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The Tiger Land - Bandhavgarh National Park - Madhya Pradesh

The Tiger Land - Bandhavgarh National Park - Madhya Pradesh

About  Bandhavgarh National Park :

Bandhavgarh National Park, one of India's most popular national parks, is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh's Vindhya Hills. Bandhavgarh National Park, declared a national park in 1968, covers an area of 105 km. The name Bandhavgarh comes from the most prominent hill in the Umaria area. The area of Bandhavgarh is thriving with biodiversity, and it is also known for having the highest density of tigers in India. Similarly, the park is home to the largest breeding population of leopards and a variety of deer species. The park has seen a significant increase in the number of tiger species over the years, which is why tiger tours are so popular in the area, attracting a large number of tourists.

History : 

Bandhavgarh has flourished as a result of numerous significant historical legends, the majority of which were learned from Ramayana legends. Interestingly, Bandhavgarh is a legendary location with much historical significance. This location is associated with the Ramayana, according to the ancient books of the Narad Panch Ratra and the Shiv Purana. Bandhavgarh is made up of two words: Bandhav and Garh, where Bandhav means brother and Garh means fort. As a result, the meaning of Bandhavgarh is "brother's fort." Because of the presence of an ancient fort in the hillock of Umaria's Vindhya ranges, the reserve was given the name Bandhavgarh. Lord Rama is said to have given this magnificent fort to his younger brother Lakshmana. The Bandhavgarh fort is filled with convincing evidence of human activity and architectural techniques, and the legend goes that the ruined fort was being rebuilt by two monkeys who built a bridge between Lanka and the mainland. You can also explore several man-made caves with inscriptions and rock paintings at the fort.

The Bandhavgarh Fort is a great masterpiece of the "Treta Yuga" (one of the ages of mankind in Hinduism) that archaeological surveys have revealed to be the most ancient masterpiece dating back to the Christ period.

The fort is a must-see for tourists visiting Bandhargarh National Park to find written proof of the Bharihas and Vakatak dynasties who ruled over the land in and around the Bandhavgarh region. This region also reveals history by revealing the major dynasties that ruled the Bandhavgarh regions, such as the Sengars, Kalchuris, and Baghels. The Baghels were thought to have ruled the regions for the longest time.

During their reign, the Baghels decided to relocate their capital to Rewa as they expanded, and the Bandhavgarh region came to the kingdom's southwestern corner, making access difficult. Thus, the location was converted first into a deserted land due to the presence of thick forest, and then into the habitat of wild beasts (the tigers). Concurrently, Bandhavgarh was declared a game reserve, with only royal families permitted to hunt these wild creatures. Due to the increasing terror of tiger attacks, the kings of Rewa killed at least 109 tigers, and in a series of displays of chivalry, Raja Gulab Singh Baghel shot down 83 tigers in a single year to pursue the magical figure of 109 tigers.

Geographical Information 


450 sq. km (Core area: 105 sq. km)


800 m above sea level


Madhya Pradesh


Vindhyan Mountain ranges of central India

Temperature range:

42°C to 2°C

Annual Rainfall:


Best time to visit:

February-June (Closed 1 July-15 October)

Bandhavgarh Wildlife Safari Timings

The timings of Bandhavgarh National Park will vary depending on the season. In the winter, the daylight hours shorten the evening exit time and lengthen the morning entry time. The months of October to June are ideal for a wildlife safari in Bandhavgarh National Park. From October 15th to June 30th, the park is open to wildlife enthusiasts.

Park Safari Timing 15th October to 15th February 16th February to 31st March 1st April to 30th June
Morning Shift 6:30am to 11:00am 6:00am to11:00am 5:30am to 10:00am
Afternoon Shift
2:30pm to 5:30pm 3:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Every Wednesday, the park is closed to visitors in the evening shift. In India, Holi is celebrated with great pomp and show. The remains are closed for both shifts on this day.

Though summer is the best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park due to the high likelihood of Tiger sightings, if you don't want to visit during the summer, November to March is the best time to plan a Bandhavgarh Jungle Safari.

Vehicles Allowed (to enter park in each shift)

Safari Zone

Tala Zone

Magadhi Zone

Khitauli Zone

Panpatha Zone

Morning Shift





Afternoon Shift





Safari Zones in Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh National Park has three main zones where you can enjoy the best of wildlife tourism. Every zone provides delightful wildlife sightings that will enhance your Madhya Pradesh wildlife exploration experience.

Tala Zone: It is one of the most important and well-known wildlife zones in Bandhavgarh National Park. This zone is responsible for the designation of routes A through E. You'll be surprised to learn that under this zone you can see the grandeur of the Royal Bandhavgarh Fort as well as fantastic wildlife sightings. It is one of the best areas to see Tigers. The best places to visit in this zone include Bhitari Hide, Bamania Hill, three cave points, Vulture Nest, Siddha Baba, Chakradhara Hide, Gopalpur Pond, and Sita Mandap, among others.

Magadhi Zone: Magadhi Zone is another popular wildlife zone in Bandhavgarh National Park. It is adorned with lovely forests and grasslands. It is about 8 kilometres from Tala village and shares territory with the Tala zone. This zone's safari routes are E to H. It is also one of the best areas to see Tigers. This Zone's most notable tourist attractions include Sehra Dadra, Sukhi Dam, Baherha, Badbada, Pathiha Camp, Dabhadol Tank, Kerhawah, Dahua Tower, Dinosaur Rock, and Mahaman Pond, among others. It is also one of the best zones for a thrilling Jungle Safari adventure.

Khitauli Zone: Khitauli is one of the best areas in Bandhavgarh National Park for wildlife safaris. It is located in the western part of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. If you enjoy bird watching, this is the zone for you. You will also see Blue Bull, Leopard, Sloth Bear, and other animals. Charkha Dongri, Nigai Nala, Kumbhi Kacchar, Tedka Munara, Marjadgarh Tower, and Garhpuri Dam are some of the most beautiful tourist attractions to visit here.


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