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, other mammals, and over 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.
April to June are hot months and these are the best for serious wildlifers and photographers.
Tiger, Asian Leopard, Sloth Bear, Indian Bison, Indian Wolf, Golden Jackal, Spotted and Sambar Deer, Common hawk-cuckoo, White-rumped shama, Indian Vulture, Mottled Wood Owl, Jungle Owlet, Brown Fish Owl, Indian Nuthatch, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, and more.
My first love
Bandhavgarh will always hold a special place in my heart. Despite growing up in Madhya Pradesh, a state famous for its amazing tiger reserves, I was never really interested in wildlife. But a few summers back, just after I was done with school and before I was to start college, my parents decided to reward my good marks with a trip to a tiger reserve. Nature, they said, was the perfect way to relax. Perhaps it was fate that Bandhavgarh National Park should be the destination for my first wildlife trip.
This was the trip on which I fell in love with nature. From the indescribable beauty of the tiger to the many birds we saw, from Malabar Pied Hornbills to Indian Rollers to Egyptian Vultures, everything was just too good to be true.
In short, Bandhavgarh offers you great sightings of tigers and other animals, a great birdwatching experience, all with a beautiful landscape, and excellent accommodation and hospitality, all arranged perfectly by Asian Adventures!
Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge
Accommodation: Wildlife Lodge
Arrive at Jabalpur. You will be met by an Asian Adventures representative and transferred to Bandhavgarh National Park (3.5 hours). Arrive in Bandhavgarh in the late afternoon. You have the evening at leisure to relax, chat with the in-house naturalist, or do a little homework before your safaris.
Go for birding and test your cameras with in-house species.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Wildlife Lodge
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 afternoon 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.
If time permits, visit the nearby village to learn more about the local everyday way of life, as well as their customs.
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
Note: Bandhavgarh National Park will remain closed for safaris every Wednesday afternoon
Enjoy a final morning jeep safari in Bandhavgarh.
Post safari, check out from the lodge and proceed to Jabalpur for your onward journey.
Note: the tour can be extended or customized as per your requirement.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the hotels Meals as per the itinerary
- 03 Wildlife Safaris Permits and entry fee | All surface transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
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