Call of the Wild Cat
Bandhavgarh National Park is known as a popular Tiger Reserve National Park of India. Located in the district of Umaria in Madhya Pradesh, it is the best place to see the famous Royal Bengal Tigers prowling in its natural habitat. The huge park is divided into three main zones, Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli. Bandhavgarh also has beautiful forts, manmade caves with inscriptions and rock paintings. The national park is the home of more than 37 species of mammals and 250 species of avifauna along with a hundred of species of local and migratory birds. Bandhavgarh is under Wild Protection Act since 1972, so it has the highest number of tigers in India along with it the reserve has a large breeding population of leopards and various deer species, some of the species of Gaur are being reintroduced in the park. Some of the tourists have reported sightings of Indian Bison, Sambar, Caracal, Chital, Barking Deer, Indian Wolf, Striped Hyena, Indian Leopard etc., you will fill very unlucky if you were unable to see such a large variety of wildlife. Bandhavgarh is the heaven of Ornithologist, the most peculiar and rare typical birds can be found zooming around the forest, the most seen uncommon birds are Plum-headed parakeet, Brown fish Owl, Purple Sunbird, Yellow-footed green pigeon, Malabar pied hornbill, Yellow-crowned woodpecker etc. Bandhavgarh serves various tour packages of your convenience to explore the Sanctuary, basically, it includes the Bandhavgarh Hill, the National Part itself, Shesh – Saiya, Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary, Baghel Museum, Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves, Climber’s Point and Malaya.
Bandhavgarh can be count as one of the Sanctuary, which has diversity in flora and fauna. Once served as the Shikargah for the then King and his guests, the forest is a home of 700 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and butterflies. The unspoiled natural habitat dates back from King’s era and gives you the filling of historical time while walking or exploring the grasslands. Other than that, the place has a mythological significance, the park derives its name from the fort situated in a hillock, which was said to be a gift by Hindu God Rama to his brother Lakshmana, hence the name Bandhavgarh that translates ‘Brother’s Fort’.
Top things do in Bandhavgarh
How to reach
Bandhavgarh is a well-known tourist attraction place and is connected with different transportation offered by the government.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airports are Khajuraho Civil Aerodrome that lies 250 km from the sanctuary and the Jabalpur Airport that is 190 km away. Both the airports are well connected to major cities like Delhi, Indore, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
How to Reach by Train
The closest railway stations to Bandhavgarh are Jabalpur that is 190 km away, Katni, 100 km away and Umaria around 37 km away. All the station are conveniently connected to the major cities of the country.
How to Reach by Bus
Bandhavgarh is connected by State and transport buses that are available from Umaria, Khajuraho, Jabalpur, and Katni.
How to Reach by Road
Personal Cars and Private Cars are easily accessible by the roads connecting Bandhavgarh from adjoining cities. The Roads are smooth and maintained for tourist to travel.
How to travel within
There are local jeeps and elephant safaris available within the boundaries of the sanctuary.
Getting a huge number of tourist every year, Bandhavgarh serves a variety of cuisines from different regions on India, also Continental food can be found too. For the more adventurous types who love partaking every expects of the journey, the place serves rich local cuisine of Madhya Pradesh such as Korma, Poha, Rogan Josh, Biryani, Dal Bafla, Jalebi etc.
- Kolkata Restaurant
- Malaya Café
- Baghela Resort
- Hotel Whispering Grass
- Singh Dhaba & Restaurant
Day 1: Landing in Jabalpur airport, it’s a 4 hr. approx. journey to Bandhavgarh. Sit back and watch the beautiful historical landscape of the mesmerizing countryside. Reaching in the evening, checked in the resort of your choice and enjoy your evening in a laid back manner getting entertained by the resort and eating local cuisine.
Day 2: Start an early morning by taking elephant safari, which is advisable, it will take you into the deeper forest area, and you can’t miss the deer or another wild life grazing around the grassland. You might be lucky enough to catch a tiger prowling around. Spend your day, watching birds or take another jeep safari within the forest. Leave at evening for the airport to catch the avail flight.