Sahdol District, Madhya Pradesh, in the
central part of India.
Major Attractions :
Tigers, Leopards, Bears.
Area Covered :
Ideal Time to Visit the Park :
Between the Mid-November to June. The
park remains closed during the monsoon months from July to early November.
Nearest Attractions :
Kalchuri Archeological Remains, Bandhavgarh
Fort (14th century fort).
Some Major Accesses :
Khajuraho (via Satna) 230 km, Varanasi (via
Rewa) 340 km, Katni 75 km, Rewa 115 km, Umaria 30 km, Kanha 250 km.
Things to Know
Where is the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Bandhavgarh National Park is located within the district of Sahdol in
the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The thick forest of Bandhavgarh
National Park is nestled among the Vindhya hills.
The Climate in the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Bandhavgarh National Park provides its own climate, atmosphere, water
and nutrition through its recycling systems. Bandhavgarh experiences
climatic conditions that vary to opposite extremes. The temperature in the
winters varies from 0 to 20 degrees centigrade between November and
In the summers, the temperatures move to the other extreme and can go up to
46 degrees centigrade. Bandhavgarh has an average annual rainfall of 1200mm.
The rains here give very little prior warning. The rains, however, bring
good respite from the burning heat. The main monsoon season mostly begins
only once the park is closed from June to November.
Important Dates in the Bandhavgarh's History
The Bandhavgarh National Park was once a hunting ground of the royal family
of Rewa. Bandhavgarh was declared a park in year 1968. In 1968, the Maharaja
of Rewa handed over the area to the government for it's formation. At this
time, the entire park covered an area of 106 sq-km, but now, it consists of
an area of 448 sq-km. These much required extensions, to the northern and
southern areas, of the park were done in 1982. These areas consisted
primarily of Sal forests, which is the main tree-areas found in the entire
park along with Bamboo. In the year 1993, the Bandhavgarh National Park was
finally declared a tiger reserve under Project Tiger.
The Ecological System in the Bandhavgarh National Park
The Flora in Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh has a large variety of tree cover. Bandhavgarh has an excellent
tree and foliage concentration. About half the Bandhavgarh park is covered
with fine trees of Sal, while mixed forests are found in the higher reaches
of the hills. It is only in the slightly higher lands that it changes to a
more mixed vegetation of sali, saj, saja, dhobin etc. Stretches of bamboo
and grasslands extend to the north. The main wildlife viewing is still done
in the core of the park with its 32 picturesque, wooded hills.
Fauna in the Bandhavgarh National Park
The density of it's big cat population has made Bandhavgarh famous across
the globe. Bandhavgarh is blessed with a large variety of natives in terms
of animals. It is possible to sight tigers, leopards, gaur (Indian
Bison-although some say this is no longer seen), chital (spotted deer),
, wild boars,
, sloth bears, rhesus
, black faced
langurs, jungle cats, hyenas, porcupines, jackals, foxes, wild dogs,
chausinghas and ratels, among others.
The Avi-fauna in the Bandhavgarh National Park
Despite being famous for it's four legged inhabitants, Bandhavgarh National
Park is also a bird lover's paradise. Keep a look out for white browed
fantails, steppe eagles, green pigeons,
white rumped shama,
grey malabar hornbills, black and white malabar hornbills (quite a rare
sighting), blossom headed parakeets, parakeets, blue bearded bee eaters,
green bee eaters, white bellied drongos, owls, Jerdon's and gold fronted
leaf birds, minivets, woodshrikes and the lovely paradise flycatchers.
Safaris in the Bandhavgarh National Park
Jeep & Elephant Safari
One can enjoy exploring the wildlife in Bandhavgarh by two ways - Jeep
Safari and Elephant Safari. Jeep safaris are undertaken during the early
morning hours till evening. A forest department guide is always their with
the visitors on these jeep trips taken inside the park. Elephant safari
trips are organised for tiger tracking early in the morning.
Bandhavgarh National Park Travel Circuit
Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Nagpur
How to Reach the Bandhavgarh National Park
Khajurao at 230 km is the most convenient airport
connected to the park by various domestic airline services with Agra, Delhi,
The nearest railhead Umaria at 30 km is on the
Katni-Bilaspur section of South-Eastern Railway. Another convenient railhead
Satna (117 km) is on the Bombay-Howrah main line of the Central Railway.
Bandhavgarh National Park is situated on the
Satna-Umaria & Rewa-Umaria highway. Madhya Pradesh State Transport Bus
Services are also available from Rewa, Satna, Katni and Umaria.