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Bandhavgarh National Park

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"The Tiger's Den"

Bandhavgarh National Park Tourism

Formerly a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa, the Bandhavgarh National Park is world-renowned as a tiger reserve and it is known to have the highest density of Bengal tigers in the world. 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.

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 ample views of the surroundings. The jeep safaris are amongst the most popular activities taken by visitors.

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Safaris

Best Time to Visit: 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.

Types of Safaris 

  • Elephant Safari
  • Jeep Safari 
  • Canter Safari 

Types of Safaris
  • Elephant Safari:
Elephants are typically used in Bandhavgarh to take you to the spot where tigers get tracked. Available only in the morning shift, these elephant safaris are on first come first serve basis and charge around INR 500 per head to take one to a spot where one can see a tiger in its most natural form. Four passengers are typically allowed on an elephant, and there are a mahout and a naturalist on this trip too.
  • Jeep Safaris
These safaris operate in two shifts, one in the early morning at the time of sunrise (Around 5.30 AM) for 4 hours and then starts again at 2-3 PM and goes till sunset. Since Bandhavgarh is very popular, it is advisable to book a jeep in advance, as only a limited number of jeeps are allowed in each shift. Each jeep can take up to 6 travellers other than a driver and one naturalist. Visitors typically prefer Tala region to spot tigers. Afternoon shift is typically closed on Wednesdays.
  • Canter Safari:
Canter safaris with a seating capacity of 12 people can be booked on the spot. However, prior online booking is recommended. They charge INR 1200 for Indians and INR 2400 for foreigners.

Note: The cost may vary from zone to zone.

Tips: Carry your sunglasses, hats and water bottles. Also, carry ID Proof for the reservation. Children under 5 years of age are allowed along with the adults free of cost.

Flora and Fauna

Fauna in Bandhavgarh
Among the carnivores, the fauna that can be found in the national park includes tigers, Asiatic jackals, foxes, sloth bears, ratels, grey mongoose, striped hyenas, jungle cats, and leopards are found here. Deer, monkeys, Wild boars, Nilgai, Chinkara, and Gaur, can also found here. It also hosts species of birds including Dove, Parakeet, Serpent Eagle, Black Vulture and common Peafowl. Several species of reptiles such as python, turtle, viper, and rat-snake are commonly found in the area.

Flora in Bandhavgarh 
The flora is the typically dry and deciduous type with mostly sal and bamboo trees being dominant in the forest. 

The Three Gates

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, the 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.

History and Etymology

Bandhavgarh National Park used to be a former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa which is presently famous for its heritage and white tigers. This place is legendary and owns an abundance of historically abundant landmarks within the park.

The city of Bandhavgarh has been demolished and flourished through several ages since the age of Ramayana, and thus reasons or its copper tinted air and stone wind fragrances. The National Park was given the name of Bandhavgarh because of an ancient fort in a hillock in Umaria along with the Vindhya ranges.

The name Bandhavgarh is derived from the word 'bandhav' which means brother and ‘Garh’ meaning fort. The legend has it that Lord Rama was passing the forests of Bandhavgarh after defeating Ravana and decided to build a fort. It was to symbolise his love for his brother Lakshman.

Bandhavgarh Fort

On the east end of Bandhavgarh national park lies the Bandhavgarh Fort. It is the height point of this national park. Among the oldest forts of India, Bandhavgarh was built more than 2000 years ago though the history around it is not very clear yet.

A one hour trek is required to reach here from Tala zone and visitors must take a guide to visit this place. There are numerous caves in this fort area and some of them have inscribed paintings and scripts written in Brahmi. There are also a few temples here.

The whole area is deserted, but it is still visited frequently by locals. According to Ramayana, it is believed that Rama's army built this fort and handed it to Lakshmana and hence Lakshmana is the main god of this temple. The trek is totally worth it to this 800 m high fort as it gives a breathtaking view of the surroundings.

There is also a giant 35 feet sleeping statue of Vishnu here. This statue is believed to be dating around 10th century A.D. and Vishnu is shown reclining on the bed made by coils of the Seven Hooded Serpent, called Shesh Naag. The statue is locally known as Shesh Shaiya.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bandhavgarh National Park

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.
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Suggested Itinerary

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.

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FAQs on Bandhavgarh National Park

What is not so good about Bandhavgarh national park?

Spotting of the tiger is not 100% sure. In monsoons, the national park remains closed for three months.

What is the local food in Bandhavgarh national park?

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.
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What are the places near Bandhavgarh national park?

The top places near to Bandhavgarh national park are Bhedaghat which is 138 km from Bandhavgarh national park, Varanasi which is located 267 km from Bandhavgarh national park, Jabalpur which is located 124 km from Bandhavgarh national park, Agra which is located 493 km from Bandhavgarh national park, Amarkantak which is located 133 km from Bandhavgarh national park

What is famous about Bandhavgarh national park?

Picturesque landscape. Has the highest number of tiger density in the world. Fittest topography. Easy access, as it is centrally located.

What is the best time to visit Bandhavgarh national park?

The park opens its gate for the visitors from October-mid to June end and the best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park is from November to February. The peak season also lasts from November to February as the climatic conditions are excellent.
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Who should visit Bandhavgarh national park?

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.

What is the best way to reach Bandhavgarh national park?

Bandhavgarh is connected via road from all the major places in the country. The nearest railhead is at Umaria which is about 35 km from the park's entrance. You can take a cab from there. The nearest airport is at Khajuraho (270 km), and it takes a 7-8 hour drive from Khajuraho to reach here.
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Q. How to reach Bandhavgarh from Delhi?

Shashwat Kant 7 months ago
The route to Bandhavgarh National Park from Delhi can be taken through Jabalpur. The driving distance from Delhi to Bandhavgarh is 918 KM, if you're up for a two day drive. You can also take the Hazrat Nizamuddin Jabalpur Superfast Express from Nizamuddin Station which takes you to Jabalpur in about 14 hours. The train is available all 7 days of the week. From Jabalpur you can drive down to Bandhavgarh in about 3-4 hours.

Bandhavgarh National Park Reviews

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Kovid Kapoor 2 years ago
- 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
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