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BANDHAVGARH (INDIA)

STATE :- Madhya Pradesh

 

DISTANCE

  • 565 KM From Gwalior
  • 102 KM From Katni
  • 120 KM From Satna
  • 978KM From Delhi

 

CONNECTION
  • By Air : Fly from Delhi, Agra or Varanasi to Khajuraho and drive (7-8 hours) to Tala park entrance at Bandhavgarh. Nearest airport from the park is Khajuraho.
  • By Rail : Nearest railway station is Umaria after Katani railway station, from there it is about 40 minutes drive to Nature Heritage. Alternatively, take the overnight train from Delhi to Umaria and drive (30 minutes) to the park. Only jeeps are available for transfers. Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh distance is 250 Kms, (8 hrs drive).
  • By Road : State/ private transport buses ply between Katni & Umaria and from Satna & Rewa to Tala (Bandhavgarh). Taxis are available at Satna, Jabalpur, Katni, Umaria and Khajuraho.
ABOUT BANDHAVGARH

Bandhavgarh National Park consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. Bandhavgarh National Park is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.

Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a major attraction around the world's zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys.

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the finest national park in the India and has the distinction of harboring the highest concentration of tigers per unit area of forest. The Bandhavgarh National Park is spread over on area of 448 sq km with a cross area of 105 sq km. At the center of the park is the bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level and surrounding it are a sloping valleys, These valleys end in small, swampy meadows locally known as 'bohera'.

 

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN BANDHAVGARH

Bandhavgarh has region of important inside the park. Know more about the important areas info inside Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh India.

  • Sidhbaba : This place is named after the holy temple of sidhbaba(god of indian worship). This is the most common point from where you can see the tiger near this temple. There is a large marshy meadow behind this temple where wild fauna can be easliy witnessed. Here you will find almost guranteed sighting of sambhar, chital, painted stroke and sometimes wildboars. The sidhbaba region was the territory of some the main tiger of bandhavgarh such as charger and bokha.
  • Charkadhara : Charkradhara area is a large meadow area inside the park popular for the tiger sighting. During the summers this meadow looks like a open hunting ground for the predators. The charkradhara meadow is surrounded by hilly regions. It is a marshy meadow which is rich in flora and fauna. As the availability of food, water and hiding grass is through out the year, so the wlid animals can be easily sighted in this region.
  • Gopalpur : Gopalpur region is at the north east region of bandhavgarh national park. This region is a marshy area always filled with river water. The aquatic plants and mammals are rich in this area which makes the area suitable for bird watching. So of the birds which can be easily sighted in the gopalpur region is Kingfishers, painted storks, lapwings and stilts.
  • Shesh Shaiya : This 65 ft horizontally laid idol of lord vishnu is the origin of river charanganga. The reclining statute of lord vishnu on the seven hooded serpent is the architechture of the past. the vicinity is rich with fruit bearing trees. On the ocassion of Diwali , the biggest festival of hindus, people use to decorate lamps around the vishnu Idol. Watch out for the malabar pied hornbill near shesh shayia.
  • Bari Gufa : 'Badi Gufa' in english means the biggest cave. This cave is one of the biggest caves in the bandhavgarh national park region which dates back to the tenth century. This caves is being made by carving the solid rock of sandstone. These caves were the shelters of the army of the king during the medivial period. Now the caves are home to wide variety of bats. The badi gufa is a man made cave not a natural one. Visit the bandhavgarh ancient caves page for the names of the caves of bandhavgarh reserves.
  • Ketkiha : This wet region inside the bandhavgarh reserve is full of aromatic plant "Pendanus". That why it is also known as pendanus point. The indian name of pendanus plant is kewra. This region is surrounded by the shadows of lofty Jamun and Arjun trees.
  • Three Cave Pont : The three cave point is visible from the ganesh hillock road. It is a classic example of the prevalent architechural techniques used during the past. The caves now porvied the shelter for the wild animals like tiger, sloth bear and even for the leopards.
  • Sita Mandap : The name of this region resembles the wedding ground of the wife of lord rama. The meaning of Mandap itself wedding ground. It is a single rock which arches over like a bridge. The mandap also looks similar to this rock arch. The Name of the famous tigress sita is being named after this place. sita is the mother of the most of the tigers and tigeress in bandhavgarh reserve area.
  • Ghorademaon : This is a natural deep george which is a result of geographical processes The water flows continously in this region. You can listen the song of the jungle near this waterbody.
  • The Photographer's Point : This point is on the way when we drive back from the Route B. This point is the mountain top which gives a paniramic view of the bandhavgarh widlife sanctuary. The Photography from this point is not allowed for every visitors. Special permission is to be taken from the forest director for the photography purpose.
  • Andheri Jhiria : The Tigers during the summers spend their afternoon in this region as this area is mostly covered with the shadows of the trees. There is a spring water source in this area from where the water comes out through out the year even during the summer. As the region is darkened by shadows, it is commonly difficult to see the tiger in Andheri Jhiria.
  • Raj - bahera : The rajbahera region is a marshy meadow which feeds the chitals, sambhar and wild boars. The river damnar originates from Rajbahera. Different species of birds can be easily sighted from this area. You can also see the bandini hills from this region.
  • Charger's Place : Charger the dominant male in bandhavgarh who ruled the jungle for over a decade. This place was the resing ground of Charger. he died in the year 2000. Charger holds the record to the most photographed male tiger in the world. he died due this natural death.

 

WHEN TO GO BANDHAVGARH

Best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park varies with the aim with which we are intending to visit the forest. If we are interested in migratory bird watching in green surrounding of forest, perennials then from October to January months will be more suitable for us. Temperature will remain below 30 degree Celsius. During this time we can enjoy greenery of forest, plenty of water sources and birds around them. Similarly, tigers can also be seen is areas other than Tala zone like Magdhi Zone (Gate-2) and Khitauli Zone (Gate-3) as water sources in those zones remain alive and grasslands will ease the availability of prey in those areas. We can find even distribution of tigers and other animals during this time. Accommodation problem may arise in the months of November & December as these are festival season in India due to which domestic tourist visits the forest most at this time as a family vacation tour so advance accommodation booking would be the better option to follow.

WEATHER FORECAST

Bandhavgarh National Park experiences the North Indian Monsoon and has well-defined a winter and summer season.

In the summers which lasts from end March until end June, the temperature can go upto 44 C (111 F) in May / June. By mid-June the rains can start with very little prior warning.

Winters set in around mid November and last till the end of February. Visitors are forced to put on multiple layers as protection against the biting cold. Lows of 2 C (35.6 F) have been recorded with frost forming in the open marshy hollows. As the vehicles in which one moves in the park are open, it is advisable to wear very warm clothes because of the wind chill factor.

 

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN BANDHAVGARH

Bandhavgarh festivals and fairs of Madhya Pradesh are one of the distinct attractions. All the festivals are celebrated with fun and zeal. The advises of Madhya Pradesh exhibit a zest for life and that is obvious from the tribal festivals and fairs celebrated every year.

Bandhavgarh festivals, India observes endless tribal festivals and fair clad in colorful loads of jewellery, fancy headgear and flowers. Men and women set out early from their homes to reach the place of fair or festival. The Dusshera festival of Jagdalpur is a great celebration and is held in the October - November months.

A Bandhavgarh festival, India called Madai is a unique attraction of Bastar. This is the festival celebrated in different villages. This festival is celebrated from Mandla to Bastar. This festival is dear to the Gonds coming from far and near places to meet their kin and kith.

Bhagoradev is the god of dance and is worshipped on this occasion. The village elders preside over the ceremony and offer sweets to the god. Bandhavgarh festival is considered to be special for Bhils as it meant love, romance and also marriage. Young men apply gulal and the girl reciprocates if she too has soft feelings for him.

Bandhavgarh festival, India has many religious festivals and karma is one such festival with huge celebrations. The day of worship is observed with devotees fasting from morning. They go on a 24 hours fasting and spent the night dancing and singing.

A fair of Nagaji is a part of the Bandhavgarh festival. This fair is a way of paying tribute to Saint Nagaji who lived during the period of Emperor Akbar. Tribals flock in winter to Porsa village and enjoy for a month. Earlier in this fair monkeys were sold and now domestic animals lead the charts.

FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN BANDHAVGARH
  • The Royal Tiger Machan Restaurant
  • Chakradhara Restaurant
  • Sita Madhi Restaurant (Local food)
  • Tiger Trail Resort (Chinese).

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