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Bandhavgarh National Park

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

About Park

Bandavgarh National Park gets its name from the ancient Bandavgarh Fort which means “Brother’s Fort”. Bandavgarh fort is a place of mythological and legendary importance, as it is believed to have been gifted by Lord Ram to his younger brother Laxman. Bandavgarh is famous for its tiger population and rightly boasts as it has the highest density of tiger population (8 Tigers per sq. km.) in India. There is a saying about the Park that goes: “In any other Park, you are lucky if you see a tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don’t see (at least) one.”  This park has a varied and large biodiversity having large breeding population of leopards, and various species of deer. Bandavgarh became famous all over the world for its population of rare white tigers. Bandavgarh National Park had a small population of ‘Gaurs’ but they all died due to disease passed from cattle to them. The project of reintroducing around 50 ‘Gaurs’ in Bandavgarh from Kanha National Park was done in the year 2012.
Bandavgarh National Park is located in the Vindhyan mountain ranges in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Once a hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Rewa, Bandhavgarh, was declared a National Park in 1968 and then became a Tiger Reserve in 1993. The park contains 37 species of mammals, more than 250 species of birds, about 80 species of butterflies and number of reptiles.

So get ready to explore the ‘Land of the Tigers’ alongwith some great history of the Bandavgarh fort and an amazing hospitality awaiting you!


Best time to visit: October – June

Size: 448 sq. km.

Forest Type: Grasslands flanked with Sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes, gradually changing to mixed deciduous forest consisting of Sal, Saja, Salai, and Dhobin, etc. with dense bamboo thickets on the hills and in the hotter drier areas of the park in the south and west.

Mammals on focus: Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Indian Gaur, Spotted DeerSambar

Barking Deer, Nilgai, Wolf, Caracal, Striped Hyena

Birds on focus: Sarus Cranes, Plum-headed Parakeet, Green-headed Barbet, Orange-headed Thrush, Brown-headed Barbet, Hoopoe, Sirkeer Malkoha, Large-billed Crow, White-browed Fantail Flycatcher, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Rufous Treepie (Normal and Pallida), Brown fish Owl, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Common Kestrel, White-throated Fantail Flycatcher, Rufous Woodpecker, Sapphire Flycatcher, Crested Hawk Eagle (Cirrhatus), Oriental Turtle Dove, White-Rumped Vulture, Purple Sunbird, Giant Leafbird, Tickell’s Flowerpecker, Little Cormorant, Little brown Dove

Safari Gate

Core Safari Gate

Buffer Safari Gate

How to Reach

Jabalpur 199km / 4 hours drive 

Khajuraho 248km / 5 hours drive

Umaria 35 km / 45 min drive 

Katni 100 km / 2 hours drive 

Katni 100 km / 2 hours drive 

Jabalpur 199 km / 5 hours drive 

Umaria 35 km / 45 min drive  

Khajuraho 248 km / 5 hours drive 

Kanha National Park 250 km /  5 hours drive 

Nagpur 490 km / 9 hours drive 

Varanasi 250 km / 7 hours drive (approximately)

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