial zones for tiger spotting in Bandhavgarh. There are also different routes in these safari zones leading you to various tourist attractions.

What is the distance between Bandhavgarh and Jabalpur?
Bandhavgarh is located around 194 km from Jabalpur.

What is the estimated tiger population in Bandhavgarh?
As of 2019, there are around 60 tigers in Bandhavgarh. According to the locals, there can be about 75 adult tigers, excluding cubs.

Are tour guides available for tiger safari?
Yes, every safari vehicle is available with a driver and a naturalist who speak Hindi and English. They have complete knowledge of the jungle and tourist destinations.

How many days do you need to spot tigers in Bandhavgarh?
There is no exact answer to this question. It is all about your luck and timing. Some tourists have spotted tigers on the first day itself. Sometimes you need to spend at least 3-4 nights and regularly go for safaris to spot the tiger. Don’t feel disheartened if you missed the chance to spot a tiger. There are so many flora and fauna species to explore.

What other activities are available apart from safari?
You may also go for bird watching and village tours with our naturalists.

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