Location of Bandhavgarh National Park: - Bandhavgarh falls in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, It is almost equal distance from cities like Katni, Sagar, Reewa and Jabalpur you can reach Bandhavgarh by road using various national highways. You can drive from Prayagraj through Reewa all the way to Bandhavgarh, you can also reach Bandhavgarh from Jabalpur or from Khazuraho or from Satna.
By Train- One of the nearest railway station to Bandhavgarh is the station of Katni just 100 kms from Bandhavgarh, Umaria is the nearest railway station just 35 kms from Bandhavgarh.
By Air- Domestic airports at Jabalpur and Khajuraho have very good connectivity with all major cities of India. Jabalpur airport is 200 kms from Bandhavgarh while Khajuraho airport is 250 kms from the Bandhavgarh national park.
History and Features of Bandhavgarh: - The name Bandhavgarh is assimilation of two names Bandhav and garh, “Bandhav” means a brother while “garh” is the fort. Lord Rama in the treta yuga accorded the fort at Bandhavgarh to his brother laxmana. Today the Bandhavgarh fort is ruled by the mighty Royal Bengal Tiger. Bandhavgarh national park falls in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. This area was a favorite hunting destination during the English times it was declared a national park in 1968 it was made a tiger reserve in 1993. The national park is spread in an enormous area of 716 kilometers. It was once known for the white tigers, the last white tiger was hunted by the Maharaja of Rewa in 1951 it was later stuffed and is still on display in the Maharaja of Reewa palace.
Bandhavgarh is known as heaven for the tiger lover tourists, it is said if you couldn’t sight a tiger on your Bandhavgarh safari then sure you might have been sleeping during your safari. The tigers of Bandhavgarh are easily spotted and many of them have been made hero by the television channels, Sita the famous tigress of Bandhavgarh ruled the jungle from 1985 to 1996 another tiger known as Charger was also very famous in the same era. Presently there are some 50 tigers in the Bandhavgarh national park this is the maximum density of tigers at any Indian national park.
Best time to visit Bandhavgarh: - The best time to visit Bandhavgarh is during the north Indian winter season from October to March. The climate is very enjoyable neither too cold the summers here are quite hot.
Zones at Bandhavgarh National Park : - There are three zones at the Bandhavgarh national park viz Tata, Magdhi and Khitauli, the Tata zone is the most famous for sighting of the tigers.
Fauna and flora at Bandhavgarh National Park: - Sure tigers are the main attraction at the Bandhavgarh national park but there are other 37 species of mammals in the bandhavgarh national park, the park is also home to hundreds of exotic varieties of birds and reptiles. The forest has abundant population of various forms of deer, hyena, bison, nilgai, Indian wolf, the nilgai and the spotted dear are the main prey of the tigers and the leopard population. The bison have also been in news as their population dwindled and they have been recently relocated from the Kanha national park. The jungle is primarily a dry grass land with trees of Sal and other Indian varieties.
Safari at Bandhavgarh National Park: - The jungle at Bandhavgarh can be accessed by the 4x4 jeeps or on elephant back. Guided by a trained naturalist you can explore the jungles of Bandhavgarh in a 4x4 jeep this safari can be conducted twice a day once in the morning and then again in the afternoon till the sunset. Apart from Jeep Safari you can choose to ride an elephant and access the interior regions of the jungle placed at a high vantage point. The elephant safaris are only conducted in the morning time.
Hotels and Resorts at Bandhavgarh National Park: - The Bandhavgarh national park has jungle resorts of all categories there are the high end luxury resorts as well as luxury resorts. There also are the standard budget resorts suiting even people with low budget.