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Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most popular national parks located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. It boasts of having highest density of wild tigers in the entire world- not many people return disappointed from a trip to the park. The park derives its name from the most prominent hillock in the area, which is said to have been given by Lord Rama to his brother Laxman to keep a watch on Lanka; hence the name Bandhavgarh (Sanskrit: Brother’s fort).
Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a private game reserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968 with an area of 105 km². With over 35 kinds of mammals, 250 species of birds, 111 species of butterflies, 16 kinds of snakes, 500 kinds of plants and many more trees and shrubs it undoubtedly has a very rich flora and fauna.
Bandhavgarh is very rich in floral diversity due to a combination of landforms and soil types, and the moist character of the region. Forest type of Bandhavgarh can be identified as Moist Peninsular Sal Forest and Southern tropical Moist Mixed Deciduous Forest and Southern Tropical Dry Mixed Deciduous Forest.
Bandhavgarh has been home to some of the most legendary tigers of wild India like B2, charger, Bokha, Sita, Kankati & Bamera. Park today is booming with sub adults who now carry the bloodlines of these legendary tigers.
Safari at Bandhavgarh is conducted across 3 zones- Tala, Maghdi & Khitouli. While Tala is considered premium zone & has differential pricing, other two zones are evenly priced. If doing multiple safaris in a visit, it is recommended to split safaris across all three zones.
Apart from normal safaris one can also book full days safaris at Bandhavgarh. Permits for these safaris are issued to photographers and film makers & maximum 3 person are allowed in one jeep. More info on full day safari
Area: 446 sq km
Location- Umaria District, Madhya Pradesh
Nearest Town: Umaria, 34 Km
Nearest railway station: Umaria, Katni & Jabalpur
Nearest Airport: Jabalpur
Park opens: 15th October to 30th June.
Weekly Off: Wednesday evening.