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Bandhavgarh National Park, India

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Jungle Highlights :White Tiger, Black Buck, Leopards, Chital, Leopards, Bears

Wildly beautiful Bandhavgarh National Park is renowned as one of the finest National Parks of India. Located in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh, this 400 sq km area is a white tiger country. According to the legend, Bandhavgarh of the Vindhya Range is the place which, lord Rama gave to his brother Laxman to keep a watch on Lanka. The park was a former hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa. Here once Maharajah Venkat Raman Singh made his illustrious career out of hunting 111 tigers. It declared a protective region in 1968.Bandhavgarh has become a national park in 1986. It comes under Project tiger in 1993. This park is very few of the others which still have a large density of tigers.
Major wildlife attractions in Bandhavgarh National Park
Apart from having one of the densest populations of Tigers in the country, Bandhavgarh National Park is prominent for other wild animals like Nilgai, Chital, fox, Chinkara, Gaur, Sloth Bears and Wild Boar. You can also spot here Indian Bison, Barking Deer, Wolf, Hyeana, Indian Gazel, Leopard, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear and Common Langur.

Elaphant safari at Bandhavgarh National Park

Around 242 species of birds species are found here include Peacock, Paradise fly catchers, Jungle Fowl, Golden and Black headed Orioles, Yellow Ioras, Red-vented Bulbuls, Blue Jays, Purple Sunbirds, Green Barbets and Mynahs.

Things to do in Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park, India offers several safari options which include Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari. Equipped with experienced and expert guides, these safaris will offer you the opportunity to know about the wildlife even more.

Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park
Early in the morning Jeep safaris are undertaken. It is essential to take along a forest department guide on a jeep safari. By this safari you can venture deep into the heart of the Forest and see the Wildlife as a very close proximity.

Elephant Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park
Enjoy this traditional safari which will take minimum 1 hour ride or max 2 hours. But your spotting wild life is purely dependant upon the tracking skills of your mahout and your luck. This is done only in the afternoon. Park also offers slightly more controversial safaris, what is called "Tiger Shows". For these shows, the mahouts head out in the wee hours of the morning and track down a tiger. Once the tiger settles down in a spot, the word is spread and all visitors are taken for short rides.

Birding in Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is a famous birding destination. More than 140 bird species of you can spot here. This national park is eloquent with the twittering of the birds like white browed fantails, steppe eagles, green pigeons, grey malabar hornbills, black and white malabar hornbills (quite a rare sighting), blossom headed parakeets, parakeets, blue bearded bee eaters, green bee eaters, white bellied drongos, owls, Jerdon's and gold fronted leaf birds, minivets, woodshrikes and the lovely paradise flycatchers

Jungle Resorts in Bandhavgarh National Park
You will find there a number of quality resorts and hotels for your stay in Bandhavgarh National Park. The most popular, lodging option, Tiger's Den resort is placed just 400 yards from the park provides 16 cottages. It also offers additional facilities like multi cuisine restaurant, laundry service, jungle safaris and more. Apart from this you can stay at
  • Taal resort (12 cottages)
  • Nature Heritage Resort (19 rooms)
  • Tiger Trails Safari Lodge (12 cottages)
  • Anant Van, an 'ashram' located in the heart of Bandhavgarh National Park.
Important Information
The best time to visit- November to June
The park remains closed between July and October
Entrée fee: Rs. 20 for Indians and Rs. 200 for foreigners.
Safari timings - winter (Morning 7-30 to 10-30, Evening 3 to 5-30)
Summer (Morning 6-30 to 9-30, Evening 4 to 6-30)

Park Gates
1. Panpatha in the north
2. Tala in the east (where most hotels are located)
3. Dhamokar on the south-western perimeter
4. Khitauli on the west

Distances from Major cities
Umaria - 30 km
Khajuraho - 237 km
Jabalpur - 200 km
Satna - 130 km
Delhi - 750 km
Mumbai - 1030 km
Bangalore - 1245 km

How to reach Bandhavgarh National Park
Fly from Delhi, Agra or Varanasi to Khajuraho and from there after 7-8 hours drive you will reach at Tala Park, the main entrance at Bandhavgarh. Nearest railway station is Umaria after Katani railway station.

Umaria is about 40 minutes drive from here. For international tourists, they can take overnight train from Delhi to Umaria. After landing there they can drive for another 30 minutes to the park.