Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park Undoubtedly an amazing place for wildlife lovers!! The Bandhavgarh National Park will introduce you to the real Indian jungle.

Introduction

Spread at Vindhya ranges in Umaria District of Madhya Pradesh, the Bandhavgarh National Park is located at a distance of 165 km from Jabalpur City. The place is one of the most famous parks in India which was earlier a hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. It was declared a national park in 1968. Tiger has always been the main attraction of the park. However, it boasts of a huge variety of flora and fauna. The Tiger reserve is sprawled in 1536.93 sq km of area. Out of this, an area of 716.90 sq km falls under the core area with majority of extremely rugged terrain and hills.

Attractions

Fauna

The principal fauna in the park includes mammals such as tiger, panther, spotted deer, sambar, blue bull, wild boar, barking deer, wild dog, leopard, wolf, jackal, sloth bear, wild pig, langur and monkey. Chameleon, viper, cobra, python, krait etc. constitute the reptilian population of the reserve. It harbours about 250 species of birds mainly egret, jungle crow, peafowl, grey hornbill, red wattled lapwing, crested serpent eagle, quails, owls, parakeets and common teal. Here, a majority of wildlife depends on Tala Range which serves them with abundant amount of food resources and water. In addition, old tanks and water holes are also there. Charanganga is the main river in the park.

Flora

The vegetation of the park is tropical dry and moist deciduous. The main flora in the park consists of sal, saja, tendu, aonla dhawda, jamun, salai, garari, bamboo etc. Its forests are chiefly dominated by sal trees in the valleys, whereas bamboo plants are found in abundance on its lower slopes. Amid valley, marshes and meadows; the park is dotted with many hills and hillocks

Activities

For adventure freaks and wildlife photographers, jeep safari and elephant safari are the best activities to live their passion.

Other attractions

There are many places in and around the park which intrigue tourists. Bandhavgarh Fort, located on the hilltop of Bandhavgarh Hill, is believed to be 2,000 years old and also the oldest forts in India. On the same hill, there are Bandhavgarh Ancient Caves containing more than 30 caves including the 10th century Badi Gufa (Giant Cave). Some of the caves are natural and some are man-made. On some caves, there are inscriptions in Brahmi script and the figures of different animals. At 100 metres from the park, located is Baghel Museum showcasing the personal belongings of the Maharaja of Rewa along with his ancient equipments and military weapons.

Luxury wildlife resorts

Taj Safaris Lodge - Mahua Kothi

The luxury lodge is spread over 40 acres of land with 12 beautiful cottage suites, built in vernacular style of Central India, known as kutiyas. The luxury resort, by Taj Group, gives its guests a rustic feeling through its surroundings and overall design. Its air-conditioned suites have amenities like minibar, laundry bag, in-room heating, writing desk, direct dialing telephone etc. Its restaurant offering local delicacies is a perfect place for those who look for refined taste.

 

Samode Safari Lodge

It is an elegant place offering top-notch services. With unparalleled hospitality, the 12 independent villas of the lodge represent opulence. These spacious villas come with a bedroom, sitting room, dressing room, private veranda with a view and modern en-suite bath. There is a swimming pool, spa and gym which will refresh you completely. Here, you get the pleasure of having amazing food in exotic venues. Every corner of the lodge speaks about its grandeur.    

Syna Tiger Resort

Get the best of luxury complimented by the serene nature at Syna Tiger Resort. Its 15 artistically decorated cottages are well-appointed ensuring a memorable stay to its guests. With banquet and conferencing facility, multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, spa, fitness centre and swimming pool; this eco-friendly resort is an ideal place to have a great stay.

 

Kings Lodge

The luxury resort sprawled in about 35 acres is committed towards environment conservation. With 10 cottage rooms and 8 stilt cottage rooms equipped with modern amenities, the resort offers refined hospitality and brilliant services. Here, the privacy of guests is taken care of. All rooms are surrounded by nature eventually creating a great ambience.

Other big players offering tourists an opportunity to explore the beauty of the distinctive jungle are Bagh Sarai, Bandhav Vilas, Jungle Lodge, Tree House Hideaway Resort, Infinity Bandhavgarh Wilderness etc.

When to go

 The best time to visit the park is between November and February when the park receives huge number of tourists due to cool weather. However, in summers (from March to mid June) the possibilities of sighting the tigers are relatively high as they come out in search of water holes.

How to go

By Air:  Jabalpur and Khajuraho at a distance of 195 km and 237 km respectively are the major airports.

By Rail: At 33 km, the railway station at Umaria is the nearest one.  

By Road: Buses and taxis are easily available from Jabalpur, Katni and Umaria for the Bandhavgarh National Park.

Bandhavgarh - an unspoiled wildlife habitat

A trip to the Bandhavgarh National Park will give you a chance to explore the best of pristine wilderness.

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