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Information on Bandhavgarh National Park for Visitors

 

Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in Shadol district under the Vindhya mountain ranges. It is also known as white tiger country, this is a small National park, compact yet full of game. The forests of Bandhavgarh is most deciduous. The density of tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India because of its small size which covers 448 sq km. Bandhavgarh hill rises 811 meters above MSL surrounding at the mid of the tiger reserve. It is encompassed by many smaller hills separated by gently sliding valleys. Tala is the lowest point in the park which is 440 meters above MSL. Bandhavgarh National Park
The vegetation is mainly Sal forest in the valleys and on the lower slopes, it changes to mixed deciduous forest on the hills and in the hotter, drier areas of the park in the south and west. Bamboo tress are found in most of the areas in the park. Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandhavgarh have been maintained as Shilagarh or game preserve,of the Maharaja of Rewa in 1947. Rewa State was merged with M.P (Madhya Pradesh) Bandhavgarh came under the regulation of M.P.

General Information on Bandhavgarh National Park:

Bandhavgarh National Park Area: 448 Square kilometers
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve Area: 1318 Square kilometers
Altitude                                    : 440-811 m above mean sea level
Annual rainfall                           : 1173 mm.
Temperature range                    : 4 degrees Celsius winter to 44 degrees Celsius during summer


When to Visit Bandhavgarh National Park :

From mid October through June end are the appropriate time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park as the park remains open in this time period for the tourist. The park is kept closed during monsoon season i.e from July till mid October.

How to reach Bandhavgarh National park?

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.

Airport:
Jabalpur is the most suitable place to start for Bandhavgarh as it is the nearest airport. Only 190 kms away from Bandhavgarh it is well air-connected with Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Khajuraho airport is another option from where it is a seven hours drive (237Km). Though long, the driver 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 Road: The Park Can be reached from Jabalpur (175 km), Satna (120 km), Katni, Umeria(35 Km), and
Khajuraho (237 km)

Tourism Zones at Bandhavgarh:
For the convenience of visitors and management Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve has been divided into five tourism zones namely Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli. Out of the three zones Tala is the premium zone which is always on high demand and also very expensive in terms of the entry charges. Magadhi is also very promising zones while Khitauli is quite new.

Flora and Fauna: The park is mostly covered with Sal forest otherwise it is a mixed forest. Grassy meadow patches are also visible in the valley area of the park alongthe nalahs or the flowing streams. It has reach wildlife and all the animals are found in the park which are typical of this habitat in the central India

Wildlife at Bandhavgarh: In Bandhavgarh 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds are found.  Rhesus Macaque  and common langurs are considered as the primate group. Asiatic Jackal, sloth bear, Bangal fox, ratel, grey mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard and tiger are the carnivorous animals found in this park. Wild pig, spotted deer, sambar, chausingha, nilgai and chinkara are the artiodactyls which are commonly sighted in Bandhavgarh national park.  Dhole, civet, palm squirrel, the small Indian civet and lesser bandicoot rat are seen occasionally visible in the park.

Bird life in Bandhavgarh: A rich bird life flourishes in the vegetation surviving along the streams and marshes. Those commonly  visible are grebe, egret, lesser adjutant, sarus crane, black kite, crested serpent eagle, black vulture, egyptian vulture, common peafowl, red jungle fowl, dove, parakeet, kingfisher and Indian roller. 

The reptilian fauna include krait,cobra, viper, stasnake, turtle, python and various lizards including varanus. 

Bandhavgarh is densely populated with other species the great Gaur, or Indian Bison can be seen with ease as they come onto the meadows to graze at dusk. Sambas, Chital, Chinkara, Muntjac, wild pigs and Barking Deer are a common sight and Nilgai and Chinkara are to be seen in the more open areas in the park.

What to see

Bandhavgarh Fort :Over the Bandhavgarh hills, dominating the park stands Bandhavgarh Fort on the highest point, thought to be some 2000 years old. Scattered through out park and particularly around the fort are numerous prehistoric caves rich with shrines and ancient Sanskrit inscriptions.

Kalchuri Archeological Remains :Apart from the rich wildlife, Bandhavgarh is also famous for the archaeological remains of the Kalchuri period that had been found here.

Game Drives at Bandhavgarh National Park : Game drives are done by open jeeps at Bandhavgarh national park in which six persons can sit along with the driver and the guide. Jeep Safaris starts from dawn untill 10 am and from 3 p.m untill dusk.

Travels and Tours to Bandhavgarh N.P: Indian Excursion offers various Tailor made tour to Bandhavgarh national park. You can please fill in the following query form  to enable usto design your tour to Bandhavgarh. 

Accommodation at Bandhavgarh N.P: Various types of accommodation at Bandhavgarh national park are available. It ranges from budget class with basic facilities small hotels, standard hotels and resorts to luxurious jungle resorts, tree house and premium cottages and fancy tented accommodation. The standard and luxury accommodation offers the jungle plan (J.P- includes jeep safaris and all meals) and American plan (A.P - includes all meals with accommodation) to the tourist. For more information on accommodation on Bandhavgarh national park you can email us on info@travelcentralindia.com 

 


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