Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the national parks of India, located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh, with an area of 105 km2, was declared a national park in 1968.

This park is a home to more than 250 species of birds and 22 different species of mammals. The park mostly visited by the tourists from worldwide for the white royal predators.

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Bandhavgarh National Park is in the Umaria district of Eastern Madhya Pradesh (Central India). It covers an area of 450 Square Kilometers and is known for its spectacular collection of flora and fauna. It is a home to more than 250 species of birds and 22 different species of mammals. The vegetation of Bandhavgarh National Park includes tall grasslands and thick Sal forest.

Bandhavgarh National Park has three major zones named – Tala, Bamera and Magdi.

Among these the Tala zone attracts more tourists as it offers opportunities of sighting the tiger. The park authorities are now working to develop Magdi Zone by creating more opportunities for the tourists to spot tigers.

Though, the park is majorly inhabited by white tigers but it also provides shelter to several other Indian wild species like Cheetals, Langurs, Bison and Sambars. The beautiful woods of Bandhavgarh attract numerous tourists from all over the world. The park remains at its best during spring season.

Why to Visit

Bandhavgarh National Park is mostly visited by the tourists from worldwide for the white royal predators.

It also has a huge list of other animals and birds that can be spotted in the park which includes Bengal Tigers, Nilgai, Sambar, Barking Deer, Gaur, Chausingha, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Ratel, Grey Mongoose, Jungle Cat, Spotted Deer, Dhole, Palm Squirrel, Small Indian Civet, Little Grebe and Bandicoot Rat.

The species of birds found abundantly are Egret, Sarus Crane, Adjutant, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Kite, Black Vulture, Common Peafowl, Egyptian Vulture, Dove, Red Jungle Fowl, Indian Roller and Parakeet. Grey Hornbill, White Breasted Kingfisher and Common Teals are some other species of birds spotted in the park.

Reptiles like Cobra, Viper, Krait, Rat Snake, Turtle, Python and varied species of lizard including Varanus are also found in the park.

The panoramic view of Bandhavgarh National Park’s landscape includes cliffs, 32 hills, plateaus and meadows. The lower slopes of the region have forests of Sal forest and Bamboo. The higher hills of the park include high grasslands which are considered as the main vegetation of Bandhavgarh jungle.

The fertile riverbanks of Bandhavgarh have lush vegetation with 300 species of flora.

Tips for Visitors

  • Drive slowly in the park without disturbing the wildlife.
  • Keep to the specified roads and trails.
  • Respect the wild animals and maintain a safe distance from them.
  • Be seated in your vehicle as it is dangerous to get down at any points in the park.
  • Do not get disappointed if you don’t see a tiger. There are many other interesting creatures that you will come across. Gather memories to cherish for the lifetime.
  • Please remember that the park is not a zoo and you won’t see wildlife everywhere in the park.
  • Keep the park pollution free. While you are inside the park please put your non-biodegradable litter (thin cans, plastic, glass bottle, metal foils etc.) into the bag provided and dispose it off when moving out of the park.
  • Please attain the services of Nature Guides that is provided in the park for your benefit.
  • Do not smoke or light campfires in the forest. Accidental fire can destroy this wonderful jungle in no time.

How to Reach

By Air
The nearest airports are the Khajuraho Civil Aerodrome (250 km) and the Jabalpur Airport (190 km). Both are well connected to major cities like Delhi, Indore, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

By Rail
The closest railway stations are Umaria (37 km), Katni (100 km), Jabalpur (190 km) and Khajuraho (250 km). These stations are well connected to major cities.

By Road
You can get to Bandhavgarh by state/private transport buses or by car/taxi from Umaria (37 km), Jabalpur (190 km), Katni (100 km) or Khajuraho (250 km).

Nearby Attractions

  • Amarkantak is a well frequented Hindu pilgrimage center that is popularly known as ‘Teerthraj’ – ‘the king of pilgrimages’.
  • Wath the 100 FT. mable mountains at Bedaghat
  • Witness river Narmada dive from 98 Ft. to create Dhuandhar Falls
  • Visit one of the biggest nature parks, the 1058 hectares wide Dumna Nature Park
  • Experience the magical illusion by nature at Balancing Rock
  • Visit the point where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed at Tilwara Ghat.

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