If you are looking to visit a place where you can find picturesque locations and scenes that are worth capturing, include India in your places to visit list. It is filled with places where you can go and fulfill your lust for traveling. One of these places is the Bandhavgarh National Park. A wildlife sanctuary which is filled with the wonders of nature and where the animals live just like they are living in a jungle. To know further about the park, continue reading this in-depth guide for best Bandhavgarh wildlife tours.
It is categorized among the most popular national parks in India. The park is situated in Umaria district, a municipality city in Madhya Pradesh. It was declared as a national park in the year 1968. The actual area of the park is 1161.sq km.
The name of the park comes from the famous knoll of the area. It was given by the Hindu God Ramachandrato his brother Lakshmana so that he can keep an eye on the Ceylon. That is why it was named Bandhavgarh, which means brother’s fort.
There are three main zones of the park named Tala, Magdhi,andKhitauli. Tala is the most gifted zone when it comes to biodiversity. The park is famous for have a wide range of tigers even though they are now at their extinction point.
HISTORY OF THE PARK
If we go deep into the history of this park, it has major connections with the ancient times of Hinduism. The place itself has a historical importance as it is also briefed in the Ramayana. As mentioned above, it was gifted to Lakshmana. The reason why the name is still the same asthat of the presence of the old fort in the hillock which is the Vindhya Range of Umaria.
The fort is also considered as a great masterpiece of Treta Yuga which was discovered as the most ancient masterpiece even before the Christ period. It is also said that the destroyed fort was reconstructed by two monkeys. They built a bridge between Lanka and the land.
Bandhavgarh National Park has a wide range of animals. It contains more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. The Carnivores include:
- Asiatic Jackal
- Bengal Fox
- Sloth Bear
- Gray Mongoose
- Striped Hyena
- Jungle Cat & Tigers.
Some of the occasionally seen mammals are Dhole, the Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel and Lesser Bandicoot. The only herbivore which can be seen is a Gaur. Some of the artiodactyls have also seen Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, Sambar,Nilgai,Chausingha,andChinkara.
If you want to enter the Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, contact us to book your jeep safaris into the national Park. If you are willing to see animals in their fresh mood, set for the jeep ride which starts at06amand end at approx 0930 am. This is the duration when the animals are most active. The 2ndsafari start at approx. 1530 hrs and end by 1800 hrs.
The forest department guide (naturalist) will be with you throughout the trip during the jeep safaris. They will help in spotting the animals as well as if need any help or information during the trip. Elephants are also used for Tiger-Tracking . The elephant will take you directly to the place wherever a tiger is spotted. Since the elephant safari is banned, it is not available for the time being. So it is recommended that you go for the jeep ride.
As mentioned earlier, there are in total 3 ranges in the Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. These ranges were added to extend the area of the park. These are:
Khitauli: Before the year 2010, only one zone was available for the touristswereTala but later on two more areas were added. One of them was Khitauli. It is also known as Gate No. 3 of the park. It is separated from the other 2 ranges by a road which is called Umaria-Tala Road. This part is good for those who are willing to do some wildlife photography.
Magdhi: The range is also known as Gate No. 2. It shares its boundaries with the Tala range. In recent years, the range has gained a lot of popularity. It is because it is where you get the best view of the tigers.
Tala: It is the oldest range which was open for tourists. The reason why it is named Tala is that the gate of this range is connected to the Tala Village which is nearby the park. Later on, due to the popularity and demand of the tourists, the other two zones were also opened.
TRAVEL GUIDE TO VISIT BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
There are some things that you need to know in order to enjoy your trip to its fullest.
- Expenses Of The Park
The things that you need to pay for at the park are:
- Safari Permit Fee: 1,500 rupees for the whole jeep
- Guide Fee: 360 rupees per safari
- Vehicle Hire Fee: 2,500 per jeep
The higher rates of the premium zones have been ended. Foreigners and locals are not charged with different rates. The price remains the same for everyone.
- How To Get There
If you want to travel by air then Air India and SpiceJet fly to Jabalpur from Delhi. From there, you have to travel by road to Bandhavgarh which is like around 4 – 5 hours of traveling (170 Kms). You can even travel by train. You can get to Bandhavgarh from major cities like Umaria and Katni which are 45 minutes and 2.5 hours away from the park respectively.
- Visiting Seasons
The best months to visit the park are March and April. These are the two months when the Tigers come out. They are around the grass or somewhere near the watering hole as they get there to cool themselves.
You can even visit during May and June as these are the months when you get to sight more animals as compared to normal.
We suggest you avoid the months of December and January as it is very busy and the weather is also quiet freezing.
There you go! Now that you have important features of this place. Pack your bags and plan for a tour to Bandhavgarh National Park. You can check our websites for best Bandhavgarh Wildlife Tours and contact us for good deals.