Bandhavgarh National Park is the best park to spot a Tiger in the wild in India. Located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, the park was a Shikargah or game preserve for the Maharajas of Rewa and their guests. The park was declared a National Park in 1968 and a Tiger Reserve in 1972 under the Project Tiger and Wildlife Protection Act. It covers an area of 450 Square Kilometers and is known for its spectacular collection of flora and fauna. The vegetation of Bandhavgarh National Park includes tall grasslands and thick Sal forest.
Whether it is photography, a respite in the company of nature or an adventurous holiday that you are seeking, Bandhavgarh National Park ticks all the boxes to leave you mesmerized on your next escape into the wilderness.
Bandhavgarh National Park has three major zones named – Tala, Bamera and Magdi. Among these, the Tala zone attracts more tourists as it offers opportunities of sighting the tiger. The park authorities are now working to develop Magdi Zone by creating more opportunities for the tourists to spot tigers. To increase the opportunity of spotting the royal predators in Magdi zone, elephant shows are also organized.
Though white tigers majorly inhabit the park, it also provides shelter to several other Indian wild species like Cheetals, Langurs, Bison and Sambars. The beautiful woods of Bandhavgarh attract numerous tourists from all over the world. The park remains at its best during the spring season. The ideal time to explore wildlife in the park is from January to March.
Bandhavgarh has no direct air connectivity. The nearest airport to Bandhavgarh is at Jabalpur, one of the popular cities of India in Madhya Pradesh. Through airways, one can reach Bandhavgarh quickly from New Delhi. On arriving at Jabalpur, one has to hire a taxi to Umaria.
Other than Tigers and Leopards the mixed vegetation of Sal and Savannahs makes Bandhavgarh an abode of Spotted Deer, Sambhar Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Indian Gaur and Jackal among its 22 species of mammals and around 220 species of birds.
Flora of Bandhavgarh National Park
The panoramic view of Bandhavgarh National Park’s landscape includes cliffs, 32 hills, plateaus, and meadows. The lower slopes of the region have forests of Sal forest and Bamboo. The higher hills of the park include high grasslands which are considered as the main vegetation of Bandhavgarh jungle.
Fauna of Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is mostly visited by tourists from worldwide for the white royal predators. It also has a huge list of other animals and birds that can be spotted in the park which includes Bengal Tigers, Nilgai, Sambar, Barking Deer, Chinkara, Chausingha, Gaur, Wild Boar, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Ratel, the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Grey Mongoose, Jungle Cat, Spotted Deer, Palm Squirrel, Dhole, Small Indian Civet, Little Grebe and Bandicoot Rat.
The species of birds found abundantly are Egret, Sarus Crane, Adjutant, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Kite, Black Vulture, Common Peafowl, Egyptian Vulture, Dove, Red Jungle Fowl, Indian Roller, and Parakeet. Grey Hornbill, White Breasted Kingfisher, and Common Teals are some other species of birds spotted in the park. Reptiles like Turtle, Krait, Cobra, Viper, Rat Snake, Python and varied species of lizard including Varanus are also found in the park.
Best Time to Visit Bandhavgarh
To enjoy the fullest in Bandhavgarh National Park, plan your wildlife holiday tour keeping in mind the weather of that region. Bandhavgarh National Park enjoys the North Indian Monsoonal climate. The major seasons of Bandhavgarh are winters, summers, and rains. The mercury drops to 2°C during winters and rises to 45°C in summers. During monsoons, it receives an average rainfall of 1133 mm. The southern cyclones are the reason for some rains in this region. It occurs between November and February.
The weather remains pleasant and favorable from November to March and is considered the best time to visit the park if you don’t want to travel during summer. But if you’re going to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers stalking inside the park, you should visit there during the hottest month of April, May, and June.