Bandhavgarh National Park is another national park from Madhya Pradesh that spellbinds the tourists with its beauty. It is known for having a dense population of tigers and has become a favorable breeding ground for deer and leopards as well. Other than the mammals, it is also home to various species of butterflies and reptiles. With impressive management, this park has been increasing the overall population of tigers.
In the rainy season, it also becomes a favorite spot for birdwatchers. The park provides an adventurous safari to the visitors and allows them to see flourishing wildlife. The overall number of animals makes this national park a great place for Click on the tags below to insert variables into your titlenature lovers. It allows you to see tigers and other beings from a very close distance. You also get to see a great number of nilgai, barking deer, and sambar here.
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Places to Visit in Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh is itself a very amusing destination for every nature lover but it also helps you see many other places. Once you come here, you come to know about some great destinations that must be seen by everyone.
This museum shows you a collection of the personal belongings of the Rewa’s Maharajas. Along with the antiquated items, you also did some great work o taxidermy. Since hunting was prevalent in those times, the royals often kept the skin of the animal as a memoir. You also get to see the armoury that they used while hunting and in military operations.
It is mostly like doing a village safari here. The area is habituated by locals who are untouched by the sophistication of the urban lifestyle. From their clothes to their living and means of occupation, everything is totally rural and old. The mud houses and the earthenware hookahs are some mindblowing things that you get to see here in this quaint place.
Located near the fort, this beautiful pond shows you an ethereal setting with bamboo clumps and wild animals. It is also a place where you get to see the many types of creatures from the national parks quenching their thirst. The stunning water body enthrals in every way and it allows you to observe the wildlife in the most serene manner.
Known for its rich flora, Kethika is a place where you see a huge aggregation of aromatic plans such as Kewra. Besides them, you can get trees like Arjuna that have immense therapeutic properties. There are so many trees that you see here and it is totally heaven for nature lovers. The variety of trees can enthral even those who have never found anything interesting in the environment.
As the name suggests, this is a vintage point in Bandhavgarh from where you can get the whole aerial view of the reserve. Needless to mention, it is a must-see for every tourist who wants to take some great pictures of the national park. Besides taking some picturesque stills, you can take some rest in the serene environment and observe the landscape.
In the forest areas, you often find caves that intrigue the spectators. The bari gufa is one such place that literally means “Big Cave” in Hindi. It is an ancient monument and believed to be here since the 10th century. Notably, it is one of the biggest man-made caves in the world and continues to attract thousands of tourists from around the world.
Three Cave Point
You have already understood that there are three different caves in the forest and this place is situated somewhere amidst them. Here, you are able to see some very ancient and beautiful carvings. By seeing the location, you can surmise that the place was habituated by people once and today, it is a favourable shelter for many animals like tigers, leopards, and sloth bears.
This is a place that mesmerizes you with its amazing hillocks and the beauty of the river Dammer. Besides the natural landscapes, you are able to see various types of birds and animals including sambar, wild boar, chital, sorks, and vulture. With its ethereal and scenic location, this place charms many tourists and makes them come back here too.
This is a spiritual place whose visual charm cannot be undermined at all. It is an 11-meter long statue of Lord Vishnu accompanied by Lord Brahma and a Shivling too. As depicted in mythology, the Lord Vishnu rests under the awning create a multi-head mythical snake “Shesh Naag” and hence the name. It is also the place from the river “Charan Ganga” starts is believed to be created in the 10th century.
Cheshpur Water Fall
Being a natural waterfall in River Johila, this stream does a great job of mesmerizing the spectators. It is situated at a distance of 50 km from Bandhavgarh and becomes the go-to place for doing picnics and excursions. As a tourist, one can enjoy a full day of exploration, and fun and spend some quality time with their loved ones. It remains one of the most-visited places to visit in Bandhavgarh.
Another reminiscent of the 10th century, this temple is situated 11km away from Banghavgardh at the bank of “Charan Ganga”. As the name hints clearly, it is a temple dedicated to the goddess “Jwalamukhi” and remains a renowned place of worship for the locals. Those who come to Bandhavgarh and spare some time to explore the river, don’t miss out on paying homage to the goddess.
Fossil National Park
Like a few other attractions in this list, this one also gives you a clear idea about its salient characteristic. Fossil national park is known for being home to the floras in the fossil form that are estimated to be 40 million to 150 million years old. That’s right, being so unique in nature, this reserve is surprisingly lesser-known and does not fail to amaze wildlife lovers.
The site is still under the observation of archaeologists and there’s a lot to learn once you come here.
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Best Time To Visit Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh follows the norms of Indian reserves kept closed during the month of monsoon. All the other seasons give you a chance to see the tigers but if you want the best chances of spotting, then you must visit between the months of April and June.
Now you must be aware that these months are usually very hot and you should be mentally and physically prepared to tolerate such temperatures. If you are thinking of visiting this reserve with your family and kids, then the winter season is probably the best.
April to June- The best time for tiger spotting
July to Mid October- Park is Closed
November to March- Fair chances of spotting tigers with pleasant weather and scenic landscapes.
Bandhavgarh Safari Timings
Morning 6:00 AM – 10.00 AM | Evening 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Safari Timing Varies as Season Changes. Ask for current timing)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the best time to see tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park?
The best time to see tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park would be in the months of October to June. This national park remains closed from the monsoon months of July to September. We recommend you to visit the Bandhavgarh National Park from October to February as March to June will be hotter.
In case you are a wildlife photographer, then in that case March to May will be the perfect season as you will be able to witness many tigers roaming here and there in the national park.
When is Bandhavgarh National Park open?
How many tiger safari zones are there in Bandhavgarh?
What are the Jungle Safari timings in Bandhavgarh?
The Jungle Safari timings in the Bandhavgarh National Park depend on the season in which you are visiting. Generally, the morning safari in the national park will be conducted from 7:00 Am to 10:30 Am. The evening safari will start around 2:30 Pm to 6:00 Pm.
There could be a slight change in the safari timings as per the season as daylight hours are long in summers and shorter in winters.
How many Types of Jungle Safaris are there in Bandhavgarh?
In Bandhavgarh National Park there are majorly three types of Jungle Safaris which are as follows:
➤Jeep Safaris: The jeep safari is generally conducted in an open 4 by 4 jeep. In this maximum of 6 guests plus one forest guide and driver would be permitted.
➤If there will be any child less than 5 years of age, he will also be allowed. You can also do the canter safari which would be done in a 12-seater open canter.
➤Full Day Jeep Safaris: You have to ensure the advance bookings of this type of safari as the on-the-spot booking is not allowed. It would be quite expensive as compared to other safaris. One of the major advantages is that you would be doing the Jungle Safari for a whole day which enhances the possibility of sightseeing tigers and other wild animals. If you choose this type of safari, you will be allowed to enter the national park 15 minutes before other enters the park and will also be allowed to leave the park 15 minutes after all the people exit the national park. You have to carry your own breakfast and lunch during the safari. You will be offered access to all the tourism zone with a full-day permit.
➤Elephant Safaris: You can also choose an elephant safari which is subject to availability. This type of safari cannot be overbooked. There are fifty-fifty chances of you getting the chance of elephant safari as these are used for patrolling purposes into the interior areas of the national park by the officials of the forest department.
How to reach Bandhavgarh?
The nearest major city Jabalpur is located at a distance of 170kms which is well-connected to all the major cities of the nation. After reaching Jabalpur you can either book a private taxi or can take a bus to reach Bandhavgarh National Park.
The nearest railway station is Umaria which is just 35kms away from Bandhavgarh National Park
Jabalpur airport is the nearest airport to the national park.