What is Bandhavgarh?

The Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most prominent wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves in India. Located in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the national park is renowned for hosting highest population of Royal Bengal Tigers in the country.

Seeing the imminent threat to the tiger population due to increasing human activities encroaching on their habitats, the government declared the area a national park in 1968. In this, the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, under the Project Tiger initiative of the authorities, was declared over an area of 437 sq km, in 1993.

The Bandhavgarh National Park derives its name from a fort on a small hillock which was said to be built by Lord Rama and Lakshman to keep an eye out for imminent threat from Ravana, of Lanka (Ceylon), hence the name, Bandhavgarh = Brother’s Fort.

Where is Bandhavgarh?

Bandhavgarh National Park is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. The buffer zone is spread over an immense 820 sq km and covers part of the neighboring Katni district as well as Umaria.

The national park is divided into three zones – Khitauli, Magdhi and Tala. The latter is the richest zone in terms of wildlife, and forms the core area of the tiger reserve, which is over 715 sq km. The forest in the valleys and lower slopes is Sal, which transforms gradually into mided-deciduous forest on the hills and the dry and hot areas of the rest of the national park. There are numerous streams flowing through the region which provides nourishment to the diverse flora and fauna here.

What is interesting about Bandhavgarh?

Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve is a large wildlife sanctuary and is located in central India. It is home to numerous mammals, including the Royal Bengal Tigers, along with the Indian leopard and other wild animals.

Bandhavgarh has one of the highest populations of tigers in the world.

Flora in Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve has a rich biodiversity and is immensely diverse when it comes to wildlife. These are the prominent types of flora found here:

  • Sal
  • Saja
  • Dhobin
  • Salai
  • Bamboo

Fauna in Bandhavgarh National Park

When it comes the varieties of wildlife there are only a handful of other national parks in the country which can be compared to Bandhavgarh National Park. As part of the Project Tiger initiative, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is a major sanctuary for the revival of the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Among the 50 or so tigers here, some of the more popular in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve are:

  • Pattiah
  • Mukunda
  • Sukhi
  • Jaya
  • Bheema
  • Mahaman

Apart from the numerous Bengal tigers, the national park is also host to over 35 species of mammals, including:

  • Gaur (Indian Bison)
  • Barking Deer
  • Sambhar
  • Nilgai
  • Striped Hyena
  • Indian Wolf
  • Caracal
  • Chital (Spotted Deer)
  • Indian Leopard

Avian life in Bandhavgarh National Park

The rich biodiversity and the diverse ecological system of the national park is home to over 250 species of birds, including:

  • Sarus cranes
  • Indian Roller
  • White-Breasted Kingfisher
  • Drongo
  • Paradise Flycatcher
  • Bee-Eater
  • Indian Peafowl

Best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park

To enjoy the natural beauty of the Bandhavgarh National Park and to witness the majestic Royal Bengal Tigers in the immense tiger reserve, the best-suited time is between February and June. The entry into the park is not allowed between the months of July and October.

Safari activities and timing

The Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve allows tourists an excellent way to tour the jungle and spot wildlife in their unique habitats, by organizing daily safari tours in Jeeps.

To ensure that you can view the wonderful Bandhavgarh in its true beauty make sure to reach on time for the scheduled safari tours, which are at:

  • Morning safari – 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon safari – 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

How to reach Bandhavgarh National Park?

By Flight – The closest airport near the Bandhavgarh National Park is the Jabalpur Airport (190 km) and it takes around 3-4 hours to reach the park gates from her, by road.<

By Train – The nearest railway stations to Bandhavgarh National Park are at Umaria and Katni, as these offer effective connectivity with the rest of the country too, by rail.

By Road – The closest bus stop is at Katni Bus Stand and it takes only around 30-50 minutes to reach the nearest park gate.

Safety precautions

To enjoy the beauty and splendor of Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve at its best, you need to take care of some important points.

It is highly advised to carry long-sleeved clothes and wear multiple layers of clothing, preferably, to avoid insect bites, dust allergies and protect against the chilly weather in the evenings.

When you are inside the park area, avoid making unnecessary noises, so as not to disturb the wildlife around. There is a strict No-Littering policy enforced within the park and its surrounding to keep the area free from pollution.

Make sure to book your resort room and safari spot at the earliest to enjoy the pleasant national park in the best possible way.

Book a Trip

To be able to enjoy the vast and verdant forest of Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve comfortably, ensure that you make your bookings only with Waghobanagari.