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Bandhavgarh National Park

Area Covered
Elephant, Bandhavgarh National Park448 sq. kms

Bandhavgarh experiences extreme climatic conditions as winters are bitter cold and summers are extremely hot. The temperature in the winters varies between 0°C- 20°C and in the summers can go up to 46°C. The rainy season usually begins in the month of July when the park is closed.

Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit the park is between December and February, but April, May and June are best for Tiger and Leopard sightings. The park is open from 1st October to 30th June and remain closed rest of the year.

Fees Charged at the Park
Entry fees Rs. 20 for Indians and Rs. 200 for foreigners. Extra charges for cameras, vehicles, guides and Elephant rides.

About the Park
Forest, Bandhavgarh National ParkBandhavgarh National Park lies in the heart of Madhya Pradesh within the district Sahdol. It is situated 441 m above sea level at Tala on the plateau of Vindhya Mountain ranges. Bandhavgarh National Park was once the hunting ground of Rewa Kings. In pre-independence India the tiger population in the park was decreased due to poaching. Bandhavgarh was declared a National Park in the year 1968 with a core area of 105 sq. kms. In 1982, the area of the park is extended up to 448 sq. kms. Bandhavgarh National Park was finally declared a Tiger Reserve in 1994. Today, the 448 sq. km area of the Bandhagarh National Park is infested with forest rich of Sal trees, Bamboo, Amlaki, Mahua, Kendu, Bahera, grasslands and several other woods. Bandhavgarh National Park is famous for White Tigers, which were first discovered in Rewa, close to the park Although the White tigers is a rare species, but you will get an amazing diversity of flora and fauna which make your trip to this park a memorable experience.

Wildlife Attractions
Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest population of tigers in India and is home to 22 species of wildlife and over 150 species of birds.

» Fauna : Wildlife found in the park are Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Rhesus Monkey, Hanuman Langur, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Small Indian Civet, Common Palm Civet, Indian Porcupine, Striped Hyena, Wild Boar, Chital, Northern Palm Squirrel, Sambar, Nilgai, , Small Indian Mongoose, Indian Grey Mongoose, Ruddy Mongoose, Four-horned Antelope, Gaur, Indian Hare, Blackbuck, Indian Gazelle, Indian Pangolin etc.

Lion, Bandhavgarh National Park» Avian Species : Over 150 bird species are found in the park that include the migratory birds which arrive in winter. Some of the famous bird species found in the park are Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Paradise fly catchers,Malabar Pied Hornbill, Shahin Falcon, Peacock, Brown Fish Owl, Jungle Fowl, Golden and Black headed Orioles, Green Barbets, Mynahs Yellow Ioras, Red-vented Bulbuls, Blue Jays and Purple Sunbirds.

Other Attractions
» Bandhavgarh Fort : Built in 14th century the Bandhavgarh Fort dominates the hilly area of the park. The fort is now in ruins has large number of caves belonging to the pre-historic period. The surrounding forest providing shelter to wildlife.

» Kalchuri Archaeological Remains : Apart from wildlife, Bandhavgarh National Park is also known for the archaeological remains of the Kalchuri period.
» Safaris : Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari are two ways to explore the park. Jeep Safaris can be undertaken during the early morning till evening. A forest department guide always accompanies the visitors on the Jeep Safari to the park. Elephant Safari trips are organized by the forest department which can be undertaken during the early morning. Elephant Safari is ideal for tiger tracking.

Where to Stay
Elephant Safari, Bandhavgarh National ParkAccommodation is available at forest lodge, guest houses and hotels. Madhya Pradesh Tourist Department has a forest lodge within the park, the PWD and the Forest Department also have their guest houses. In addition to this, there are hotels and forest lodges such as Tiger's Den and Taal.

» Air : Khajuraho (230 kms) is the nearest airport from Bandhavgarh National Park. The airport is connected by domestic flights with Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.

» Rail : Umaria (30 kms) is the nearest railway station which is on the Katani-Bilaspur section of South-Eastern railway. Satna (117 kms) is the another convenient rail head. Jeeps are available from the station to reach the park.
» Road : The Park is situated on the Satna-Umaria and Rewa-Umaria highway. Buses of Madhya Pradesh State Transport are available from Rewa, Satna, Katni, Umaria and several other places. Distances of some of the important places from Bandhavgarh are Umaria (30 kms), Katni (75 kms), Rewa 115 (kms), Satna (117 kms), Khajuraho (230 kms), Kanha (250 kms) and Varanasi (340 kms).

Bandhavgarh National Park Tour Package

Day 01: Depart by train from Delhi to Umaria (travel in air conditioned second class sleeper)
Spend overnight on the train.

Day 02 - 06: Early morning arrive Umaria station (06.00 hrs approx)
Transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park (30 minutes driving time approx.) at your resort for five nights. Enjoy your morning and afternoon jeep-safaris and elephant-rides in the Bandhavgarh National Park. Spend overnight at the Resort.

Day 07:
Morning depart by surface to Jabalpur railway station (170 kms. - 05.00 hrs driving time approx) to board your train at 15.40 hrs (travel in second class air conditioned sleeper) for Delhi. Overnight on board the train.

Day 08: Arrive Delhi at 07.20hrs
Transfer to a hotel for day use. Later in the evening transfer to the International airport to connect your flight for your onward destination.


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