In the heartland of India lies the magical land that is Bandhavgarh National Park. Named after the Bandhavgarh Fort that now stands inside the park, Bandhavgarh National Park has one of the highest tiger densities in India. Originally the hunting ground for the Maharaja of Rewa, the tiger reserve was declared a national park in 1968. Apart from tigers, the park also boasts a healthy population of leopards, sloth bears, and other mammals, as well as more than 250 species of birds. Besides Tigers, the park also plays host to a plethora of other animal species including Northern Plains Langur, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Boar, and Indian Muntjac to name a few. October to March is the best time to visit the park as the weather is pleasant for wildlife viewing.
Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Hard-ground Barasingha, Common hawk-cuckoo, White-rumped shama, Indian Vulture, Mottled Wood Owl, Jungle Owlet, Brown Fish Owl, Indian Nuthatch, Changeable Hawk-Eagle.
The Park offers 02 safaris on each day:
Park Safari Timing:
In Summers: Morning (0630 hrs - 0930 hrs) and afternoon (1530-1830 hrs) till sunset
In Winters: Morning (0700 hrs - 1000 hrs) and afternoon (1430-1730 hrs) till sunset
In each safari, you will have an exclusive jeep.
Please Note: Key species are the ones we expect and the region is good for them but there is no guarantee we will see all of them.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge
Accommodation: Monsoon Forest
Arrival at Jabalpur Airport / Umaria Railway Station. You will be met by an Asian Adventures representative and transferred to Bandhavgarh. Arrive in Bandhavgarh in the late afternoon. You have the evening at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Monsoon Forest
Explore the Tiger’s domain, and learn more about the big cat, its fellow forest dwellers, and the forest that it lives in, with morning and evening safaris.
Apart from being home to this regal predator, Bandhavgarh is also a delight for birdwatchers. The area hosts a variety of habitats, including forest, grassland, cliffs, and ponds, which play home to a wide variety of bird species both resident and migratory, all under the majestic backdrop of Bandhavgarh Fort.
Key species: Tiger, Leopard, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Sambar, Lesser Adjutant, White-naped Woodpecker, Black-rumped Flameback, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Black-hooded Oriole, Egyptian Vulture, Indian Vulture, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Shikra, White-eyed Buzzard
Enjoy your final morning safari in the park. Return to the resort for breakfast. After breakfast, checkout and drive to Jabalpur for your onward journey.
Key species: Tiger, Leopard, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Ruddy Mongoose, Bengal Monitor, Indian Nuthatch, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Indian Cuckoo, Pied Myna.
- Great opportunities to see and photograph Tiger
- Wide variety of other mammals, including Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barasingha, Gaur, and more
- Rich bird diversity and great birding experience
- Stay in some of the region’s best eco-lodges
- Experience the landscape, architecture and rural lifestyle of Central India
- Accommodation for 04 nights in Bandhavgarh 07 Jeep Safari Bandhavgarh with park entrance fee
- Mandatory park wildlife guide for the safaris All meals from first day lunch till last day breakfast
- All surface transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle All taxes
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH BANDHAVGARH
Bandhavgarh holds an irreplaceable spot in my heart. Even though I grew up reading stories about tigers, panthers and elephants, wildlife never fascinated me.
This all changed when, just after finishing school and before starting college, my parents chose to celebrate my good grades with a trip to a tiger reserve. They believed nature was the ultimate way to unwind. It seems destiny led us to Bandhavgarh National Park for my inaugural wildlife expedition.
That trip became the catalyst for my love affair with nature. Witnessing the mesmerizing beauty of tigers and encountering various bird species, from the stunning Malabar Pied Hornbills and Indian Rollers to the majestic Egyptian Vultures, felt surreal, almost too perfect to be real.
After visiting birdwatching destinations and national parks across the country, I recently had the opportunity to visit Bandhavgarh again, in an attempt to reconnect with my childhood memories. Not only was spending time in the wilderness a memorable experience, but I also had the opportunity to stay at a lodge called Monsoon Forest.
Compared to all the other wildlife resorts I’ve stayed at in the past, Monsoon Forest is truly special.
The way they have ditched the concept of manicured lawns and the “modern” concrete look for a natural landscape that’s close to nature was a welcome surprise. Couple this with the amazing team that I had the opportunity to be hosted by, proved to me one thing: Monsoon Forest loves and respects this wilderness as much as I do.
For all of you out there looking to make your next holiday more responsible, I say this: Head to Monsoon Forest in Bandhavgarh. This is truly THE place for the eco-conscious traveler!