Bandhavgarh National Park,one of the most renouned National Park’s of India is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh,India. The name “Bandhavgarh” is said to be in honor of the pre historic “Bandhavgarh Fort”.
As per ancient Indian mythology, Lord Rama asked his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka from this hillock on which the fort is situated. Bandhavgarh was awarded the status of National Park in 1968 & is spread across an area of 446 sq kms.
Bandhavgarh National Park is renouned for the highest density of tigers in India. It’s one of the only game reserves in India which nearly guarantees a “Tiger sighting” in the wild.
Flora in Bandhavgarh National Park :
The flora in Bandhavgarh National Park is very diversified & involves both dense forests & grasslands. The forests of Bandhavgarh National Park can be termed as moist deciduous & is dominated by Sal,Bamboo,Saja,tendu,Jamun,etc.
Fauna in Bandhavgarh National Park :
Surely,the Royal Bengal Tigers are the most sought after. However, Bandhavgarh National Park is abundant with a huge mix of carnivorous, herbivorous, reptiles as well as birds.
Carniverous animals in Bandhavgarh National Park :
Tigers,leopards,Asiatic jackals,fox,sloth bear & hynae.
Herbivorous animals in Bandhavgarh National Park :
Spotted Deers, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Wild boar, Gaur, Chausingha & Chinkara.
All the National Parks of MP remain closed from 1st July till 30th Sept or as reviewed & declared by the Forest dept.
Climate & best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park
Each & every season offers a unique experience. While in winters when the temperature falls below 2°c, the fog settling on the lakes & the meadows are a photographers delight. In summers, the temperature can shoot upto 42°c. The clarity of the atmosphere in this season helps the tourist get a perfect view of wild life.
Bandhavgarh National Park Safari :
Bandhavgarh National Park has been classified into three zones for tourism purposes.
They are :
Tala zone: is the premium zone & is popular for Tiger sightings. Being a premium zone is very much sought after.
Magadhi zone: since last few years, statistically, Magadhi zone recorded the highest number of Tiger sighting.Has an extreme high demand from wildlife enthusiasts.
Khitauli zone: apart from Tigers,a good population of herbivorous can be seen including the Blue Bull ( Nilgai ) & Chinkaras. Khitauli zone is a good place for birding,specially to view the State Bird of Madhya Pradesh i.e. Asian Paradise Flycatcher.
All the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh reserves half day off on every Wednesday’s.
There are no afternoon safari’s on Wednesday’s.
There are no safari’s on national holidays & festivals.