Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Langurs and Rhesus macaque
Jabalpur, Katni, Satna, Umaria
Forest and PWD rest house
Time To Visit
November to June
Once part of the old Rewa state, Bandhavgarh
national park is set amidst the Vindhya ranges with a series
of ridges running through it. Initially this park was the
royal hunting ground for the rulers of Rewa. At present, the
Bandhavgarh Park covers 448 sq km, but initially in 1968 it
had an area of 105.4 sq.km.
The density of tiger population is among the highest in India.
The tigers once roamed freely here but due to extensive hunting
(Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh shot 111 tigers by 1914), their
population came down drastically. Numerous steps were taken
to conserve the wildlife here without spoiling the natural
beauty of the park. Even today, the Bandhavgarh national park
has retained its unspoilt look.
The famous white tigers of Rewa were discovered in Bandhavgarh
National Park. The last known capture of the white tiger was
in 1951. He is believed to have fathered many a cub in Indian
zoos and outside. 'Mohun' is now stuffed and on display in
the palace of the Maharaja of Rewa.
Bandhavgarh is densely populated with other animal species
too. The great gaur, Indian bisons can be easily spotted when
they come to graze on the meadows at dusk. The sambar, barking
deer and nilgai are also common sights in the open areas of
The ancient fort of Bandhavgarh adds grace to the park. Climb
the fort to get a bird's eye view of the park. Do not miss
the small population of naughty black bucks that live here,
protected from the predators below.
The vegetation of the park is dry deciduous. About half of
the park is covered with sal trees. There are mixed forests
in the higher reaches of the hills. Stretches of Bamboo and
grasslands extend to the north of the park. Grassy meadow
patches occur in the valley and along the nalas. The park
sustains all those species which are typical to Central India.
There are 22 species of mammals which include langurs and
rhesus macaque as the primary group. The jackal, bangal fox,
bears, ratel, mongoose, hyena, jungle cat, leopard and tiger
form the core carnivore population. The animals frequently
sighted are wild pig, spotted deer, sambar, dhole, the small
Indian civet, palm squirrel and lesser bandicoot rat are seen
occasionally. Among the herbivores, the gaur is the only coarse
The national park holds some 250 odd species of birds along
the streams and marshes. Reptilian fauna include cobra, krait,
viper, rat snake, python, turtle and a large number of lizard
varieties, including varanus.
Park Trips :
The park can be entered on elephant back and/or in a jeep
and/or by car. In these safaris a forest department guide
always accompanies you. He will direct and tell about the
flora and fauna of the park. The best time to visit the park
is early in the morning or after 4 p.m.It is during this time
that the animals are most active and are easily spotted.
There are three well defined seasons - the cool (from middle
of October to end of February), the hot (from middle of March
to middle of June) and the wet (from middle of June to middle
of October). The annual rainfall is 1.173 mm, coming mostly
in the rainy season. The temperature ranges from a maximum
of 42 D celsius in May and June, to around 4 D celsius in
Best Time to Visit :
The best season to visit this park is between November to
June. Rest of the year it is off season for the park. Do not
forget that the park is closed in monsoon months .i.e. from
1st July to 31st October.
The forest department and the PWD have arranged good accommodation
facilities here. Madhya Pradesh Tourist department maintains
the White tiger Forest Lodge. The rest houses of forest department
and the PWD are sufficient to fulfill the needs of the visitors.
For reservations contact the Madhya Pradesh tourist offices.
Ask for the Bandhavgarh Jungle Camp from the forest officials
or the reservation authorities.
The nearest airport is that of Khajuraho which is connected
with flights from all over India. From Khajuraho, it is a
five hours drive to the national park. But there are many
railheads which facilitate the access to this historical national
park. Jabalpur is one of the major railway stations, just
164 kms away. Then there is Katni (102 km), Satna (120 km)
on the central railway section. Umaria (35 km) falls on the
south eastern section of the railways. Thus, access to Bandhavgarh
is easy by even train.
There are bus (both private and state bus services are available)
and taxi services to the national park from the nearby places.
The route passes through heavenly scenery. The road from Khajuraho
crosses Ken river which has been recently declared a Crocodile
sanctuary farm famous for the Ghraiyal, a rare fish eating
species of the crocodile. This road also goes to Panna, a
town famous for diamond mines. The same road branches off
For More Information :
Director, Bandhavgarh National Park, P.O Umaria, Dist. Shahdol,
Madhya Pradesh (India) - 484661
Reservation Authority (MPT hotels)-- Central reservations,
Marketing Division, MP State Tourism Development Corporation
Limited, 4th floor, Gangotri, TT Nagar, Bhopal (India) - 785612
Tel : (0755) 554340 - 43, 574289