in the Vindhya Hills, Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh encompasses 32 hills
covered with a mixed forest of sal, dhobin and saga and large stretches of
grasslands with bamboo grooves. Bandhavgarh National Park is famous
for its tigers and the adventure unfolds at day break. The early morning
mist blankets surround your open jeeps. As we advance into the heart of the
Bandhavgarh Forest, a sense of expectation grips you. Tigers regularly give
audience in these parts. Other wild animals are also easy to sight and
capture on film. Experienced naturalists unravel the mysteries of nature as
you drive deep into the jungle.
Geographical Details :
From 80-47-00 E To 81-12-00 E
From 23-30-00 N To 23-57-00 N
Topography Code :
Altitudinal Range :
Average Rainfall :
Min 8, Max 42 (deg.Cel)
In the wild zone !!
is blessed with a large variety of residents - both in terms of animals and
birds. In the category of animals, it is possible to sight , leopards, gaur
, chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer , Dholes, nilgais , wild boars, sloth
bears, rhesus macaques, black faced langurs, jungle cats, hyenas,
porcupines, jackals, foxes, wild dogs, chausinghas and ratels, among others.
It is the density of it's big cat population that has made Bandhavgarh
really famous across the globe.
Many of it's tigers have played pivot roles of numerous films made on
wildlife. In Bandhavgarh, one gets to see some of the larger specimens of
wild boar, Sambhar Deer and Barking Deer are found anywhere in the country.
The Bandhavgarh national park is a jungle consisting
mainly of sal trees. It is only in the slightly higher reaches that it
changes to a more mixed vegetation of sali, saj, saja, dhobin etc. In the
northern region of the park, there are vast stretches of grasslands and
bamboo forests. A lot of this is what appears to be young bamboo, which can
be seen from it's green and slim appearance. This northern region also
consists of a series of rocky ridges with deep crevices cut by perennial
streams. In the south, the extensions, which were included into the park in
1986, consist of low hills covered with forest but interspersed with
grasslands that were formerly agricultural land. The central portion of the
park, which consists of the original 106 square kilometers and the fort, is
still the main sighting area. This area consists of 32 hills and also some
marshy stretches divided by large grasslands and a few water bodies. The
forest cover surrounding these is very dense all the way up the hilly
slopes, like those leading up to the "Shesh Saya".
Visiting Season :
Visitors can visit the park during the time period of
November to June; still the best period to come is January-April. Park is
open from October to June.
How to Reach Bandhavgarh National Park :
By Air - The most convenient route to Bandhavgarh National Park is by
air to Khajuraho from where it is a five-hour drive (237Km). Though long,
the driving is interesting; the road crosses the Ken river, some stretches
of which have been declared a crocodile sanctuary famous for the ghariyal, a
rare fish eating crocodile; and goes past Panna town, famous for its diamond
mines, to Satna, the midway-point, from where it branches off on a
subsidiary road across ridges of Vindhyachal to Bandhavgarh.
» By Rail - The nearest railway station near Bandhavgarh are
Jabalpur (164 Km), Katni (102 Km) and Satna (120 Km) on the central railway
and Umaria (35 Km) on the South Eastern Railway.
» By Road - The Park Can be reached from Jabalpur, Satna,
Katni, Umeria, Bilaspur and Khajuraho.
The Madhya Pradesh Tourist department has a forest lodge
in Bandhavgarh; the PWD and the Forest Department also have guest houses
within the park, where the accommodation, though not the height of luxury,
is adequate. Rooms range from some interesting cabins on stilts to
Besides this, there are hotels and forest lodges at Tala (at the entrance
to Bandhavgarh). More information on Bandhavgarh may be obtained from the
Director, Bandhavgarh National Park, P.O. Umaria, District Shahdol, Madhya
Pradesh. Reservations for the MP tourism lodge can be made at the MP State
Tourism Development Corporation in Bhopal.