Bandhavgarh national park is located in Eastern region of Madhya Pradesh state. It lies in Umaria district of state thus its administrative power center is in Umaria town. In geographical terms, this tiger reserve forest is spread over Vindhya mountain ranges of Central India. It is open for visitors from October to June month. Majority of tourists including wildlife lovers, photographers, conservationist etc. visits Bandhavgarh in this period. In order to explore this magnificent wildlife destination, it is important to know how to reach Bandhavgarh by flight, train or by bus option. Here we have tried to arrange the same information for you, so that you can make a prefect tour plan & enjoy the trip.
If you have paying capacity and have very limited time in hand, then flight is the best way to travel. Nearest airport of Bandhavgarh national park is Jabalpur Dumna airport (JLR), at a distance of 160 kms/3:30hrs. It is well connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata etc. Journey from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh is very safe, with less traffic and can be undertaken at anytime of the day. Second best option is Khajuraho Airport at a distance of 260kms/05:30hrs. Its flight connectivity is limited thus it is least preferred by tourists.
If your plan is to travel by train option then nearest railway station for Bandhavgarh is Umaria (UMR) at a distance of 37 kms/35 minutes. It is having good train connectivity from Delhi, Agra, Haridwar, Jhansi etc. If tourists are coming from Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi, Bhopal, Pune, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur etc then Katni railway station (100kms/02:30hrs) is best for visiting Bandhavgarh, Here in Katni city, you will find 3 stations i.e. Katni Station (KTE), Katni Murwara Station (KMZ) and Katni South Station (KTES). All of them are close to each other, in same city. As it is a junction so trains from different directions, have meeting point at Katni, thus its train-connectivity is good. Third best option is Jabalpur station (JBP) at a distance of 160 kms/03:30hrs. It is also having good train connectivity from Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal, Pipariya, Itarsi, Agra, Delhi, Howrah, Gaya, Varanasi, Jaipur etc. Their are some low profile station also like Beohari (90kms) and Khanna-Banjari (55kms) station. They are suitable for tourists, coming from West Bengal on condition that their train have stoppage here. As they are small station thus all long distance do not stop here so must check the stoppages.
Although now a days, very few tourists use bus service for reaching Bandhavgarh but still we would like to share this information. Here nearest bus stand is in Umaria town, which is also know as nearest railway station. If you are reaching Jablapur, Katni, Satna, Khajuraho, Kanha national park, Sanjay Dubri National Park etc. and want to visit Bandhavgarh then, their is no direct bus service thus tourists often find it difficult to use bus traveling as option to reach Bandhavgarh. Umaria bus stand is a small terminus where buses comes from Dindori, Katni, Beohari, Shahdol & nearby regions which are not popular for tourism. If you have reach Umaria by train and want further traveling by bus, then this option will be helpful.
If we will talk about surrounding tourist destinations of Bandhavgarh national park, then we have many options, of different type of tourism. If our interest is in wildlife tourism, then we have option to visit Kanha national park (250 kms) and Sanjay Dubri national park (100 kms), Panna national park (220 kms). Here Kanha & Panna national parks are already a popular tiger tourism destination where as Sanjay Dubri national park is upcoming destination whose bare foot walk is gaining popularity. In addition to this Amarkantak (245 kms), Chitrakoot (210kms) are popular pilgrimage destinations. For heritage tourism lovers, they can visit to Khajuraho town (260 kms). It is popular for its sand-stone temples which are magnificent example of our ancient sculpture art through which message was passed to society.
Travel distance from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh is approx. 260 kms. Bandhavgarh national park is located on the south-east of Khajuraho. Their is no direct flight or train or bus connectivity thus taxi travel is the only and best way to travel on this route. We are operating tourist taxi service on this route. Sometimes budget tourists tries to save the travel cost by changing the mode of transport like first travel from Khajuraho to Satna station by taxi or bus, then take train from Satna to Katni station, then take another train or bus from Katni to Umaria station and then finally take local bus from Umaria to Tala village. Here you have to change mode of transport by 3 times which is very very cumbersome and may take you full day time. Another noticeable thing is that their is no bus service after sunset, from Umaria to Tala village. Here in Bandhavgarh, resorts are mostly away from main village i.e 1-3 kms, away from main road and walking is extremely unsafe thus private or shared taxi is the best recommended way. Even if you reach till Tala village by bus, in day or night time, best way is to call your hotel to arrange transport for you from main raod to hotel. If you don't have Indian number of mobile network problem then best way is to visit the Tala check point or adjoining police station to arrange call for you. Here local person remains available, round the clock.
Traveling from Kanha national park to Bandhavgarh is possible by taxi option. Their is not direct train, flight or bus service on this route also. Kanha national park is having 3 active gates, around which all hotels are located thus travel distance from Kanha to Bandhavgarh varies as per location of entrance gates i.e. Sarhi gate, Khatia gate and Mukki gate. We are operating tourist cabs service on this route. This route goes via Mandla, Shahpura, Umaria towns. This route is very much safe, round the clock, even after sunset.