Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is well known for its Royal Bengal Tigers and its diverse flora and fauna, including more than 250 species of birds. The vegetation of Bandhavgarh National Park consists of towering grasslands and dense sal woodlands. Hence, this park is one of India’s most popular wildlife destinations. Interestingly, all the white tigers in the world can be traced back to their roots in Bandhavgarh. Located at the foothills of the Vidhya hills in Madhya Pradesh, the national park presents tourists with the best of the wild. The terrain is a mix of grasslands, woodlands, hills, and rocks, making it a perfect place to spot a wide range of flora and fauna – thus making it an ideal space for an unforgettable jungle safari experience.

Quick Fact

The Mystic poet Kabir Das, whose writing had a significant influence on the Sufi culture and Hinduism, resided on the hills of Bandhavgarh during the 14th century. A temple at Bandhavgarh fort hill commemorates the place of his preachings to his disciples. Once a year, in the third week of December, the temple entry is allowed with the proper safety and arrangement from the Forest department.

History of Bandhavgarh National Park

The Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, was the locus of the local rulers until they shifted their capital to Rewat in 1617 A.D. Consequently, Bandhavgarh became a deserted forest region, eventually becoming a royal hunting reserve. The Maharajas killed 100s of tigers as it was considered auspicious.

It was not until post-independence that the destruction of the forests deeply moved Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa. On his proposal, an area of 105 sq km was first declared a National Park in 1968. Henceforth, poaching and grazing were brought under control, and thus, the wildlife population, including tigers, dramatically increased. The park was included in Project Tiger in 1993.

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    (February to June)

    Early summer is the best time to go on a jungle safari in Bandhavgarh National Park, as it is easier to spot the wild creatures once a heatwave begins. It is easy to see animals close to water sources in April and May because the high temperature dries the foliage. Thus, it is the best time to see tigers in Bandhavgarh.


    (July to September)

    During these months, the area receives significant rainfall, frequently causing waterlogging in several locations. Due to this, the terrain is quite challenging to explore, and the park is mainly closed during the monsoon.


    (October to February)

    You can visit Bandhavgarh National Park during these months for a delightful experience. For one, days are nice and warm with a comfortable temperature of about 25°C. The animals also breed during this time. You might even spot tigers mating in the wild.


    Bandhavgarh National Park can be easily reached by air route, the close airport being Jabalpur. You can also fly to Khajuraho airport. After arriving at the airport, you must take public or private transportation to the park.
    You can arrive at Umaria Railway Station if you plan to go to Bandhavgarh National Park by train. It is the nearest railway station to the Bandhavgarh National Park. The park is also accessible from the Katni Railway. Numerous trains from major Indian cities and towns run directly to the Umaria and Katni Railway stations.
    The park can also be easily reached by road as it is connected to all the major nearby cities by road. Numerous direct buses and taxis are accessible in the Central India region which can be used to reach Bandhavgarh National Park .


    • Bandhavgarh is only open from mid-October to mid-June since it closes for the monsoon season.
    • Since December and January are incredible months, they attract many tourists; therefore, plan your vacation as early as possible. Reservations are available 90 days before your safari date.
    • You can go on a morning or evening safari because the park closes for lunch.
    • Stay on the road and do not depart from the allotted routes.
    • Wear the appropriate clothes. Don’t appear too flashy, and loud colors will expose you easily.
    • Keep yourself hydrated.
    • Camp for at least one night for an enriching experience.


    How many days do you need in Bandhavgarh?

    Generally, tourists take 5-6 days to enjoy the best of Bandhavgarh.

    Which gate is best in Bandhavgarh?

    The preferred zone in Bandhavgarh is the ‘Taala Zone.’ It is the largest zone in Bandhavgarh and has the most chances of sighting the tiger.    

    Is Bandhavgarh worth visiting?

    Undoubtedly, the park is worth visiting. With the highest tiger density, the national park has a high probability of sighting these big cats.

    How many zones are there in Bandhavgarh?

    The national park has three core zones: Taala, Khitauli, and Magadhi, along with three buffer zones: Dhamokhar, Johila (Kalwa), and Panpatha (Pachpedi). Taala is considered the best zone to sight tigers, but other zones are equally worth visiting.