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Bandhavgarh National park

Bandhavgarh National park: visiting the wild tiger country

Today let us go to explore the intriguing mysteries of life in the untamed national park in the heart of India - Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh national park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh. The mysteries of Bandhavgarh fort is such that people from across the globe come to witness its miraculous architecture and feel the mysterious vibe of the place. Added to the mystery of Fort is the thought of spotting a tiger in the wilderness of Bandhavgarh National Park.

Bandhavgarh National park

History of Bandhavgarh National Park

The place has many ancient stories related to it. The place is associated with Ramayana as according to the Narad Panch Ratra and the Shiv Purana that Lord Rama gifted this amazing fort to his younger brother Lakshmana. Thus comes the name Bandhav+ Garh where Bandhav means brother and Garh means Fort.

The hilltop where fort or garrison is located narrates a story which goes back to 2nd & 3rd century when the region was under Magh rulers. After Magh dynasty, the region was controlled by Sengar dynasty and later Kalchuris in the 9th century. The Kalchuris were fond of art & sculpture and during their tenure; many temples and monuments were made in Baghelkhand. The region was later gifted to Mughals.

Geography of Bandhavgarh National Park

The Bandhavgarh National Park dwells around the Umaria-Shahdol district surrounded by the Satpura mountain range. Residing in the extreme northeastern border of Madhya Pradesh with the latitude and longitude are 23°30' to 23°46' N and 80° 11' to 36°E; Bandhavgarh National Park is the true tourist attraction gem for Madhya Pradesh. The reserve is flourished with 32 hills with a large natural fort in the centre of the park (can you imagine how breath-taking the view would be?). The altitude variation if the park is in between 410 meters (1,345 ft) to 810 meters (2,657 ft).

The Bandhavgarh National Park spans across an area of about 1161 sq. km but the tourists are restricted to an area of 105 sq km of the park which can be called as the Tala Range.

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The climate of Bandhavgarh National Park

The rich biodiversity spot experiences moderate climate. Summer rules the Bandhavgarh national park from April to June, presenting the hardship of straight sunlight and heat waves. During peak summer, maximum temperature can reach up to 45 degree Celsius.

Monsoon envelops the place by the end of June. The monsoon clouds arrive and pour good rainfall from July to October. The park is closed for visitors during this time.

The winter season in Bandhavgarh National Park starts from November and prevails till March during which morning temperature dips to 5°C and day temperature remains near 18°C.

Best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park

The park remains open from 16th October till 30th June and welcomes thousands of tourists during this time. For rest of the year, the park is closed for visitors. Also, the park remains closed for evening safari drive on every Wednesday. But the true flavour of the trip to Bandhavgarh National Park can be enjoyed in the months of October to April.

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How to reach Bandhavgarh National Park?

The sprawling national park has a well-developed road network spanning around it. You can reach Bandhavgarh National Park by means of air, road or train.

  • By air – The nearest airport for reaching Bandhavgarh is the Jabalpur Airport, about 200km away. The airport is well-connected to major airports like Delhi and Mumbai. Taxi services are available from this airport to the Bandhavgarh National Park, which is about 4.5 hours' drive away from here.
  • By rail – The nearest railway stations for reaching Bandhavgarh are Umaria station (37kms/45mins), Katni railway station (100kms/02:00hrs) and Jabalpur railway station (180kms/4:00hrs). Taxi and bus services are available from all these railway stations to reach Bandhavgarh National Park.
  • By road – The adventure of a road trip is unforgettable and Bandhavgarh is best accessible by road. Tourists can avail regular and bus services available from nearby cities like Umaria and Bandhavgarh.
  • Best Places to stay near Bandhavgarh National Park

    A lot of accommodations are available for tourists to relish their trip to Bandhavgarh National Park.

    Bandhavgarh National park

    Here we have listed a few of the popular hotels and resorts to make your trip memorable:

    • MahuaKothi
    • Samode safari lodge
    • Treehouse Hideaway
    • Kings Lodge
    • Bandhav Vilas
    • Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge
    • Tiger Den
    • Aranyak resort
    • Nature Heritage
    • Bandhavgarh Meadows
    • Wild Haven
    • Sun Resort
    • Jungle King
    • Flora of Bandhavgarh National Park

      The reserve is divided into four main zones – Tala, Magadhi, Panpatha and Khitauli. Tala is the richest zone in terms of biodiversity.

      The Bandhavgarh National Park is basically a Sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes, gradually changing to the mixed deciduous forest on the hills and in the hotter drier areas of the park in the south and west.

      The land boasts of amazing variety of Flora which includes - Saj (Terminaliatomentosa), Tendu, Arjun (Terminaliaarjuna), Amla (EmblicaOfficinalis), Dhaora (Anogeissuslatifolia), Salai (Boswelliaserrata), Palas (Buteamonosperma), Mango (Mangiferaindica), Babul (Accasianilotica), Jamun (Blackberry) (SyzygiumCumini), Ber (Zizyphus Mauritania), Banyan (Ficusbenghalensis), Dhok (Anogeossispendula), Dhak or Chila (flame of the forest) {Buteamonosperma}, Jamun (Syzygiumcumini), Kadam (Authocephaluscadamba), Khajur (Phoenix sylvestris), Khair (Accacia catechu), Lagerstroemia, Boswelia, Bamboo, Pterocarpus, Madhuca and more.

      Fauna of Bandhavgarh National Park

      The national park is an abode for tremendous counts of wildlife species. The park boasts of 37 species of mammals, over 250 species of birds and about 80 species of butterfly. One can spot several species including Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard, Tiger, Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chinkara and Gaur, Dhole, the small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot Rat, Gaur, Common Langurs and Rhesus Macaque. How can we forget the beast of the Jungle – the Royal Bengal Tiger? It is the main attraction of the Bandhavgarh National Park.

      Activities and Safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park

      The land of Royal Bengal Tigers has a lot to explore from caves to ruins of ancient architecture; from inscription to rock paintings the Bandhavgarh National Park trigger a sense of awe in you.

      The tourists have two options to of getting about in the park - Jeep safari or elephant safari.

      Jeep safari -

      Majority of tourists rely on jeep safari drives as it is affordable and less costly than Elephant Safari. Two types of jeep safari modes are offered to tourists at Bandhavgarh National Park i.e. Full-jeep safari and Single seat safari modes. Full-jeep safari mode means you have to book complete safari jeep. In this mode, you will be accompanied by a safari guide and driver only. In Single seat safari mode, you may book a seat in a jeep i.e. sharing mode. In such drives, you will be accompanied by other tourists also. It is cheaper than full-jeep safari mode. Taking the guide service, during each safari drive is mandatory. Safaris are done on three major safari zones of Bandhavgarh National Park i.e. Talazone, Magadhi Zone and Khitauli zone. Jeep safaris can best be undertaken from dawn until about 10 am and from about 4 pm until dusk, as the animals are most active during these periods.

      Elephant Safari –

      The sad part is that the elephant ride is very costly and not easy to book. Make sure you book your elephant safari in advance. Elephant safari is best to get closer to them more safely and noticing their rapid movements. Elephant safari can be availed when the forest department uses elephants every morning for Tiger-tracking.

      Winter Safari Timings:

      • Morning - 6:00-11:00am (5hrs)
      • Afternoon - 3:00-6:00pm (3hrs)

      Summer Safari Timings:

      • Morning - 5:30-10:30am (5hrs)
      • Afternoon - 3:30-6:30pm (3hrs)

      Note – don't forget to carry your identity proof like Passport, Driving License, PAN Card or Voter ID Card.

      Apart from all the thrill at the Bandhavgarh National Park relish a Stay around Bandhavgarh for a thrilling experience and enjoy your visits to famous tourist attraction like Bandhavgarh Fort (2000 years old), Bandhavgarh Hill, Climbers Point, Baghel Museum, Cheshpur Waterfalls, Jwalamukhi Temple, SheshShaiya, BadiGufa and Three Cave Point among others.

      You can trek to Bandhavgarh fort to add adventure to your trip. Wait don't forget to do some Shopping in Bandhavgarh Market.