Bandhavgarh National Park is a travel destination in India which is simply unmissable. It is home to the highest density of tigers in the world, and you never know when your eyes meet those of a tiger.Located in the district of Umaria in Madhya Pradesh, it is the abode of the Royal Bengal Tigers, who command awe and reverence in equal measure.Steely gazed and unblinking, they are enough to send numerous chills down the spine. Inside Bandhavgarh, you also come across the Bandhavgarh Fort, whose origins and history is mired in ambiguity.
Flora & Fauna of Bandhavgarh National Park
The incredible variety of fauna inside the park is matched by its dramatic landscape, which often shifts between rocky and hilly. For a wildlife enthusiast Bandhavgarh is one of those places which brings before you nature’s many faces.
Here, the tiger lurks behind the bush, patiently and stealthily! Then, as quickly as you might think, he pounces on his prey with an unbelievable ferocity, power in his arms and grace in his movements. This is Bandhavgarh, this is tiger country!
Besides the tigers, there are around 37 species of mammals, 250 species of birds & 80 species of butterflies in the park. Some of the must see birds in Bandhavgarh are grey hornbill and red jungle fowl. Mammals such as the Nilgai and Gaur (Indian Bison) immediately have the visitors reaching for their cameras!
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bandhavgarh National Park
Q. What are the Safari Timings in Bandhavgarh National Park?
The safari timings in Bandhavgarh National Park are 6:30 to 11:00 AM in the morning, and 2:30 to 5:30 PM in the evening from October to February.
From February to March, morning safaris are conducted from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM, and evening safaris from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.
Wildlife safaris are conducted from 5:30 to 10:00 AM in the morning, and 4:00 to 7:00 PM in the evening from April to June.
The evening shift of the safari remains closed for visitors on Wednesdays.
Q. How many safari zones are there in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve?
There are three core zones in Bandhavgarh National Park: Tala, Maghdi and Khitauli.
While Tala is the main zone of the park, Maghdi is located in its peripheral areas and is the best place for spotting tigers. The third zone, Khitauli, is especially noted for its scenic beauty. Although it’s a great place for bird watching, tiger sightings are not uncommon.
In 2015, Bandhavgarh also received three additional buffer zones: Manpur, Dhamokar and Pachpedi. Tiger sightings are common in all of these buffer zones. Jeep safaris are also conducted in them as per the safari timings.
Q. Which Zone is best for Tiger sighting in Bandhavgarh?
While Tala zone is the best for tiger sightings.
Q. What is the best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park?
Bandhavgarh National Park is open to tourists from October to June. Naturally, you should plan a visit keeping in mind these timings. Visiting the park in a particular season/month, has its own advantages.
If you are an avid photographer, then the summer season, which lasts from March to June, is the best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park. There are many advantages to visiting Bandhavgarh in winters. The weather, being cool and pleasant, offers numerous opportunities for wildlife spotting.
Bandhavgarh National Park is closed to visitors during monsoons, or the months from July to September.
Q. What is the best way to reach Bandhavgarh National Park?
The nearest airports to Bandhavgarh National Park are Khajuraho Civil Aerodrome (217 km) and Jabalpur Airport (149 km).
Buses, run by the state transport corporation as well as privately, are available to Bandhavgarh. Taxis and private vehicles can also be hired from Katni (95 km), Jabalpur (165 km), Umaria (22 km) and Khajuraho (226 km).
The nearest railway stations to Bandhavgarh National Park are Umaria Railway Station (37 km), Katni Junction (100 km), Jabalpur Junction (190 km) and Khajuraho Railway Station (250 km).