Bandhavgarh National Park is a great place to see rich Indian wildlife in all its glory. Located in the lush Vindhya Hills in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the park is spread across an area of 105 sq km and flourishes with amazing wildlife, gushing streams, chirping birds and dense forests. The park is known to have one of the highest densities of tiger population in India and hence is a big hit with wildlife buffs. To take a closer look at the majestic creatures and exotic natural beauty of the park, tourists can take elephant or jeep safaris. Here is what you need to know before planning your trip to this gorgeous national park in India.
Spotting the famous Bengal tigers is the main highlight of a trip to Bandhavgarh National Park. Over the years, the park has seen a significant increase in its tiger population. By going on a safari in the park’s main Tala zone, visitors have a good chance to see the majestic creatures in their natural habitats. But even if you miss a glimpse of the tigers, the fascinating landscapes and other beautiful animal and bird species here ensure that your journey is worthwhile. The park also harbours one of India’s largest breeding populations of leopards and deer. Other animals you can spot here include gaur, sambar, barking deer and striped hyena.
You can explore Bandhavgarh National Park either on a jeep or on elephant back. The latter way is undoubtedly more exciting. You can explore untamed parts of the jungle while enjoying an elephant ride. Each safari in the park, whether on jeep or elephant, is conducted by a guide. It’s best to book your excursion well in advance, especially if you plan to visit the park during peak season, between November and March.
A number of birds can be found in the park such as Plum-headed parakeet, Orange-headed thrush, Brown-headed barbet, Indian Grey Hornbill, and Black-winged stilt. Winters are especially rewarding as a number of migrant birds flock to Bandhavgarh.
How to Get there?
The nearest airport is in Khajuraho (about 170kms). Daily flights are available from Delhi. You can also reach the park by train. The nearest railway station is in Umaria, about 35kms from the park gate.