About - Bandhavgarh National Park

Known as a haven for tiger lovers, Bandhavgarh boasts of a healthy population of the striped cat, among other biodiversity found in the reserve. Apart from tigers, the reserve is home to 34 species of mammals, 260 species of birds, 70 species of butterflies, approximately 40 species of reptile and a wide range of tree species like Mahua, Sal, Jamun, Tendu, Palash etc.  While visiting this beautiful reserve, you can also indulge in observing and photographing the vastly diverse landscape, ranging from grasslands to hills to forest streams. 

Interestingly, the forest scape is very different in the three zones Bandhavgarh boasts of, which are: Tala, Magdhi and Khitauli respectively. While some argue that Tala is the most beautiful zone of the reserve, all three zones or reserve gates offer a different perspective and safari experience. While on a safari, do not miss the historical sites such as ‘sheshshaiya’ or the sleeping Vishnu statue, and ‘Badi gufa’ or the big caves.

Best Time To Visit Bandhavgarh National Park

The best time to visit any tiger reserve is October – June. However, wildlife enthusiasts consider planning a trip during the summer months, as the wildlife can be seen frequenting water bodies, especially during the months of March- May. Wildlife relaxing by, or drinking water can offer a great chance at clear photographs, or ample time to observe them in a more leisurely fashion, thereby helping understand animal behaviour and ecology as well. However, if you want to enjoy the forests and are not particularly focused on wildlife sightings alone, winter months of October – February are a great time to enjoy the landscape and bird life.


All tiger reserves have a core and buffer zone. While the core zone is reserved for the flora and fauna of the reserve to thrive devoid of human interference or habitation, the buffer consists of villages, human habitation and activities of agriculture etc.

  • Total Area of the Park : 1536 sq. kms.
  • Core Area : 716 sq. kms.
  • Buffer Area : 820 sq. kms.
  • Average Rainfall : 1175 mm
  • Weather : Temperatures can range from: 2 degrees in winter to 45 degrees in summer
  • Forest type: Moist Deciduous Forests

How To Reach Bandhavgarh


Bandhavgarh is connected with all major rail heads and nearest stations are-Umaria 37 kms. ,Katni 100 kms. ,Jabalpur 180 Kms.
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Bandhavgarh is well connected to jabalpur airport which is just 200 Kms. from the park.
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Bandhavgarh is connected to all major cites in MadhyaPradesh that are further connected with train or flight. Umaria 37 Kms. Katni 100 Kms. & jabalpur 180 Kms.


Clothing: Packing for a forest tour is usually easier than packing for a city do. Carry light cotton pants and t-shirts / shirts for summers, and pad up in multiple jackets/ sweaters gloves, socks and ear muffs during winters. Avoid flashy colours, perfumes, scented moisturisers or anything that stands out against the serene landscape and try to blend in as much as possible for a fantastic experience.

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