Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh is a rejuvenating and enthralling paradise for travelers who are in search for an escape into the wild. Once the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Rewa, Bandhavgarh is currently one of the most popular National Parks in India having the highest density of tigers in the world. Sandwiched between the enthralling Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges, Bandhavgarh speaks volumes of breathtaking mix of rocky hills and dense green valleys.
Apart from the lush greenery of the forested regions that are incredibly the natural abode of the variant of wild species, catching the amazing glimpses of these majestic creatures are simply incredible.
This green heaven, Bandhavgarh is a place of mythological and legendary importance. The place has extraordinary connection with ancient legends and convictions and the name likewise has ancient values with Ramayana, an old epic from Treta Yuga.
Since Bandhavgarh is one of the most popular wildlife getaways in India, it offers numerous things to do in the reserve.
- Bandhavgarh Fort –
The ancient yet magnificent Bandhavgarh Fort is very significant as it is said to be a gift by Lord Rama to Lord Lakshmana. ‘Bandhav’ which in English implies brother and ‘Garh’ which implies fort, combines to the name, name, Bandhavgarh. The Bandhavgarh fort is scripted with many persuading evidences of human activities and architectural techniques and strangely, the legend tells that the monkeys who built a bridge between Lanka and the mainland were reconstructing the ruined and demolished fort.
- Baghel Museum
The Baghel Museum is a storehouse where all the personal belongings of Maharaja of Rewa are kept intact for display. Apart from this, the museum also gloats ancient military equipment’s along with the hunting equipment’s by the Maharajas.
- Village Tala
One of the most reiterated location the tourist prefer to visit is the Tala Village, which brings the total reflection of an Indian village in the most ethnic way possible. The mud-clustered houses, dwellings, aged sitting on a cot and smoking hookahs are such bewitching scenes that brings a standstill on the fast paced time.
- Mahaman Pond
This place is called the “Place of Quench the Thirst” where the variety of herbivores and carnivores inhabiting the national park can be found to quench their thirst.
There are other places like Kethika which is known as the Pendanus Point where a lump of an aromatic plant called Kewra can be found amidst the supercilious jammu and arjun trees. Bandhavgarh is also home to the “The Giant Cave” called the Bari Gufa which showcase the ancient monument of past. It is being said that the Bari Gufa is possibly the biggest man-made cavern of the reserve dating back to 10th century.
Bandhavgarh National Park
For explorers who are looking to rejuvenate themselves midst nature and wildlife, Bandhavgarh National Park is an immaculate choice.
Situated in Madhya Pradesh, it lies in the Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district. It covers a region of 450 Square Kilometers and is known for its staggering assortment of flora and fauna. It is a home to more than 250 species of birds and 22 unique species of mammals. The vegetation of Bandhavgarh National Park incorporates tall grasslands and thick Sal forest.
Its star attractions incorporate the world famous Bengal tiger, white tiger, panthers, rare species of deer and an immense area that is not only greener than green but also varied in its geography. Not only does it have the highest concentration of Bengal tigers of any park, it is saturated in history, impeccably blending your wildlife and cultural experience.
It is one green destination where you cannot only spot the elusive tiger but also elephants, leopards and rare species of deer. There is also an option of jeep safari. With jeep safari, you can have a zoomed in look of all these majestic animals including the royal Bengal tigers and making a protected and visible glare to these creatures will complete your safari in all true sense. The sight of the majestic tiger, very close and personal, is said to trigger a sense of awe in you, of the sorts you would have just experienced in your days of childhood.
Bandhavgarh National Park has it divided into six major zones-
Among these the Tala zone pulls in more travelers as it offers chances of locating and sighting the tiger. However, the park is majorly inhabited by white tigers but it also provides safe house to several other Indian wild species like Cheetals, Langurs, Bison and Sambars. With its thick forest, bamboo vegetation, immense grasslands along with some enduring streams offers a superb living space for the single predator. It additionally has a tremendous list of different creatures and winged animals that can be seen in the park which incorporates Nilgai, Sambar, Barking Deer, Gaur, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Bengal Fox, Gray Mongoose, Spotted Deer, Palm Squirrel, Small Indian Civet, and Bandicoot Rat. During the spring season, the park is said to be in its full swing. The perfect time to explore wildlife in the park is from January to March.
The scintillating view of Bandhavgarh National Park’s landscape incorporates cliffs, 32 hills, plateaus, and glades. Together with bounty of prey species in tourism areas, its one the best parks to sight Tiger in its full glory.
Jungle Safari in Bandhavgarh:
Open Jeep Safari – An open jeep can accommodate 6 persons, above 5 years of age are counted as one person for safari rides in Bandhavgarh. Jungle safari in Bandhavgarh is accompanied by guide and driver. Morning & Evening Safari’s are booked for tourists.
Canter Safari – Jungle safari on canter is a new concept for Central India national park, this concept is already successful in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Safari canters are introduced in Bandhavgarh, Kanha national park and Pench national park in Madhya Pradesh. It is a open 12 to 24 seater bus. Canter safari tickets are booked through the booking counter at the gate of Bandhavgarh National Park. Online canter safari bookings are not allowed. Morning & Evening Bandhavgarh safari’s are booked in the park.
Full Day Safari – The duration of the safari is from dawn to dusk, and is fifteen minutes more for entry and exit then the regular permits. The tourists aiming for full day safari have to make a deposit with the forest department of ten thousand rupees. The Bandhavgarh National park permits zone and route free entry besides the extra timings.
Elephant Safari – We call it Elephant Joy ride or Elephant safari and is allowed in tala zone in Bandhavgarh, Elephant safari has gained popularity among wildlifers, they travel to Bandhavgarh National park to appreciate the beauty of the forest and the glorious beast of Bandhavgarh. Elephant safari makes the tour more enjoyable and complete. The chances of Tiger sightings are high during elephant safari in Bandhavgarh Tala zone. For the professional photographers and filming this is the blessing as it offers half day safari. This is booked first cum first basis.
Park Safari Timings :
|Park Safari Timing||15th October to 15th Feb||16th Feb to 31st March||01st April to 30th June|
|Morning Shift||06:30 Hrs to 11:00 Hrs||06:00 Hrs to 11:00 Hrs||05:30 Hrs to 10:00 Hrs|
|Afternoon Shift||14:30 Hrs to 17:30 Hrs||15:00 Hrs to 18:00 Hrs||16:00 Hrs to 19:00 Hrs|
Jeep safari in Bandhavgarh are open from 1st Oct till 30th June every year. This is applicable for 3 entry zones. The other 3 zones are open through out the year.
Safari timing is Bandhavgarh is sole discretionary power of Park management & may change anytime as per situation.
National parks in MP are closed on Wednesday evening for Jungle safari all across the state. National park is closed in the month of March on Holi festival day.
Government ID Proof is mandatory for Bandhavgarh safari bookings.
How to reach Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve:
By Air: Varanasi, Khajuraho, Jabalpur & Raipur flight connectivity are recommended to reach Bandhavgarh National park.
By Train: From Umaria, Katni, Jabalpur and Raipur are closest Railway stations to reach Bandhavgarh National Park.
Following things are advisable things to carry during travel to National Park in Bandhavgarh
- Sun-glasses, Hat or cap, proper foot wear.
- Good-quality camera is essential to capture the memories of wildlife Jungle safari in Bandhavgarh.
- Earth color clothing to be worn, avoid wearing shiny clothes.
- Binoculars to have a clear sightings from a distance.
Bandhavgarh Tour Packages –