Bandhavgarh National Park
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Bandhavgarh National Park

  • Location : 170 kms from Jabalpur, 210 kms from Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 

  • Coverage area : 448 sq km.

  • Main attraction : White Tiger

  • Best time to visit : November to June

  • Nearby excursions : Bandhavgarh fort, Shiv Purana 

  • Nearby cities : Umaria

The name Bandhavgarh has come from a noteworthy hummock located in the Umaria region. Bandhavgarh has been blessed with an immensely large biodiversity, but it is popular and known for having the largest number of tigers in India than any other national park. It also holds the largest population of leopards and many deer species. All these majestic creatures roam freely in the national park, which will make anyone feel awe and ecstatic as very few people have the luck of seeing these elegant and beautiful tigers, specially in their natural habitat.


History of the park

Bandhavgarh has a rich history. It was used by Maharajas for hunting and was maintained by them for the same purpose. Even after 1947, Maharaja of Rewa has hunting rights in the park and there was no protection policy until 1968. After 1968, a national park was formed to safeguard the premises and protect the region.

Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 has also come into force and helped safeguard the boundaries of many national parks, including the Bandhavgarh National Park. Project Tiger that was established in 1972 has also helped to save tigers in the park.


Geographical structure and climate

Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Vindhyan Mountain Ranges, Madhya Pradesh. It has an approximate area of 1598 sq. km and an altitude of 800m (above sea level). The core zone covers an area of 716 sq. km while the buffer zone is almost 820 sq. km. The park is located at the latitude of 23.72154443 and longitude of 81.01888597.

The main zones of Bandhavgarh National Park are Magdhi, Tala and Khitauli. Among the three, Tala has the richest biodiversity, especially tigers.

The temperature ranges from 42 degree to 2 degree Celsius and the region receives an annual rainfall of about 1200mm. The summers starts from end March and goes on till June end. During the summers, the temperature can reach up to 44 degree Celsius. The rain starts pouring by mid-June and winters start from mid-November. During the winters, the temperature can drop to 2 degrees so the visitors need to extra careful and carry warm clothes to protect themselves against the freezing cold.


Best time to visit

The best time to visit Bandhavgarh national Park will be between February to June as the weather is perfect for safaris and tours. The park is closed from 1st July to 15th October.

The time to visit also varies according to the preference and interests of the tourists. You can see various bird species, many of them are migratory, during October to January while you can spot more tigers during the months of April, May and June.


Safari timings

The timings during winters are :

  • Morning From : 6 A.M to 11:00 A.M

  • Afternoon From : 3:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M

The timings during winters are :

  • Morning From : 5:30 to 10:30 A.M

  • Afternoon From : 3:30 to 6:30 P.M


Fauna found in bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh is a tropical region that attracts many species of birds and animal as the climatic conditions are suitable for them. The park has a wide-ranging variety of beautiful species - from birds to trees.

Here is the list of some of the common fauna species found here:

  • Animals - White Tigers, Leopards, Bengal Tigers, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Gaur, Chausingha and Chinkara, Bengal Fox, Asiatic Jackal, Sloth Bear, Grey Mongoose, Ratel, Striped Hyena, Leopards, Jungle Cats, Tigers, Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, etc.

  • Birds - Sarus Crane, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black kite, Black Vulture, Common Peafowl, Egyptian Vulture, Red Jungle Fowl, Parakeet, Dove, Grey Hornbill, White Breasted Kingfisher, Common Teals, etc.

  • Reptiles - Krait, Cobra, Vipers, Python, Rat snakes and various lizard varieties.


Distance from major cities

  • Umaria, 35km

  • Khajuraho, 270 km

  • Jabalpur, 190 km

  • Satna, 120 km

  • Delhi, 978 km

  • Gwalior, 565km

  • Katni, 102 km


How to reach national park ?

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By Air

Khajuraho Airport is the nearest airport from the park. Once can take a flight from major cities like Agra, Delhi and Varanasi to Khajuraho and drive to Tala Park.

By Rail

Umaria is the nearest railway station and is 40 minutes away from the park.

Accommodation

Due to the increase of tourists in the national parks, there have been an impressive development in the hotels, which provide luxurious stay and the area also has many hotels at an affordable price range.

  • Some of the High-end and Luxury resorts are- Syna Tiger Resort, Mahua Kothi, Tree House Hideaway Resort, Bandhav Vilas, Kings Lodge and Infinity Bandhavgarh Wilderness.

  • Some of the standard resorts are- Mogli Jungle Resort, Salvan Resort, Jungle Inn, tiger Inn etc.

Things one must do in bandhavgarh

  • Go on a jeep safari- There is no other way to experience the wilderness than in an open jeep. It is a different kind of an adventure. You can get a glimpse of the wildlife and have a closer look of the same. The Jeep safaris have two shifts of four hours each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. It is better to book jeep safaris prior to your visit as they are in demand.

  • Have a relaxing stay in Bandhavgarh- The Bandhavgarh area is surrounded by nature and has a refreshing and calm ambience, away from the city noise. It is a great place for a getaway and enjoying nature in its raw form.

  • Shop in Bandhavgarh market- Bandhavgarh is much more than its wildlife. You can pick souvenirs, look through various books on wildlife, purchase T-shirts and much more!

  • Visit Bandhavgarh fort- Apart from the national park, the Bandhavgarh fort is also a famous tourist hub. You can also trek to the fort which will take about an hour from the Tala Zone.

  • Visit various places near the national park- There are many tourist spots near the Bandhavgarh National Park as well. So why not visit them too while you are in the area? You can go for a rural tourism in Tala Village and experience the rural way of life, Bamera Dam is a great place to go bird watching and you can also explore the city of Khajuraho, which is popularly known as the temple town.


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