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About Bandhavgarh National Park

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Bandhavgarh National Park: Jabalpur (169 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Bandhavgarh National Park: October to June

Peak Season: November to February

State: Madhya Pradesh | District: Umaria

At a distance of 1 km from Tala Bus Stand, 33 km from Umaria, 80 km from Shahdol, 129 km from Satna, 165 km from Rewa, 169 km from Jabalpur, 225 km from Khajuraho, 292 km from Bilaspur, 403 km from Raipur, 407 km from Jhansi, 423 km from Nagpur, 452 km from Bhopal and 625 km from Patna, Bandhavgarh National Park is a national park located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Situated in Vindhya Hills, it is one of the renowned national parks to visit as part of India wildlife tour and among the best places to visit as part of Madhya Pradesh tour packages.

Famous for its rich population of white tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park used to be the former hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. It was declared as a national park in 1968 with an area of about 105 Sq. km. In 1982, the area of the park was increased to 448 Sq. km by adding Khitauli and Maghadhi ranges to Tala range, the original Bandhavgarh National Park. Along with Panpatha Sanctuary, Bandhavgarh was declared a tiger reserve under the project tiger network in the year 1993.

Bandhavgarh is a legendary place that has many historical importances. The national park got its name from an ancient fort situated on a hillock of the Vindhya ranges of Umaria. The name Bandhavgarh is derived from the word 'bandhav' which means brother and 'garh' meaning fort. It is believed that Lord Rama gifted this amazing fort to his younger brother Lakshmana. Also, the fort lets you explore several man-made caves with inscriptions and rock paintings that exhibit a 2000-year-old rich historical past.

Covering over an area of about 1536 Sq. km, the park is dived into 6 zones. Out of these, Tala, Khitauli, and Maghadhi are the core zones where as Damokhar, Johila and Panpatha are the buffer zones. The topography of Bandhavgarh supports a moist deciduous forest, grasslands, woodlands, scrub-thorn arid forests, tropical forests, rocky hills, plateaus, meadows, and valleys. Also, there are more than twenty streams rises or flow through the park.

Bandhavgarh is known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world and the frequent sightings of royal tigers make this national park a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts. There are more than 22 species of mammals including Common Langurs, Rhesus Macaque, the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard, etc. The park is also home to nearly 250 species of birds and reptiles.

The park has three gates, namely Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli. Out of these three, Tala gate is the most popular as it has the more chances of tiger spotting. These are closed for visitors during the monsoon months while the buffer zones Dhamokhar, Panpatha, and Johila are opened throughout the year. Jeep safaris are conducted in all zones while Canter Safari is available only in Maghadhi and Khitauli Zones.

The park authorities offered three types of safaris to its visitors - Jeep Safari, Canter Safari, and Elephant Safari. Permits for day visits to these zones are available online on Park website. The Jungle Safari is done only with vehicles registered with the park administration as private vehicles are not allowed inside the park. It is always advisable to book safaris prior to arrival, especially during weekends as there are only a limited number of vehicles allowed inside the Bandhavgarh National Park. Guests can directly contact the hotels and book their safaris.

Since Bandhavgarh is a major hub for tourists and wildlife lovers, there are many accommodation options which include Government Guest Houses, budget hotels, and luxury resorts.

Jabalpur Airport is the nearest airport which is about 158 km from Bandhavgarh and it has well-connected flights from Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, and Hyderabad. About 33 km from Bandhavgarh, Umaria is the nearest rail head and has well-connected trains from Bilaspur, Rewa, Bilaspur, Durg, Gondia, Barauni, Chhapra, Jabalpur, Jaipur, New Delhi, Vizag, Hyderabad, Jammu Tawi, Chirmiri, Indore, Ajmer, Durg, Katni, and Bhopal. Private and State-run buses and taxis are available from Umaria, Katni, Satna, and Rewa to Tala, Bandhavgarh.

Though the buffer zones are opened throughout the year, the park opens its core areas for tourists from 1st October to 30th June every year. The peak season to visit the park is from October to February as the climatic conditions are excellent. However, the months from March-June are ideal for better Tiger sightings due to the drying of most vegetation in Bandhavgarh.

Safari Timings: 6.30 AM - 11 AM & 2.30 PM - 5.30 PM from Oct - Feb and 6 AM - 10 AM & 3 PM - 6 PM from Mar - June, Closed on every Wednesday evening, on Holi

Entry Fee (approximately): Rs. 1500 for Full Vehicle (max 6 persons), Rs. 250 for Single Seat in Jeep, Rs. 1200 per Person for Canter Safari, Rs.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 07563
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Bagheli & English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
Notes/Tips:
The core areas of Bandhavgarh National Park remain closed from 1st July to 15th October every year while the Buffer Zones are opened throughout the year.

How to Reach Bandhavgarh National Park

By Air

Nearest Airport: Jabalpur - Jabalpur Airport / Dumna Airport (158 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Umaria (33 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Tala Bus Station (1 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

Wildlife

#1 of 9 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

At a distance of 1 km from Tala Bus Stop, Tala Zone is the oldest safari zone of Bandhavgarh and thus often considered as synonymous to Bandhavgarh National Park. The entry gate of the zone is Tala Gate located near Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge at Tala village.

The zone got its name from the local village Tala where the entry gate is located. Tala is the most famous zone among day tourists as the chances of spotting the wild predators in their natural habitats is high in this zone compared to other zones. It is known for its abundant natural beauty and open grasslands. The density of tiger population in this zone is high. Famous Bandhavgarh Fort, Shesh Shaiya statue, the origin of Charanganga River and Three Cave Point is also located in Tala zone.

The best way to explore the flora and fauna of the national park is to travel through jeep safari. Jeep Safaris operate in two shifts, one in the early morning and another one in the evening. The Jeep Safari is done only with vehicles .....

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Wildlife

#2 of 9 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

At a distance of 1 km from Tala Bus Stop, Tala Zone is the oldest safari zone of Bandhavgarh and thus often considered as synonymous to Bandhavgarh National Park. The entry gate of the zone is Tala Gate, located near Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge at Tala village.

Besides Jeep Safari, tourists can go for elephant safari on a pre-decided route which has been marked by management. Also known as Elephant Joy Ride, Elephant Safari is allowed only in Tala Zone. This safari makes the tour more enjoyable and complete as it allows one to get access to those forested areas which are not accessible by normal jeeps. The chances of Tiger sightings are high during elephant safari in Bandhavgarh Tala zone. This is booked on first cum first basis.

At present, Elephant ride is rarely offered to tourists as the procedure is long and non-transparent. In other words, now only influential or rich persons can enjoy the elephant ride and normal tourists will not get the ride. Allotment of elephants for .....

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Wildlife

#3 of 9 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

At a distance of 12 km from Tala Bus Stop, the Maghadhi zone is the core zone forest area of Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. It is just adjoining to Tala zone in the south-east forest of the tiger reserve area. The entry gate of the zone is Magadhi Gate, located near Eco Lodge, Bandhavgarh.

Also referred as Gate No. 2, Maghadhi zone was opened after many years of Tala zone opening for tourists to share the tourism burden of Tala zone and also to offer new forest area exposure to wildlife lovers, visiting Bandhavgarh. Magadhi Zone is a large area with beautiful grasslands and dense forest cover. Just like Tala zone, this is also a popular core zone area as it has some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Bandhavgarh after Tala zone. Famous Charger point of Bandhavgarh is also located in this zone. It is closed during the monsoon period.

The best way to explore the flora and fauna of the national park is to travel through jeep safari and canter safari. Maghadhi is a good zone .....

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Wildlife

#4 of 9 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

At a distance of 12 km from Tala Bus Stop, the Maghadhi zone is the core zone of Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. It is just adjoining to Tala zone in the south-east forest of the tiger reserve area. The entry gate of the zone is Maghadhi Gate, located near Eco Lodge, Bandhavgarh.

Also referred as Gate No. 2, Maghadhi zone was opened after many years of Tala zone opening for tourists to share the tourism burden of Tala zone and also to offer new forest area exposure to wildlife lovers, visiting Bandhavgarh. Magadhi Zone is a large area with beautiful grasslands and dense forest cover. Just like Tala zone, this is also a popular core zone area as it has some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Bandhavgarh after Tala zone. Famous Charger point of Bandhavgarh is also located in this zone.

Apart from Jeep Safari, Canter Safari or open-air Mini Bus Safari is the best way to explore the flora and fauna of Maghadhi Zone of Bandhavgarh. Maghadhi is a good zone for tiger, sambar .....

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Wildlife

#5 of 9 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

At a distance of 5 km from Tala village, Khitauli is one of the three core zones of Bandhavgarh National Park. Popularly called Gate no.3, it is the forest area of the Western part of tiger reserve situated just opposite to Maghadhi Zone. The Khitauli entry gate is located near the Tiger Valley Resort.

Came into existence in 2010, Khitauli zone is more plane with no hilly terrains but the forest is beautiful and dense than Tala Zone. It is well known for Birding and herbivores animals sighting where one can spot the mammal species such as Leopard, Nilgai, Sloth Bears, Spotted Deer, Wild Dog (Dholes). During peak summers, probability of tiger sighting increases. Charki Dongri, Kumbhi Kachhar, Garhpuri Dam and Nigahi Nala are located in this zone.

Visitors can explore Khitauli Zone by Jeep and canter safari. There are two safaris in a day from October to June, one starting in the morning and the other late in the afternoon. The tour lasts for 3 to 4 hours by jeep or canter (open .....

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Wildlife

#6 of 9 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

At a distance of 5 km from Tala village, Khitauli is one of the three core zones of Bandhavgarh National Park. Popularly called Gate no.3, it is the forest area of the Western part of tiger reserve situated just opposite to Maghadhi Zone. The entry gate of Khitauli is located near the Tiger Valley Resort.

Came into existence in 2010, Khitauli zone is more plane with no hilly terrains but the forest is beautiful and dense than Tala Zone. It is well known for Birding and herbivores animals sighting where one can spot the mammal species such as Leopard, Nilgai, Sloth Bears, Spotted Deer, Wild Dog (Dholes). During peak summers, probability of tiger sighting increases. Charki Dongri, Kumbhi Kachhar, Garhpuri Dam and Nigahi Nala are located in this zone.

Besides Jeep Safari, Khitauli Zone also offers Canter Safari or open-air Mini Bus Safari for its tourists. Canter Safari is available only in Maghadhi and Khitauli Zones. It is an open bus safari with a seating capacity of 12 tourists. .....

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Wildlife

#7 of 9 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

At a distance of 23 km from Tala Bus Stop, Panpatha Zone is one of the buffer zones of Bandhavgarh National Park. Adjoining Khitauli zone, Panpatha zone is entered from Pachpedi village.

Three buffer zones were added to the Bandhavgarh National Park in 2015, with the aim of reducing tourism in the core zones and providing an opportunity for people who cannot afford to visit the core zones to experience the park. The buffer zones are spread over Umaria and Katni districts. Panpatha zone is one of them while the other two are Dhamokhar and Johila.

Panpatha Zone is known for its scenic forest. Though the chances of spotting a tiger are very slim in this area, you could easily spot some deer grazing on the sides, especially early in the morning. Also, one can spot dhole (wild dog) in this area. The entry point of Panpatha buffer area is at Pachpedi village and the route for this area starts from Pachpedi and ends at Khitauli.

Opens throughout the year, Panpatha Zone can .....

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Museum

#8 of 9 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

At a distance of 40 km from Tala Bus Stop, Johila Zone is one of the buffer zones of Bandhavgarh National Park. Sharing the boundary with Core zone of Tala, the entry to this zone is from Chechpur village.

Three buffer zones were added to the Bandhavgarh National Park in 2015, with the aim of reducing tourism in the core zones and providing an opportunity for people who cannot afford to visit the core zones to experience the park. The buffer zones are spread over Umaria and Katni districts. Panpatha zone is one of them while the other two are Dhamokhar and Johila.

Johila Zone boasts of dense forest cover, river, rivulets, waterfalls, and natural scenic spots, etc., which has a great potential for attracting tourists. The two waterfalls namely Johila Falls & Kuthulia Falls in this zone helps in maintaining the water level of the forest during the summers and also takes care of the thirst of wildlife. This is birdwatchers paradise, presence of migratory and residential birds .....

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Wildlife

#9 of 9 Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park

At a distance of 18 km from Tala Bus Stop, Dhamokhar Buffer area is an extension of the Maghadhi Core area of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This buffer zone is entered from Parasi Village.

Three buffer zones were added to the Bandhavgarh National Park in 2015, with the aim of reducing tourism in the core zones and providing an opportunity for people who cannot afford to visit the core zones to experience the park. The buffer zones are spread over Umaria and Katni districts. Dhamokhar zone is one of them.

The forest and the partial plains of Dhamokhar Zone are famous for Leopard and Sloth bear sightings. The entry point of Dhamokhar buffer area is Parasi and the route for this area starts from Parasi to Badawar and it covers Jamunia, Jhaanjh, Mudgudi, Kehrawah, Kadewaha, Kudarmada, Sahu, Taal, Sehimaada, Madehavah, Kalwahdhaar and Badawar. Also, the area of Dhamokhar is densely populated with Deer, Sambar, Chital, wild boar and is home to plentiful species of the birds.

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