Bandhavgarh National Park is renowned for being one of the most densely populated national parks of India, located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh.The name of the park was originated from the famous hillocks of the area named Bandhavgarh. Tourists from all around the world visit the park for its fascinating visitor's attractions and large plethora of wildlife marvels. Bandhavgarh was officially declared as national park in 1968 with an approx. area of 448 sq Km.
Tourists can experience the diversified faunal variety in the park with presence of dense population of Tigers lazing under the sun. Other than tigers one can spot large biodiversity of more than 22 species of mammals, 250 species of birds and reptiles kinds. Few wildlife attractions of the park are Leopards, deer, white eyed Buzzard, black vulture, cobra, Grey mongoose, striped Hyena, leopards, sloth, Jungle cat, wild pigs, chausingha, Nilgiri, Chingara and Gaur to name some few.
The vegetation of the park along streams and morassesis immensely rich in bird life and thus touristscan find abundance of species in the park. Most common ones are little Grabe, Egret,lesser teal, white eyed byzzard, black kite, black vulture and kingfisher to name some few.
Variety of reptilian fauna includes cobra, krait, viper, rat snake, python, turtle and number of Lizard varieties including varanus.
Bandhavgarh National Park is famously rich for its floral diversity due to prosperous combination of land forms and soil types in the area. The reserve is rich in more than 600 species of flowering plants, 50 different species of aquatic plants and 18 varieties of rare plant species. Some off the major tress found in the park include the Sal, Saj, Dhaora, Salai, Mango, Jamun, Bamboo, Bel, Banyan, Bija and Harra to name some few.
The best time to plan a trip to Bandhavgarh National Park differs with your aim to visit it. October to January is the suitable time if you are interested in watching migratory birds surrounded by lush green backdrop of forest. Temperature remains 30 degree Celsius and plenty of birds can be experienced around lakes. Tigers can also be seen in different areas including Tala zone like Magdhi Zone (Gate-2) and Khitauli Zone (Gate-3).
Accommodation can be a problem in the months of November & Decemberas these are main festive seasons in India and localities visit the forest often. Always make sure your book your accommodation in advance as it's a better option. Reserve remains open for visitors from October to June every year, except afternoon of Wednesdays. In monsoon July- September, Bandhavgarh remains closed for visitors. If you are in urge of enjoying the safari tour in Bandhavgarh National Park, it's important to be aware of the timings. The timings are accordingly adjusted according to seasons.
|Park Safari Timings||Morning Safari||Evening Safari Time||Fort Safari|
|15 Oct - 15 Feb||06:30 - 11:00||14:30 - 17:30||Sunrise - to - Sunset|
|16 Feb - 31 Mar||06:00 - 11:00||15:00 - 18:00||Sunrise - to - Sunset|
|01 Apr - 30 June||05:30 - 10:00||16:00 - 19:00||Sunrise - to - Sunset|
Do at Bandhavgarh National Park
Jeep Safari Tour : Experience the wildlife marvels of the park as jeep takes you through the jungle for an enticing wildlife adventure. Tourists at Bandhavgarh National Parkare allowed to park their jeep twice a day for a 3 hour jeep safari. Dawn and late afternoon are the times when animal activities are most likely to be visible. Tigers can be traced in the park for being the star attraction, which is surely not to be missed. Trace various wildlife speciesin the park before the park closes at lunch time.
Elephant Safari: The giant elephant safari is one of the best dos in the park, to trace immense wildlife species in the area. Every morning elephant departures for the park to make tourists experience nearby tigers and wildlife. The company of guide is also present to able to direct you through the wildlife.
How to Reach
By Air :: Jabalpur is the nearest Airport and is located 200 Kms from Park, and is connected by daily morning flights from Delhi
By Train : : Umaria is the nearest railway station and is precisely located 32 Kilometers away from the Tala Village to the main entrance of the park.
By Road : The Park is very well connected to prominent states andcities of India via road.