Bandhavgarh National Park is considered to have one of the highest densities of Bengal Tigers not only among all Tiger Reserves in India but across the world. Declared as a National Park in 1968, Bandhavgarh National Park's core and buffer zones are spread over 1131 square kilometres and is one of the most popular National Park in India. It was declared as a Tiger Reserve under "Project Tiger" in 1993 and is home to a number of wildlife species.
Bandhavgarh (Bandhav+Garh) means Brother's Fort in Sanskrit. It got its name from a hill named Bandhavgarh which as per Hindu mythology was given by Lord Ram to his brother Lakshman to keep a vigil at Lanka where Ravan had hidden Sita after kidnapping her during their Vanvaas. The park also houses the 2500 years old Bandhavgarh Fort in the heart of the forest with ruins of arches, temples and manmade caves. Locals also believe that renowned poet and saint Kabir had taken shelter in one such manmade cave for meditation. Also, when Sher Shah Suri invaded India, Mughal emperor Humayun had sent his pregnant wife to hide in Bandhavgarh Fort.
Like any other tropical forests, Bandhavgarh also experiences extreme weathers with temperature ranging from 22°C to 44°C in summers and from 0°C to 32°C in winters. The park remains closed for tourists from 1st July to 15th October every year during monsoons.
Where is bandhavgarh national park in india?
A magnificent trip to Bandhavgarh will definitely take you to the greenery of forest. It is spread at Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh, consists of a core area of 105sq km plus approx. 400sq km of buffer area. It is declared as a national park in 1968.
When to visit bandhavgarh national park?
Bandhavgarh National Park is open from the 1st October to 15th June every year. So this is the best time to visit to the National Park, as per the climate of the central part of India, October to March is the peak season for the park to visit. Peak season also means that everyone who is into wildlife will try and confirm their bandhavgarh national park online booking for this once in a lifetime wildlife experience. As bandhavgarh’s popularity grew so did the visitors and with that some really good hospitable bandhavgarh resorts to choose from – for the visitors.
When was bandhavgarh national park established?
Bandhavgarh has been flourished from various significant historical legends and most of them have been learnt from the legends of Ramayana. We can learn through the ancient books of the Narad Panch Ratra and the Shiv Purana that this place is being associated with Ramayana. It is the combination of two words: Bandhav+ Garh : Bandhav means Brother and the word Garh means Fort.
Bandhavgarh is home to a large number of wildlife species including the Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Foxes, Jackals, Sloth Bears and Chinkaras. Other species found here include Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Hyena, Wolves, Langurs, Wild Boars, Wild Cats and Mongoose. Indian Gaur has been recently reintroduced after the park lost all its Gaur population due to some disease. Various species of Reptiles and Snakes also inhabit the park in large numbers. The stories of the popular Tigers of the world including Banka, the ever remembered Charger - the aggressive Tiger, Sita - the most photographed Tigress in the world, Mohini, Langru, B2, Kankatti and the dominating males Bamera, Blue Eyes and Mukunda will bind you so close that they tend to become your family friends.
Bandhavgarh National Park is popular not only for its fauna but is also very popular among the Bird Watchers. The vegetation of the lush green forest filled with Sal trees and Bamboos with streams of water makes it a perfect habitat to various species of birds. Over 250 species of birds can be spotted flying across the park and it is believed that no Bird lover returns from Bandhavgarh without watching or learning something new about these admirable flying creatures.
Sighting of Tigers is not a rare phenomenon in Bandhavgarh and just one glance of the majestic big cat changes the childhood perception about the Tiger depicted as the nasty Sher Khan of the Mogli's jungle. Sighting a Tiger in the wild is an experience, which people carry with them for their lifetime. We assure you that the memories of the jungle safari passing through the Siddhbaba temple, Chakradhara meadows, Sheshsaiya - the reclining statue of Lord Vishnu, Badi Gufa, Sita Mandap, Mahaman, Bandhaini Hills, Sukha Dam, Bhitri, Mirchahani, Aamanala, Ghorademon, Raj Behra, Charger Point and the road to the Fort entices guests to return to Bandhavgarh back again.
Less than 10% of Bandhavgarh National Park is open for tourists and Wildlife Safari is allowed in registered open gypsys in pre-set routes. For the tourists, the park is divided into 3 zones - Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is famous for its Jungle Safari in open jeep/gypsy and elephant for which the bandhavgarh national park booking has to be done in advance. For gypsy safari, the park permits entry only after sunrise and exit before sunset and so the timings tend to change with the season. In winters, the morning safari is conducted from around 6.15 am to 10.15 am and the evening safari is from around 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. During summers, the morning safari is conducted from around 5.15 am to 9.15 am and the evening safari is from around 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. During the jungle safari in the forest, every jeep/gypsy is accompanied by a trained naturalist / guide who helps the guest interpret the jungle. Elephant safari is organized occasionally by the forest department during the morning safari in the Tala zone. Permits for Elephant safari are issue on a selective basis depending upon the Tiger sightings and is subject to availability. Special permits are selectively issued for whole day jungle safari in which 1 photographer and 2 assistants escorted with a guide and driver are allowed to stay inside the jungle for the whole day. A whole day safari works a little heavy on the pocket, but is a photographer's delight providing undisturbed access to wildlife in core areas of the jungle. To sum up the eventful day quite a few bandhavgarh resorts are been setup with world class amenities to make sure that the vacation will be one of the most memorable ones.
Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is around 200 Kms from Jabalpur, 95 Kms from Katni and 35 Kms from Umaria.
Air: Jabalpur & Khajuraho are the nearest airports to Bandhavgarh
Rail: Jabalpur and Katni are the main junctions and the nearest is Umaria station (32 kms.)
Road: Jabalpur - 4 hours (220kms), Khajuraho - 6 hours (280kms), Kanha - 7 hours (300kms), Katni - 2 hours 30 minutes (102kms), Satna - 2 hours 30 minutes (150kms), Umaria - 45 minutes (32kms)