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Shubhyatra >> Madhya Pradesh Yatra >> Bandhavgarh National Park


District : Umaria District of Madhya Pradesh
Location : 280 kms from Khajuraho, 170 kms from Jabalpur
Famous For : Tigers, Sloth Bear
Famous Jungle Activity : Tiger Safari
Tourists on a Safari in Bandhavgarh Jungles
Tourists on a Safari in Bandhavgarh Jungles

Extinct Rhinoceros in Assam

To See : Tigers, Rhesus Macaque, Porcupine, Langur, Golden Jackal, Indian Gazelle, Bengal Wolf, Fox, Ratel, Sloth Bear, Ruddy Mongoose, Small Indian Civet, Common Palm Civet, Leopard, Tiger, Wild Boar, Indian Muntjac, Sambar Nilgai, Gaur, Indian Pangolin, Northern Palm Squirrel, Hare, Chital, Four-horned Antelope, Black-buck .
Best Time To Visit : February - June (Closed 1 July-31 October).
Timings : 6 am to 10 am (Morning), 3 pm to 6 pm (Evening).
What To Do : Tiger Spotting on Elephant Safari, Shopping for Souvenirs from the Shops Located outside the Park.
Fact : It was considered a good omen for a Maharaja of Rewa to shoot 109 Tigers. Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh shot 111 Tigers by 1914.
Don't Miss : Visiting the Kalchuri Archaeological Museum Housing Many Historical Items.
Getting Around : Bandhavgarh Fort Inside the Park, Ghapudi Dam – 10 kms, Bhamera Dam – 20 kms, Kalchuri Archaeological Remains.
Inside Tip : Do not try to Attract the Wilds as it Could  be Dangerous. Make use of Your Binoculars to have a Clearer View of Various Activities of the Jungle.
Important Distances : Khajuraho – 273 kms, Jabalpur – 164 kms, Katni – 102 kms, Satna – 120 kms, Umaria – 35kms.
Safari : Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari
Safari Timings : Morning  - 6 to 9, Evening  - 3 to 6.
Staying Options : Nature Heritage Resort, Tiger's Den Resort, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge, White Tiger Forest Lodge, Tiger Trails Safari Lodge and Maharaja Royal Retreat.
Getting There : Air - Khajuraho is the nearest airport available, from where the Bandhavgarh park is a five hour drive (273kms) Through the Ken river and Panna town.
Rail - The Nearest Railway Station from Bandhavgarh is Jabalpur (164kms), Katni (102kms) and Satna (120kms ) and Umaria (35kms). Jeeps are Available for Transfer of the Tourist to the Park. 
Road - The Park can be Reached from Jabalpur, Satna, Katni, Umaria, Bilaspur and Khajuraho. State Transport Buses are Available.

Bandhavgarh National Park Tiger's Habitat

Bandhavgarh National Park in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh is has spellbinding location between the Vindhayas and Satpura mountain ranges. Covering an area of approximately 437 sq. kilometer, this wetland plateau is the terrain of the beautiful and timid animals to the most ferocious of tigers. Once been the personal hunting ground of Maharaja of Rewa, this wildlife  region is remembered for the majestic white Tiger, who was named as Mohan. This tiger, now stuffed to be displayed on the wall of the palace of Rewa King. The credit of initiating the breed of the captive white tiger goes to this very tiger. Known to be having the highest concentration of tigers in the country, this forest was declared as a national park in the year 1968 and then on strenuous efforts have been taken by the government to preserve it.
Sal is one tree than can be found in abundance while there are mammoth stretch of Bamboo forest and grasslands. The lush vegetation provides an excellent opportunity to the animals to hide away from the human gaze. The national park attracts huge amount of tourist participation,  a visit to the park will give you a chance to decamp from the prosaic life of the city and towns. Pamper yourself with a little spice in the monotonous life.

Extinct Rhinoceros in Assam

Welcome to Kingdom Animalia

Already celebrated for the presence of tigers in the park, if Dame Fortune is accompanying you then one can sight 46 to 50 tigers in this very forest. Though boast of being the home of the white tigers, today these white tigers have more or less become elusive. Visiting the national park will be an experience of treating your eyes, Wherever you will look, there will surely be some activity going on that will make your visit special.
This nation park houses more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Langoors and Rhesus Monkey following the trend were perhaps the earliest inhabitant of the forest. Distinct varieties of fox and Hyenas can also be spotted. Sloth Bear is another most embraced animal. Illustrious varieties of deers are also spectacle. List of carnivores menu includes the Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, sloth bear, ratel, gray mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard. the horned and hoofed animals frequently sighted are sambar, wild pigs, palm squirrel, spotted deer, chausingha, nilgai, chinkara and gaur. Mammals such as dhole, the small Indian civet, and lesser bandicoot rat can also be seen occasionally.

Entrance To Bandhavgarh Fort
Entrance To Bandhavgarh Fort

Feathery Topping of Bandhavgarh National Park

Bird watching is another activity one can enjoy when you are in the Bandhavgarh. Diving kingfishers, humped Herons, or even the deadly vultures and buyout eagles are the most common birds you will notice. However, this park has some of the rare species of birds that due to migration can be viewed. Some of the birds that one can witness are Little Grebe, Egret, lesser Adjutant Sarus Crane, Black Ibis, Lesser Whistling Teal, White-eyed Buzzard, Black Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Common Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Dove, Parakeets, Kingfishers and Indian Rollers.
Reptiles too like the dangerous Pythons, Cobra, Krait, Viper, Rat-snake along with the timid turtel can also be found.

Extinct Rhinoceros in Assam

The Way to Enjoy and Explore the Forest

Perhaps the use of Jeep to explore the wildlife is all comprehensive, and is the most easy way to reach the remotest corner of the jungle. However, the Bandhavgarh National Park offers its tourists to enjoy a phenomenal experience of delving into the forest on an elephant. Truly a remarkable way to enjoy the royal safari earlier the liberties enjoyed only by the kings. The elephant safari proves very beneficial in tracking tigers and is exclusively done in the morning as these predators start their day with a hunt. Outside the park there is a small shop from where one can buy souvenirs and books, maps and T-Shirts.

Bandhavgarh Other Attractions Has Something More to Offer

Once you are through with hedonism attained in viewing the wildlife, Madhya Pradesh does not allows you to rest. The great wilds of the region are very popular for its archaeological remainders of the Kalchuri period. This town derives its name from the fort located in the national park, the Bandhavgarh Fort, it is believed to have been the sojourn place of Lord Rama. Ostensible to have been built some 20,000 years age, this fort is 124 kms from Jabalpur. The view of the park from the fort is spectacular, the visit to the fort is a must while on your jungle safari trip to Bandhavgarh. Kalchuri Archaeological Remains is kept intact in a museum that holds the remains of history within its walls. This is another destination that is a must visit.

Best Time to Visit - Visit When the Sun Wakes Up

The best time to visit the Bandhavgarh National park is either during dawn or in late afternoon. Three hours jeep Safari is allowed two times during the day. One at 7 in the morning and the other at 3 in the afternoon as during this part of the day the animals are indulging into activities hunting for their prays or resting with their young one near the water holes. Though the park is open from October to June, the best time to visit is from January to April. From July to August the park remains closed due to the onset of the rainy season. The timings of the safari vary during winter and summer and the same applies to the entry trimmings.

Get Your Ways

Nearest airport is at Khajuraho, which is a seven to eight hour journey. Umaria after Katani railway station is the nearest railway station. Umaria which is a 30 min drive from the park, provides bus services as well.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bandhavgarh

Tourists As Seen in Bandhavgarh

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright
The rich and vibrant culture of Madhya Pradesh is most effectively conveyed by the arts and crafts of the region. The age old traditions have very well been carried and maintained by the new generation. Experiencing the craftsmanship of this region while standing on the very land is a unique experience.

Flora & Fauna Spice in the Dish Called Life
With 22 species of mammals and 250 breeds of birds inhabiting this park, come and enjoy this world where only the fittest survives. This barbarism, where one animal eats the other, is the law of nature and one can view this breaching here.

Elephant Safari for Gallivanting
Bandhavgarh offers its visitors to grab the chance to enjoy the elephant ride and exploring the forest at the same time. This elephant ride paves way for viewing the tiger in much better light. Use of elephant for conveyance is a very popular option among the tourists.

Wildlife is Not All
Once you are in the premises of the national park, do not miss to enjoy the Bandhavgarh Fort, and the Kalchuri Archaeological Remains. View the entire jungle domain from the fort top of about 800m high, the view is just splendorous.

Shopping in Bandhavgarh Park
From outside the park, there is a small shop, from where one can buy souvenirs, caps, T shirts books and maps. Besides the everlasting memory, you will surely love to take along a reminder in a crude form. Buy the shirts with tigers printed on them. They will be an asset for your wardrobe.

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