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Bandhavgarh National Park – A beautiful National Park in the state of the Madhya Pradesh, India

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the wild life sanctuaries in the Indian state. The national park is situated at 197 km away north-east of Jabalpur. This wild life park derived its very name from an ancient fort in the area. Bandhavgarh National Park belongs to the Vindhyan mountain ranges of central India and it boasts to have the highest density of tiger population in the country. Now there are about 46 to 52 tigers one can spot here.
The Bandhavgarh National Park is located within the district of Sahdol in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This forest nestled among the Vindhya hills came into existence in 1968 when the Maharaja of Rewa handed over the area to the government for it’s formation. At the time when it was handed over to the government, the fauna was not faring too well due to the difficulty in the control of poaching.

History and Mythology

Looming high over the entire park and located in the heart of it’s core area, is a fort dating back to the mythological era of Rama and Hanuman from the Hindu epic Ramayana. It is said that the two monkeys who created the “setu”, or bridge, between India and Lanka to enable Rama to cross over and vanquish the demon king, Rawana, were also the architects of the Bandhavgarh fort. This fort was used by Rama and Hanuman on their journey back to their kingdom from Lanka. This fort was later handed over by Rama to his brother Lakshmana who came to be known as the “Bandhavdhish”, lord of the fort.

Bandhavgarh national park is well connected with all the major cities and station in India.

Location of Bandhavgarh National Park on Google Maps:

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Distance from major cities :
Umaria : 35 km/ 45 min
Khajuraho : 270 km/ 6 hrs.
Jabalpur : 190 km/ 4 hrs.
Satna : 120 km
Delhi : 978 km
Gwalior : 565 km
Katni : 102 km

By Air:
Fly from Delhi, Agra or Varanasi to Khajuraho and drive (7-8 hours) to Tala park entrance at Bandhavgarh. Nearest airport from the park is Khajuraho.
By Rail:
Nearest railway station is Umaria after Katani railway station, from there it is about 40 minutes drive to Nature Heritage. Alternatively, take the overnight train from Delhi to Umaria and drive (30 minutes) to the park. Only jeeps are available for transfers. Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh distance is 250 Kms, (8 hrs drive).

Best Time To Visit

There are three well defined seasons – the cool (from middle of October to end of February ), the hot (from march to middle of June), and the wet (from middle of june to middle of October.
Casual Summer clothing of natural colors is best from march to may. Sunglasses and sunhats are preferable. From November to Febuary carry warm clothing for chilly mornings and misty evenings. The ideal season for tiger spotting is from November to June.
The park is closed form July 1 to September 30.

Things to do in Bandavgarh

– Jeep Safari
Morning and evening jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park are escorted by our specialized naturalists for extensive wild life viewing. An open Gypsy awaits you to take you even more closer to the nature and to see the majestic tigers. We provide some fruits neatly packed and a bottle of mineral water for you 4 hour safari in the jungle.
– Elephant Safari
The experience of sitting high a top an elephant in a teak wood chair, through the cool jungle of Bandhavgarh, is an experience you’ll never forget. The tour includes air-conditioned hotel transfer, Park admission, safari ride, buffet lunch all in one complete package. Don’t miss this great value tour.
– Fauna
Bandhavgarh is blessed with a large variety of residents – both in terms of animals and birds. In the category of animals, it is possible to sighttigers, leopards, gaur (Indian Bison-although some say this is no longer seen), chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, Dholes, nilgais, wild boars,chinkaras, sloth bears, rhesus macaques, black faced langurs, jungle cats, hyenas, porcupines, jackals, foxes, wild dogs, chausinghas and ratels, among others. It is the density of it’s big cat population that has made Bandhavgarh really famous across the globe. Bandhavgarh National Park is also famous for bird watching. It has more than 140 bird species. The main bird species at Bandhavgarh national park are 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.
– Bandhavgarh Fort. The Bandhavgarh Fort is situated in Bandhavgarhin Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located on the Bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level at the centre of the Bandhavgarh National Park. It is a surrounded by a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys.
– Baghel Museum. Located at a close proximity from the resort at Bandhavgarh national park, it houses certain precious belongings of the Maharaja of Rewa who maintained Bandhavgarh as his Shikargah, or a game preserve, a stuffed white Tiger still stands in the museum amidst certain personal belongings of the Maharaja.
– Village Tala. To view a day in the life of an Indian village where the pace of life is still measured by the rhythm of the seasons.
– Climber’s Point – Nature’s Beauty. Woody climbers of butea superba and Bauhinia wahlii amidst the giant sal trees offer spectacular view for the tourist.

Accommodation Facilities at Bandhavgarh

– Bagh Sarai Resorts: Village Parasi, Post Dhamokhar, Bandhavgarh National Park,Bandhavgarh National Park 484661, India.
– Infinity Resort: NA Bandhavgarh Wilderness, | P.O. Taala, Bandhavgarh National Park,India.
– Maharaja’s Royal Retreat: Bandhavagagh Village Tala Dist Umeria, Bandhavgarh National Park484661, India.
– Wildhaven Resort: Bandhavgarh National Park, India.
– Tiger Trails Resort: Village Tala | Distt. Umaria, Bandhavgarh National Park 484661, India.
– Golbro Tiger View Resort: Near Petrol Pump, Tala, Bandhavgarh | Distt. Umaria, Bandhavgarh National Park 484 661, India.
– Nature Heritage Resort, Bandhavgarh.
– Tiger Den Resort
– Bandhavgarh Jungle Resort

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