BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Bandhavgarh National Park is a small national park located in the Vindhyas, in the Umeria district of Madhya Pradesh. This small national park that boasts of high tiger density is famous for the rich population of white tiger. Bandhavgarh National Park was declared as a tiger reserve under “Project Tiger” in the year 1993. The history of this National Park is tinted with the mythical history of Ramayana. The national park is named after a famous hillock, which is said to be gifted by Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana in order to look over Ceylon. The national park served as the hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa. In 1947 when the Rewa State was joined with Madhya Pradesh; Bandhavgarh came under the regulations of the state – Madhya Pradesh. The Maharaja of Rewa had still retained the hunting rights. After 1968 the ruling government of Madhya Pradesh took over the rights of the Bandhavgarh National Park forest. The ancient Bandhavgarh Fort which is one of the oldest fort in Madhya Pradesh still belongs to the Maharaja of Rewa and prior permission is needed to visit it.

The forests of the Park are mostly covered with moist deciduous trees, scrubs and woodland. The park is dotted with swampy meadows all over, locally known as “bohera.” Sal tree is the most predominant here. The national park is criss crossed by about twenty small rivers. Bhagela Museum is another famous attraction in the national park where the prized collection of the Maharajas of Rewa is exhibited. Bari Gufa is another famous man made cave built here in the tenth century.

Location Umaria District (Madhya Pradesh) 
Nearest AirportJabalpur Airport: 220 km (04 hrs. drive)
Khajuraho Airport: 280 km (05-06 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationUmaria Station: 34 km (01 hr. drive)
Katni Station: 95 km (02 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsWhite Tigers, Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Gaur, Chausingha and Chinkara, The Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel
Total Area Covered1161 sq. km.
Established in Year1968
VegetationMoist deciduous and dry deciduous forests with grasslands
Best Time to Visit16 October to 30 June. The park is closed for visitors during the rest of the year.
ClimateOctober-February: Winter season starts. The weather compels visitors to wear heavy layers of winter clothes as the mercury might go down to 15-20°C. The open marshy hollows get covered with frost and the greenery looks impressive
March-June: Summer season continues from end of March to end of June with temperature going up to 45°C. It is a good time to sight Tigers  since the vegetation is dry

BANDHAVGARH SAFARI TIMINGS

Season Date Timing 
Winter1 Oct-31 OctMorning: 6:00 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
1 Nov-30 NovMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
1 Dec-31 DecMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
1 Jan-31 JanMorning: 6:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
Summer1 Feb-28 FebMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:15 pm
1 Mar-31 MarMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:30 pm
1 Apr-30 AprMorning: 5:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 6:45 pm
1 May-30 JunMorning: 5:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

BANDHAVGARH SAFARI ZONES

Safari Zones
Tala Zone
Magdhi Zone
Khitauli Zone
Dhamokhar
Johila
Panpatha

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