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Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park consists ofBandhavgarh Wildlife National Park, Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve, best time to visit, park timings, charges, how to get Bandhavgarh, important tips information, Map of Bandhavgarh Wildlife National Park a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. Bandhavgarh National Park is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.

Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a major attraction around the world's zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys.

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the finest national park in the India and has the distinction of harboring the highest concentration of tigers per unit area of forest. The Bandhavgarh National Park is spread over on area of 448 sq km with a cross area of 105 sq km. At the center of the park is the bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level and surrounding it are a sloping valleys, These valleys end in small, swampy meadows locally known as “bohera”.

Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968. Since then many steps have been taken to retain

Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt national habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. These includes gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambhar and spotted deer, among others and of course, the tiger.

This forest nestled among the Vindhya hills came into existence in 1968 when the Maharaja of Rewa handed over the area to the government for it's formation. At the time when it was handed over to the government, the fauna was not faring too well due to the difficulty in the control of poaching. Once this became a protected area, the animal population took a drastic turn and began to flourish. At this time, the entire park covered an area of 106 square kilometers whereas it presently consists of an area of 448 square kilometers. These much required extensions, to the northern and southern areas, of the park were done in 1982. These areas consisted primarily of Sal forests, which is the main tree-cover found in the entire park along with Bamboo. It was finally declared a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1993.

Total Coverage Area: 437 sq. kms / 44,884 hectares/ 168 sq. miles

Established: 1968 as a National Park.

Extended In: Extended in 1986.

Became A Tiger Reserve: In 1993.

 

A Day at Bandhavgarh

Days at Bandhavgarh begin in the early morning; enter the park before sunrise using the Gori Gate or Tala Gate. Initially we will be looking for signs of Tiger movement, pugmarks and listening for the alarm calls of Langur monkeys, Chital and Sambar Deer. If the elephant teams have successfully tracked Tigers, leave jeep and venture deep into the forest by elephant, to gain fantastic close views of Tigers. Back in jeeps, continue game drive before returning to lodge for breakfast. Time is now available to explore the lodge grounds or simply relax. After lunch re-enter the park by jeep looking for wildlife and Tigers. Just before sunset predator activity increases and Tigers, Leopards and Sloth Bears may be spotted. Returning to lodge there is time for a shower before dinner.

When the sunsets wandering Chital Deer, Wild Boar and Jackals, are attracted into the peaceful grounds and the well-established fruit trees attract many resident birds. While nearby the Indian Wolf and Wild Dog have been spotted. As we sip a pre-dinner drink, the evening chorus of the Mottled Wood Owl in the branches of the Sal trees and packs of communicating Jackals begins.

In-between game drives explore forest trails, which lead into thicker jungle and to traditional tribal villages.
 
Best Time to Visit

November to June

 

Park Timings

 

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Park Charges (in Indian Rupees)

 

  Indian Foreigners
Entry Fees 20.00 200.00
Vehicle 100.00 100.00
Still Camera 20.00 20.00
Video Camera 200.00 200.00
Cine Documentary (per day) 12000.00 12000.00
Video Documentary (per day) 6000.00 6000.00
Guide Charges 75.00 75.00
Elephant Safari (per hour - adults) 60.00 300.00
Jeep 650.00 650.00

(Rates are subject to change)

 

How to Get There

 

By Air : Khajuraho is the nearest well connected airport. Indian Airlines flies from Delhi to Khajuraho seven days a week. Jet Airways has a daily connection between Khajuraho-Delhi via Varanasi.

By Rail : The nearest railhead is Umaria located on the Katni-Bilaspur section of South-Eastern Railway. From Jabalpur, a short journey by bus from will take you Tala, near the entrance of the park.

By Road : Bandhavgarh National Park is situated on the Satna-Umaria & Rewa-Umaria highway. Madhya Pradesh State Transport Bus Services are available from Rewa, Satna, Katni and Umaria. Another option is to hire cars from Katni, Umaria, Satna or Bilaspur and hit the bumpy road. The road trip from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh is an interesting one which passes through the Ken river, a crocodile sanctuary. It then moves on to the diamond mining industry of Panna and Satna before branching off on a subsidiary road across the ridges of Vindhyachal to Bandhavgarh.

Distances from Major Cities
Umaria : 35 km
Khajuraho : 270 km
Jabalpur : 190 km
Satna : 120 km
Katni : 102 km

 

Tips & Important Information

  1. The small town of Tala, located near the park, provides most of the basic facilities including vegetable vendors, cigeratte shops, liquor store, a fuel pump and a small hospital with basic medical facilities. The park office is also located here near the northern gate.

  2. The park has four main entrances, Panpatha in the north, Tala in the east (most of the hotels are located here), Dhamokar in the south-west and Khitauli in the west. Two roads, Umaria-Rewa highway and Parasi-Katni road via Khitauli pass through the park.

  3. The best way to track tigers is on an Elephant back. Elephants belonging to the forest department can be booked from the park office near the gate on Umaria road. Be sure to make your bookings well in advance to avoid disappointment.

  4. Watchtowers are located all over the park for animal viewing. The one in Bhadrasila is good for watching Gaur.

  5. A compact pair of binoculars of 7x or 8x magnification is a must-carry along.

  6. The park timings vary according to season, generally depending on the time of sunrise and sunset

  7. You can also travel around the park in your own vehicle, but assisted by a forest department guide.

  8. Jeeps can be rented at the park office. Jeeps enter the park from 6:30 to 10 AM and from 2:30 PM till 6. Only 6 persons + 1 driver + 1 guide are allowed in one jeep.

  9. Shopping options include maps, books and pictures related to the wildlife of the park which can be bought from the souvenir shop at the main entrance of the park.

  10. Do not stroll on the road during night without a source of light and try not to visit the place during Kali pooja as the animals get scared of fire cracker noise and move deeper in to the jungle.

Resorts & Lodges in Bandhavgarh Wildlife Park & Tiger Reserve

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  3. Mewar Camp à

  4. Mahua Kothi à

  5. Bagh Sarai Resort à

  6. Mogli Jungle Resort à

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