Formerly a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa, this National Park is world-renowned as a tiger reserve.
The Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is a beautiful forest with wildlife and vegetation in abundance. Bandhavgarh is known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world and the frequent sightings of royal tigers make this national park a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts. In 2012, around 44-49 tigers were living in the park. There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of avifauna.
Among the carnivores, Tigers, Asiatic jackals, foxes, sloth bears, ratels, gray mongoose, striped hyenas, jungle cats, and leopards are found here. Deer, monkeys, Wild boars, Nilgai, Chinkara, and Gaur, are also found here. A jeep safari into the park can take for a ride through adventure and enjoyment. The park got its name from the Bandhavgarh fort situated at the height of 800 m high cliffs nearby. The fort is in ruins now, but an hour trek to the fort is worth it as it provides a generous view of surroundings.
Bandhavgarh has a lot of accommodation options from budget hotels to high-end resorts. You can stay in one of the resorts inside the reserve as well.
Picturesque landscape. Has the highest number of tiger density in the world. Fittest topography. Easy access, as it is centrally located.
Spotting of the tiger is not 100% sure. In monsoons, the national park remains closed for three months.
Bandhavgarh National Park is ideal for family trips. It is also perfect for the ones who are looking for adventure and want to experience the wilderness.
Day 1: Reach Umaria station (closest to Bandhavgarh) early morning. A 30-minute drive will take you to the land of tigers. Upon arrival, check into the resort. Relax in the morning. After lunch, take an evening safari to explore the wildlife and stay overnight at the resort.
Day 2: Gear up for morning and afternoon safari into the wildnerness. See the bandhavgarh fort, 3 cave point, shesh shaiya etc. Overnight stay at Bandhavgarh.
Day 3: Take an elephant safari in the morning and enjoy the forest in its absolute and pure form. After lunch, you can visit the nearby tribal village for leisure.
Jeep Safari and Elephant Safaris are available in the park.
Bandhavgarh boasts the highest number of tigers regarding density. Compared to other national parks, the probability of spotting a tiger is way too high here. The park has three gates, which are - Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli.Out of these three, Tala gate is the most select and expensive gate. The ones who are keen on watching birds can opt for the Magadhi entrance. Being an absolute adventurer's delight, this park never disheartens its visitors because it offers a wide variety of flora and fauna. The list of fauna in Bandhavgarh is - White Tiger, Royal Bengal tiger, Rhesus monkeys, spotted deer, barking deer, sloth bears, leopards, jackals, mongoose, wild pigs, jungle cats, etc. The flora is typically dry and deciduous type with mostly sal and bamboo trees being dominant in the forest. A lot of resorts are there in Bandhavgarh, making the stay memorable and comfortable. Though, during the peak time bookings have to be made in advance. Resorts provide visitors attractive discounts during the summers.
October to May is the ideal time for visiting the national park. Unlike any other national park, there are three types of safaris offered by the authorities - jeep, canter and elephant. Jeep and canter safaris are more popular among the tourists because it is easily available and cheaper than the elephant safari. Elephant safaris are considered safer and much more adventurous because the majestic mammal takes the visitors very close to the tiger if spotted. Since its costly and requires more formalities to be completed, it is not accessible to every tourist.
With not too many options available, you can find typical Indian cuisine in this area along with popular items of Continental and Chinese cuisine. The local delicacies of Madhya Pradesh that you might find here include Dal Bafla, Biryani, Kebabs, Korma, Poha, Rogan Josh, Jalebi, Ladoos as well as beverages like Lassi and Sugarcane Juice.
- Get your accommodation in advance and book safaris well in time.
- Keep in mind the timings of the park. The park is closed between July and September and the visiting hours are during day hours only.
- Wear comfortable and light colored clothes
- Maintain the rules and regulations of the National Park.
- Elephant safaris are the safest for tiger tours.
- Make sure that a forest guard is with you all the time to ensure your safety.
- Carry binoculars and cameras
- Carry a photo identity card with yourself all the time
By Rohit Shroff
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