Bandhavgarh National Park

A Wildlife Treasure

Named after the historic Bandhavgarh Fort, Bandhavgarh National Park is no less than a royal heritage where this ancient fort is known to be the gift to Lakshmana from Lord Rama himself. Along with its historical importance, Bandhavgarh is also the land of Royal Bengal Tigers. You will find a lot of rock paintings and inscriptions in man made caves. Bandhavgarh is a natural habitat to over 250 species of birds, 37 mammal species, and over 80 species of butterflies. Spread over 1536 sq. km, Bandhavgarh National Park has a mix of Sal trees, tropical greens and grasslands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Booking for Monsoon Season in Buffer Zone is Available Now (01 July to 30 September). Booking for Core and Buffer Zone is accepted from 01st October Onwards. You May Reserve Your Seats and Accommodation Now.
Weekdays Core Zones INR 9500 (Indian) | INR 12600(Foreigner) |  
Weekends Core Zones INR 10500(Indian) | INR 13600(Foreigner) | 
Buffer Zones INR  6000(Indian) | INR 6000(Foreigner) |
Timings Morning 06:00 AM to 11:30 AM | Evening 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM (Safari Timing Varies as Season Changes)

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Bandhavgarh National Park is one of India's most renowned wildlife sanctuaries, located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for its rich biodiversity, lush forests, and a significant population of Bengal tigers.

Bandhavgarh National Park is the most visited and tremendously famed tiger palace in Madhya Pradesh located in the Vindhya Hills of Umaria district. The park is recognized as one of the major destination opted for the tiger project on the wage of continuing the essential tiger project in India. by spreading across an area of 105 sq km the name Bandhavgarh has been acquired from the most prominent hillock of the area, flourished with high biodiversity and since the area is filled with large density of tiger population, Bandhavgarh stands among the most regarded national park preferably for tiger tours which is being visited at the best season of 15th of October to till 30th of June.

The history of Bandhavgarh National Park 

  1. Ancient History: Bandhavgarh has a rich historical and cultural past dating back to ancient times. The name "Bandhavgarh" is believed to be derived from two words: "Bandhav" which means brother and "Garh" which means fort. The park gets its name from the Bandhavgarh Fort, which is perched on a hill within the park and has historical significance as it is believed to have been gifted by Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana.

  2. Hunting Reserve: During the British colonial period in India, Bandhavgarh was used as a hunting ground for the British aristocracy. The park was later declared a game reserve in 1968.

  3. Decline in Wildlife: After India gained independence in 1947, the indiscriminate hunting and poaching of wildlife continued in Bandhavgarh, resulting in a significant decline in the tiger population and other wildlife species.

  4. Conservation Efforts: Recognizing the urgent need for conservation, Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968. The park's primary objective was to protect the Bengal tiger, which was critically endangered in the region.

  5. Tiger Reintroduction: In the early 1990s, a successful tiger relocation program was initiated in Bandhavgarh to reintroduce tigers from other areas into the park. This effort significantly contributed to the recovery of the tiger population in the region.

  6. Biodiversity Conservation: Bandhavgarh National Park is not only home to tigers but also hosts a diverse range of wildlife, including leopards, sloth bears, Indian bison (gaur), sambar deer, spotted deer, and numerous bird species. Efforts have been made to protect and conserve the entire ecosystem.

  7. Tourism: Bandhavgarh has become a popular tourist destination, attracting wildlife enthusiasts and photographers from around the world. Safaris and guided tours allow visitors to observe and appreciate the park's natural beauty and wildlife.

  8. Conservation Challenges: Despite its successes, Bandhavgarh faces challenges such as habitat loss due to human encroachment and poaching. Conservationists and park authorities continue to work tirelessly to mitigate these threats.

Bandhavgarh National Park's history is a testament to the transformative power of conservation efforts in restoring the delicate balance of nature. It stands as a beacon of hope for the preservation of India's natural heritage, particularly the majestic Bengal tiger, and serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting our wildlife for future generations.

 

Tourist Places near Bandhavgarh/ Excursions

Kanha - Both Kanha and Pench National Park adjacent to Bandhavgarh are the ideal locations for Rudyard Kipling to craft his most talked, read and watched about novel (story), "The Jungle Book" where the protagonist of the story "Mowgli" still remains on the mind of every reader of this novel. About 255 kms away from Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park is basically known for great visibility of Swamp Deer at the Maikal ranges of Satpura Forest.

Panna - located in the lower southern hills of Satpura ranges, the Panna National Park is best known as one of the major tiger reserves in India, stretching across an area of 542.67 sq km. it is also being famed as 22nd tiger reserve in India.

Pench - the densest area of Madhya Pradesh Jungle, Pench National Park has tremendous wild attractions around its vicinity to explore Gaur, Sambhar, Blue Bulls, Macaque, Langur, Wild Boar, Bear, Wild Dogs, Deer, Leopard, Tigers and Civets.

Khajuraho - Khajuraho, best known for the most famed UNESCO World Heritage site is an incredible group of temples located in Chattarpur, located 280 kms from Bandhavgarh. Known by temple town of Madhya Pradesh famed for erotic and sensual mudras & sculptures also highlights a group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples.

 

Attractions at Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh Fort - People say, this fort is 2000 year old and has been under the control of Maghas dynasties for 20 complete centuries but its pre-history still got its value when we learn that the legend of Ramayana also includes this ancient fort. This is being believed that the fort was being built by Lord Rama during his short stay at the area (jungle) of Bandhavgarh while returning from Lanka. He then gifted this fort to his brother Lakshmana who took the control of this fort to watch the activities of Lanka.
The fort attracts the tourists today with the presence of the ancient ruins of the fort and the nearby temple.

Bandhavgarh Hill - this is the highest hill in the reserve area with an altitude of 807 m and includes around 32 hills. These small hills together with the Bandhavgarh hill form a number of low lying plains and valleys. The Bandhavgarh hill is formed of sandstones and the presence of different streams and springs are the source of water in the region.

Climbers Point - the most appealing place in the Bandhavgarh National Park, Climber's Point brings an aerial view of the entire park which is being flourished with Sal and Bamboo trees. This place is also being surrounded by some of the faunal species like butea superba and bauhinia wahlii for much denser ambience.

Baghel Museum - the Baghel museum is composed of all the personal belongings of Maharaja of Rewa which is being displayed to the visitors to explore the royal and jungle life of Bandhavgarh. The museum also boasts ancient hunting equipments by the Maharajas along with some of the military equipments.

Cheshpur Waterfalls - this is a natural water fall in River Johila, located at a distance of 50 km from Bandhavgarh and is also an ideal location for the tourists to enjoy picnic here.

 

How to Reach

By Air : The nearest Airport for Bandhavgarh National Park is Jabalpur & Khajuraho. Jabalpur 200 Kms / 04 Hrs Drive & Khajuraho 250 Kms / 05 Hrs Drive from Bandhavgarh. The tourists will find regular flights for Jabalpur & Khajuraho from all major airports of India.

By Road : Bandhavgarh National Park is well connected from the nearby town & cities like Jabalpur, Satna, Umaria, Khajuraho etc.

By Train : The nearest railway stations for Bandhavgarh National Park are Umaria & Katni. Umaria is 35 Kms (45 Minutes drive) & Katni is 100 Kms (02 Hrs drive) from Bandhavgarh.

Important Bandhavgarh Tourism Information

Wild Animals in Bandhavgarh

Wildlife lovers find Bandhavgarh to be an exceptional and interesting destination, providing a chance to observe some of India's most distinguished and endangered creatures in their natural surroundings. It is renowned for its abundant Royal Bengal tiger population. Bandhavgarh National Park is also home to Asiatic Elephants, Indian Wild Boars, Sloth Bears, Sambar Deer, Nilgai, Jackals, foxes and many more other wildlife. This park features a range of avian species, including vultures, eagles, and a variety of migratory birds that come to the park during the colder months

.Flora in Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh National Park, situated in the middle Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is renowned for its substantial and varied vegetation. It is home to both deciduous and tropical forests, where trees like sal, teak, and bamboo are present in great numbers. Moreover, the forests are also populated by a variety of flowering plants, such as the Indian lotus with its gorgeous petals and the bright red hibiscus.

 

Most famed floral varieties to revive senses in Bandhavgarh area are :

Saj (Terminalia tomentosa), Tendu, Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Dhaora (Anogeissus latifolia), Salai (Boswellia serrata), Palas (Butea monosperma), Mango (Mangifera indica), Babul (Accasia nilotica), Jamun (Blackberry) (Syzygium Cumini), Ber (Zizyphus mauritania), Banyan (Ficus benghalensis), Dhok (Anogeossis pendula), Dhak or Chila (flame of the forest) {Butea monosperma}, Jamun (Syzygium cumini), Kadam (Authocephalus cadamba), Khajur (Phoenix sylvestris), Khair (Accacia catechu), Lagerstroemia, Boswelia, Bamboo, Pterocarpus, Madhuca and more.


Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh

Exploring Bandhavgarh National Park with a Jeep safari is an exciting and immersive way to see all of the wildlife and scenery the park has to offer. Guests will be driven around the park in an open-top jeep accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who is able to point out and explain the different animals and plants in the area. Jeep safaris are commonly conducted in the morning and afternoon.


Best Time to Visit Bandhavgarh

Most Indian national parks, including Bandhavgarh, are typically closed from July 1st to October 15th due to the monsoon season. The best time to visit the park is from November to March when the scenery is picturesque, the bird population is abundant, and temperatures are in the mid-20°C range. Nonetheless, December and January can be quite chilly in the early hours. April to May is the ideal time to spot tigers since there is little vegetation and the animals have to gather around the few remaining waterholes to drink

 

Bandhavgarh Tour Packages

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.

 

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.