One of the most popular safaris of India is accomplished in the large biodiversity park. The Bandhavgarh National park is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the central region of India.
The density of Tiger is very high in the forest keeping it as many as 22 tigers in 100 km area, which means you can spot 1 tiger in every 5 km run.
The Bandhavgarh jungle was a hunting arcade for Maharaja of Rewa. Since 1968, after taking serious measures to save the extinct species, the forest was developed as a reserve for many wildlife especially for Tigers to breed and be housed in most natural habitat.
The forest is divided into 3 main zones Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli, where Tala is the richest zone in terms of biodiversity and have the highest chances of spotting a tiger.
The park is located on the hillock, a tableland popularly referred as Brother fort, derived the word from part of mythological Saga Ramayan, where, Ram gives the land to brother Lakshman to keep watch on Lanka.
Bandhavgarh national park is a beautiful landscape with hills and natural fauna and flora. The park offers you many other attractions, among which visiting ancient caves are the most captivating one. The morning elephant rides while exploring the wildlife in their natural habitat will keep you thrilled and intrigued throughout the safari. The meditation centre at Kabir cave is another form of sanity to be achieved in the jungle.
Cost of Stay
Bandhavgarh Tiger safari in India is one of the economical wildlife safaris. The taxi fare from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh national park is around Rs 1000. You can book a decent comfortable resort for a stay from Rs 5000 to Rs 11000. The few too mention are Resort of Bandhavgarh National Park( Rs 5000)and Syna resort(Rs 11500). The experienced guide to navigate you through the forest can be hired for Rs 360 and the 5 seater canter will cost you Rs 2500. The elephant ride will cost around Rs 1100 per person. The entry charges for safari is RS 1500 but you can visit the ancient caves with no entrance charges,
Best time to visit
The monsoon makes the vegetation dense and it becomes quite hard to spot the wildlife through the lush green trees and plants, Though visiting National park during winters in the month of November to February is the best season to enjoy the safari in cold sunny weather but if you are keen on having an encounter with the royal beast then April to June is the best time to visit the national park.
How to Reach Bandhavgarh
The best route to reach Bandhavgarh is via city Jabalpur which is 188 km away from the Park. All the major cities of India like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata are directly connected by flights to Jabalpur. After reaching Jabalpur you can reach Unairi district by train or bus. You can take a private cab or bus to Bandhavgarh National Park which is only 23 km away.
Flora at Bandhavgarh National Park
The Flora of Bandhavgarh is majorly filled with Sa and bamboo forest in the grassland of the region. While you will only see fine trees of Sal and Bamboo in half of the forest, the other half of the forest is covered with the mixed species around the higher grassland, a prominent destination of the Bandhavgarh jungle. You can also see some common trees like:
Amla Palas (Butea monosperma)
Mango (Mangifera indica)
Jamun (Blackberry) (Syzygium Cumini)
Babul (Acacia nilotica)
Banyan (Ficus benghalensis)
Ber (Ziziphus mauritiana)
Khajur (Phoenix sylvestris)
Khair (Acacia catechu)
Fauna at Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh national park is home for 22 species of wildlife and 250 species of birds. You Can easily spot Langurs, Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chinkara Gaur, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard, and Tiger. If you are lucky enough too can also spot Dhole, the small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, and Lesser Bandicoot Rat which are occasionally visible during safari
Make sure to make a booking when you actually can make the most of it.
Table of necessary Details to help in making an online booking to Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve is as follows
|Best time to visit||March / June/November/ February|
|Tiger spotting||Very high chances|
|Population of tiger||23 tigers|
|Big city nearby||Jabalpur|
|Resorts available||The resort of Bandhavgarh National Park and Syna resort|
|Value for money||Expensive, average cost for 2 people is Rs 14000|
|How to reach||By Air, road or train|
|Most appealing factor||Ancient caves, Elephant ride|
|Things to take care of||The timing of sightseeing should be considered
Online booking should be done in advance
Take appropriate clothes along to escape the scorching heat in the day time and mosquito bites in Night
Book your tickets to the land of beauty and beast and choose a companion who can make your journey more comfortable, customized and convenient.