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Bandhavgarh National Park

Central India Tourism

INTRODUCTION
Bandhavgarh is a world famous Tiger reserve, spread over Vindhya mountains in Central India. Its area lies in Umaria Forest Division of Madhya Pradesh state. Being a Project Tiger Reserve, forest area of Bandhavgarh is also divided in to Core-Buffer zone where its declared core area is 452.66 sq.km. It was included in Project Tiger Network in year 1993 as very soon it gained publicity as a Tiger Reserve with highest density of Tigers in India. Till year 1968 it remains a private game reserve of Baghela rulers from Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. It is counted among highly appreciated tiger reserves of Central India after Kanha National Park. Bandhavgarh is such a popular tiger sighting national park that no tiger safari itinerary can be considered complete without including it in tour program.
More than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds & 70 species of butterflies are found in Bandhavgarh National Park. Common Langurs and Rhesus Macaque represent the primate group. Carnivores include the Tiger, Leopard, Asiatic Jackal, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Bengal Fox, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat. The artiodactyls frequently sighted are Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai(Blue-bull), Chinkara. Mammals such as Dhole, the small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel and Lesser Bandicoot Rat are seen occasionally.
It is said that India's first white tiger was found in forest area of Bandhavgarh due to which it is also called white tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured by Maharajah Martand Singh in 1951. This White Tiger, Mohan, is now stuffed and on display in the palace of the Maharajahs of Rewa. The last known White Tiger was captured by Maharajah Martand Singh in 1951.

HISTORY
Bandhavgarh is a historical place. The hill top where fort or garrison is located has a history that goes back to 2nd & 3rd century when region was under Magh rulers. The flat platform over hill top where current ruins of fort and other monuments are located was considered very defensive location surrounded from steep natural rocks with water sources on hill top. About 3 Magh rulers ruled here as per inscriptions written on caves present in nearby hills.

After Magh rules, Sengar dynasty came into ruling position since 5th century. Sengar's do not retain the region for long time and later Kalchuris took over the area under their possession in 9th century. Kalchuris were fond of art & sculpture. During their tenure, many temples and monuments were made in Baghelkhand. Kalchuris made their capital in Tripuri which was in between Jabalpur - Bhedaghat. Here Tripur Sundari Temple is actually Tripuri of Kalchuris. During Kulchuri time, Rewa was called as "Dahal Desh" in their inscriptions. After Kalchuris, this region was ruled by Baghels of Rewa. These Baghels are Raghav Agnivanshi clan of Rajputs. They were originally from Anhalwada in Gujarat, who migrated to Sone river valley in Central India which was known as Bhat Gonda during that time. Later this region was called Baghelkhand. Till year 1562 Badhelkhand capital was at Gahora, situated on Allahabad - Karvi road in Chitrakoot region. It was Baghel king Raja Ramchandra who shifted the capital from Gahora to Bandhavgarh in 1562 and started ruling from Bandhavgarh fort. Here it is important to know that famous Indian music legend "Tansen" had also spend time in Bandhavgarh and later gifted from Baghel ruler to Mughals. Baghel rulers have treaty with powerful Mughal dynasty but when their interference increased in Bandhavgarh, Baghels were compelled to shift their capital from Bandhavgarh to Rewa in year 1618. From that time, Bandhavgarh become abandoned place and forestation took over the areas of human establishment. During Bandhavgarh safari, we can notice some marks of human establishment in this area and during fort visit, it can be observed more prominently.

HOW TO REACH
By Air :
Nearest airport for reaching Bandhavgarh is Jabalpur Airport (200kms/04:30hrs). It is connected with Delhi and Mumbai airports. We offer Jabalpur airport taxi service from this airport to nearby destinations like Bandhavgarh, Kanha national park, Pachmarhi, Satpura national park, Pench tiger reserve etc. Second option is Khajuraho Airport at a distance of 250kms. It is connected with Delhi and Varanasi airports. We offer Khajuraho airport taxi service for reaching Bandhavgarh, Khajuraho temples, Panna national park, Orchha, Chanderi, Gwalior, Varanasi etc.
DISTANCE CHART
LOCATION MAP
From
Distance
(in Kms)
Khajuraho 250
Kanha National Park 255
Jabalpur 190
Amarkantak 270
Katni 100
Umaria 37


By Train/ Railways :
Nearest railway stations for reaching Bandhavgarh are Umaria station (37kms/45mins), Katni railway station (100kms/02:00hrs) and Jabalpur railway station (180kms/4:00hrs). We offer taxi services to Bandhavgarh from all these railway stations.

By Road :
Bandhavgarh is best accessible by road. It lies in East of Madhya Pradesh state in Umaria district. Its nearby cities are Umaria, Satna, Katni, Jabalpur, Sahdol. Their is regular bus service between Umaria and Bandhavgarh. For reaching Bandhavgarh from Katni/Jabalpur/Satna, their is no direct bus service but by changing buses, you can reach. Otherwise, best options is to hire a taxi for easy and direct transfers.

BANDHAVGARH TAXI SERVICE
For reaching Bandhavgarh national park, taxi is the most preferred way. More than 95% of arrivals and departures in Bandhavgarh are done by taxi vehicles. As their is poor bus connectivity from prominent arrival points, car hire is the best way to reach Bandhavgarh. We maintain office in Bandhavgarh to cater the immediate requirements of resorts booking, ground transfers, safari arrangements etc. Our Bandhavgarh car rental office take car of cab hire requirements. You can have taxi services in prominent routes like Bandhavgarh to Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh to Kanha national park, Katni to Bandhavgarh, Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh etc. In addition to this, we also offer services to uncommon transfers like Bandhavgarh to Varanasi, Agra, Kundalpur, Pachmarhi, Satpura national park.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
At Bandhavgarh, jungle safaris are the main tourist attractions. In a day, two safari drivers are offered to visitors where as in every Wednesday, park is closed for evening safari drive. Park is divided into different zones. In a single safari drive, vehicle remains in one particular safari zone. Inside Bandhavgarh, their are different popular spots which are mostly visited by tourists like meadows, water-holes, hills, tree-clusters etc. In addition to jungle safaris, tourists can do nature walk inside resort or main roads and also visit to nearby villages to understand culture and lifestyle of local people.

JUNGLE SAFARI
Jungle safari drive is the main activity to do at Bandhavgarh. Here safaris are done on open jeeps with guide. Bandhavgarh jungle safari is very popular among visitors thus most of the time, Bandhavgarh safari tickets get sold out in advance. Here two types of jungle safaris are offered to tourists i.e. jeep safari and elephant safari. Elephant ride is very costly and not easy to book it thus majority of tourists rely on jeep safari drives. At Bandhavgarh two types of jeep safari modes are offered i.e. Full-jeep safari and Single seat safari modes. Full-jeep safari mode means to book complete safari jeep booking. In this mode you will be accompanied by safari guide and driver. In Single seat safari mode, you may book seat in a jeep i.e. sharing mode. In such drives, you will be accompanied by other tourists also. It is cheaper then full-jeep safari mode. Taking guide service, during each safari drive is mandatory. For park visit, tourists are required to book safari ticket/s as per their schedule. Safari ticket contains travel date, morning/evening round detail, visitor name/s, father/husband name, gender, city name, identity document number. Tourists are required to do safari in jeep with company of registered guide. Tourists are required to pay separately for jeep and guide also. We offer jungle safari booking in Bandhavgarh. Their are 3 safari zones in Bandhavgarh i.e. Tala zone, Magadhi Zone and Khitauli zone. At present, safaris are done on these three safari zones.

MAMMAL ATTRACTIONS
Here we have tried to make a checklist of Bandhavgarh mammals.
BANDHAVGARH MAMMALS LIST
Species Common Name Local Name Scientific Name
Cats Tiger Bagh / Sher Panthera tigris
Leopard /Panther Tendua / Gulbagh Panthera pardus
Jungle Cat Junglee Billi Felis chaus
Antelopes, Gazelles Blue Bull Nilgai Boselaphus tragocamelus
Chinkara Chinkara Gazella gazella
Four-horned Antelope Chowsingha Tetraceros quadricornis
Bovine Indian Gaur Gaur Bos gaurus
Dogs Wolf Bhediya Canis lupus
Indian Wild Dog Dhole/Sone Kutta/Jungle Kutta Cuon alpinus
Jackal Gidhar / Siyar Canis aureus
Indian Fox Lomdi Vulpes bengalensis
Deer Sambar Sambar Cervus unicolor
Spotted Deer Chital Axis axis
Muntjac/Barking Deer Kakar Muntiacus muntjak
Hyaena Striped Hyaena Lakar-baggha Hyaena hyaena
Bears Sloth Bear Bhalu / Reech Melursus ursinus
Apes, Monkeys,Lemurs Common Langur Langur Presbytis entellus
Rehus Macaque Bandar Macaca mulatta
Pig Wild Boar Junglee Suar Sus scrofa
Civets Small Indian Civer Kasturi Viverricula indica
Common Palm Civer Kasturi Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
Weasels Honey Badger Kabar Bijoo Melivora capensis
Mongoose Ruddy Mongoose Nevla Herpestes smithii
Common Mongoose Nevla Herpestes edwardsi
Pangolins Indian Pangolin Chinti Khor Manis crassicaudata
Insectivores Indian Tree Shrew Bans Gilahri Anathana ellioti
Grey Musk Shrew Chachunder Suncus murinus
Bats Fulvous Fruit Bat Chamgadar Rousettus leschenaulti
Flying Fox Chamgadar Pteropus giganteus
Indain False Vampire Chamgadar Megaerma lyra
Indian Pipistrelle Chamgadar Pipistrellus coromandra
Rodents Five-striped Squirrel Gilahri Funambulus pennati
Indian Porcupine Sehi Hystrix indica
Indian Mole Rat Chuha Bandicota bengalensis
Hares Indian Hare Khargosh Lepus nigricollis

BIRD ATTRACTIONS
Their are about 250 bird species in Bandhavgarh national park forest area. These birds can be categorized in 53 bird families like Eagrets, Storks, Herons, Grebes, Ibises, Cormorants, Ducks, Vultures, Hawks, Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Sandpipers etc. This list includes both residents and migrant birds. Their are about 138 residents birds, 26 local migrant birds and 86 migrant birds in Bandhavgarh birds checklist. During jungle safari drives, one can enjoy the tiger tracking with bird watching. Birds can be seen in all the forest areas but some points are favorite places for birds and their probability of good birding in high. Birdwatching areas in Bandhavgarh are Bamera dam, Garhpuri, Majhuli, Khitauli reservoirs, Panpatha road, Bandhavgarh fort etc. Some of the frequently seen Bandhavgarh birds are: Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Jungle Babblers, Indian Oriole, Blue-jay, Kingfishers, Baya Weaver, Crested Hawk Eagle, Shikra, Spotted Dove, Red-wattled Lapwing etc.

BEST TIME TO VISIT
Bandhavgarh national park is open for visitors from 16-October to 30-June and in remaining time, park remains closed for visitors due to monsoon season. In addition to this, park remains closed for evening safari drive on every Wednesday. In Holi festival day, usually park remains closed for full-day. These dates may vary as it is decided every year by Madhya Pradesh forest Department. This tiger reserves is popular for best tiger sighting in India due to which from beginning to end of a season, tourists arrival remains constant. Usually most of the tourist arrival has been registered from November to April month. This is the best time to visit Bandhavgarh. Here it is important to note that for visiting park area, one should must do safari ticket booking in advance. Tickets is the main challenge for visitors as tickets limit is much less than the visitors demand.

CLIMATE & WEATHER
Bandhavgarh have moderate climate. Here Winter season starts from November to March during which morning temperature dips to 5°C and day temperature remains as 18°C. From April to June, we can experience the summer season when straight sunlight and heat waves poses challenge in safari drives. In peak summers i.e. May-June, temperature reaches 45°C level. With the end of June or beginning of July, monsoon clouds arrives and pours good rainfall. Monsoon season prevails from July to October. During this time, park remains closed for visitors and get prepared for new beginning. Here at Bandhavgarh you will experience significant difference in day and night temperatures. Due to straight sun-light effect, here day temperature raises swiftly and after sun-set and in early morning hours, we will experience cold. This difference is well experienced in morning safari drives when vehicle enters just before sunrise and exits after sunrise.
Months
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Minimum (°C)
05
12
18
24
30
30
25
23
22
22
18
10
Maximum(°C)
18
32
35
40
44
42
36
34
32
34
30
20

Above temperature chart of Bandhavgarh is based of past experience. Here we have gathered the average temperatures during each season so that user can get an rough idea.

ACCOMMODATION
Their are number of hotels and resorts in Bandhavgarh. According to budget and requirement, tourists can have all category of resorts and safari lodges. Here resorts are available from range of 1500 INR. per night to 60000 INR. per night. Here you can find 15% resorts in Luxury category, 25% resorts in Deluxe category, 40% resorts in Standard category and 20% resorts in Budget category. Some of the popular luxury safari lodges are Mahua Kothi, Samode safari lodge, Treehouse Hideaway etc. Popular deluxe resorts in Bandhavgarh are Kings Lodge, Bandhav Vilas, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge etc. In standard category popular resorts are Tiger Den, Aranyak resort, Nature Heritage, Bandhavgarh Meadows etc. Similarly we can find some good budget hotels like Wild Haven, Sun Resort, Jungle King etc.

NEXT TO BANDHAVGARH
Bandhavgarh national park is surrounded by many popular Central India tourist attractions. After visiting Bandhavgarh, their are number of connecting tourist destinations like Kanha national park , Khajuraho , Panna national park, Amarkantak, Jabalpur, Varanasi etc. We are providing all travel services to all these tourist destinations. Our services includes tour planning, hotels booking, jungle safaris booking, taxi service, sightseeing arrangements etc.

RELATED LINKS
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