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Welcome To Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh. With one of the highest densities of tigers, it is an extremely popular tiger reserve in the country. As per the tiger census report published in 2019, Madhya Pradesh is the state with the highest population of tigers (526) in its reserves. It is no wonder that many people visit the sanctuary, as the chances of spotting the wild beast in its natural surroundings are excellent. The Bandhavgarh reserve is spread over 1536 sq. km. which includes the 716 sq. km. core zone and 820 sq. km. of the buffer zone. The altitude of the national park lies between 400 to 800 metres. The magical land of tiger is nestled in Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh.
Bandhavgarh has the status of sheltering highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. It is said that the jungle was replete with white tigers and the origin of all white tigers in the world can be traced to Bandhavgarh. However, no white tigers have been reported from the region in the past 50 years. Apart from the tiger population, the area is also rich in biodiversity. More than 30 species of mammals, 260 species of birds, 70 species of butterflies, reptiles and insects are found in the region. The flora of the region comprises majorly evergreen Sal forests, mixed forests and grasslands. More than 500 species of plants are found in the forest area. The lush vegetation of the park attracts several birds and ornithologists can have a great time here. With the help of trained naturalists you can easily spot some of the common birds in the area.
How to reach Bandhavgarh
Reaching Bandhavgarh by Air: Though Khajuraho is the nearest airport; the flight frequency is comparatively less. Around 200 km from the Bandhavgarh National Park is the Jabalpur Airport (JLR) which offers excellent flight connectivity from Delhi and Mumbai. Regular flights by major operatives run from these metropolitan cities for Jabalpur. From Jabalpur airport (114 km away), taxis can be hired to reach the Bandhavgarh National Park. It takes around 4.5 hours by road to reach the destination.
Reaching Bandhavgarh by Rail: To reach the Bandhavgarh National Park, the nearest railway head is Umaria which is 35 km from the reserve. Apart from Umaria, the other station that is close to the national park is Katni. Both the stations are well connected to major cities of the country including Delhi, Agra and Jabalpur etc. You can easily hire cabs from outside the station to take you to your destination. It takes an overnight journey of 12-14 hours from Delhi to reach the station.
Reaching Bandhavgarh by Road: Though there are no bus services available that will take you from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh National Park, you can easily hire taxis or take private vehicles. The tiger reserve is easily accessible by road for cars. Thanks to excellent roads, the Bandhavgarh National Park is well connected to other parts of the country.
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Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh is one the most coveted destination for wildlife tourism, especially for tourists who wish to see the Tiger in the wild. Not only does it attract wildlife enthusiasts interested in watching the apex predator, the reserve is also quite popular among wildlife lovers who wish to see some of the rare species found in the park as well as those who are interested in watching different species of birds.
The Reserve is mainly recognized for the presence of majestic Royal Bengal Tiger,which is the National Animal of India and practically one of the most fascinating animal in the world. BTR with some of its dense forests, bamboo vegetations and vast grasslands along with some perennial streams, offers an excellent habitat for the solitary predator. Over the years, under the expert management practices of administrative body the reserve has witnessed a significant rise in number of the Tigersand is among the top reserves with high density of Tigers. Together with abundanceof prey species in tourism areas its one the best parks to sight the Big Cat in its full grandeur.
Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve has great historical significance also which is evidenced by the presence of the Famous Bandhavgarh fort, various Caves, Rock paintings and carvings inside the Protected Area.Thus, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve has its uniqueness where nature and history are inseparable.
The park consists of three distinct areas i.e. ‘Bandhavgarh National Park’, ‘Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary’ which make up the “Core Area” and the adjoining notified “Buffer Area” spread across the districts of Umaria, Shahdol and Katni.
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