- Bandhavgarh is one of the most picturesque national parks in India.
- Bandhavgarh is at a distance of 165 km from Jabalpur ( 3 & ½ hrs. drive ) or 35 km from Umaria ( 30 min drive )
- Nearest Railway stations are Umaria, Katni & Jabalpur.
- Bandhavgarh has a mix of deciduous forest dominated by a hill, which according to legend was given to Lakshman by Rama.
The main 6 zones are : Tala – where the vast Chakradhar meadow gives way to the rocky hill topped by Bandhavgarh Fort. Halfway uphill, in a grove at the source of the Charanganga River, lies the statue of Reclining lord Vishnu.
Magadhi – another beautiful zone with mountains and meadows. Magadhi has surpassed the “star” zone of Tala for tiger sightings recently.
Khitauli – is great for spotting leopards and sloth bears.
Panpatha – offers dhole (wild dog) sightings, along with the KING.
Dhamokhar – Famous for wildlife sightings. Partial plain area of the forest is famous for Leopard and Sloth bear sightings. Arjun chad is the centre point of the forest to have breakfast and feel the freshness of the lemon trees.
Johila – 2 main water falls are there, which helps in maintaining the water level of the forest during the summers. Also takes care of the thirst of wildlife of forest.Cechpur water fall is renowned in the area. This is birdwatchers paradise, presence of migratory and residential birds are witnessed all round the year due to the availability of the water and the flora of forest.
Necessary Information for Jungle Safari Bandhavgarh
|Park Safari Timings
|15 Oct – 15 Feb
|16 Feb – 31 Mar
|01 Apr – 30 June
|06:30 – 11:00
|06:00 – 11:00
|05:30 – 10:00
|Evening Safari Time
|14:30 – 17:30
|15:00 – 18:00
|16:00 – 19:00
Note: Safari timing is discretionary power of Park management & may change anytime as per situation.
National parks in MP are closed on Wednesday evening for Jungle safari. National park is closed on Holi day also. in the month of March.
Government ID Proof is mandatory for safari bookings.
Bandhavgarh meadows a resort near Tala zone assists for online safari bookings in Bandhavgarh National Park.
Open Jeep Safari – An open jeep can accommodate 6 persons, above 5 years of age accompanied by guide and driver. Morning & Evening Safari’s are booked.
Canter Safari – Jungle safari on canter is a new concept for Central India national park, this concept is already successful in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Safari canters are introduced in Bandhavgarh, Kanha national park and Pench national park in Madhya Pradesh. It is a open 12 to 24 seater bus. Canter safari tickets are booked through the booking counter at the gate of Bandhavgarh National Park. Online canter safari bookings are not allowed. Morning & Evening safari’s are booked in the park.
Full Day Safari – The duration of the safari is from dawn to dusk, and is fifteen minutes more for entry and exit then the regular permits. The tourists aiming for full day safari have to make a deposit with the forest department of ten thousand rupees. The park permits zone and route free entry besides the extra timings.
Elephant Safari – We call it Elephant Joy ride or Elephant safari and is allowed in tala zone, Elephant safari has gained popularity among wildlifers, they travel to Bandhavgarh National park to appreciate the beauty of the forest and the glorious beast of Bandhavgarh. Elephant safari makes the tour more enjoyable and complete. The chances of Tiger sightings are high during elephant safari in Bandhavgarh Tala zone. For the professional photographers and filming this is the blessing as it offers half day safari. This is booked first cum first basis.
Following things are advisable things to carry during travel to National Park in Bandhavgarh
- Sun-glasses, Hat or cap, proper foot wear.
- Good-quality camera is essential to capture the memories of wildlife Jungle safari in Bandhavgarh.
- Earth color clothing to be worn, avoid wearing shiny clothes.
- Binoculars to have a clear sightings from a distance.
- Contact Bandhavgarh Meadows for the safari booking assistance.