Bandhavgarh National Park boasts 450 square kilometres of pristine wildlife habitat in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. It is situated within the territory of the Vindhyan Mountain Ranges and is home to one of the highest tiger population densities in all of the subcontinent. Among its spectrum of exciting wildlife, there are now approximately four dozen tigers that have made their home in Bandhavgarh.

Bandhavgarh National Park was once the personal hunting grounds of Rewa’s royal family because of its wealth of exciting animals. In addition, this was one of the few places in which the mysterious white tiger was occasionally spotted. At the turn of the 20th century, only a few of these magnificent animals were still in existence and they were one of the rarest species of the time. However, in 1968, this territory was declared a national park and its fauna and flora protected as national treasures. Today, it acts as a sanctuary for a plethora of fascinating animal species. Some of its residents include tigers, elephants, Nilgai, Chital, Chausingha, foxes, jackals, wild boars and more.
Image of a lone Bengal tigress sets out for a hunt just after sunrise in Bandhavgarh National Park, India
A lone Bengal tigress sets out for a hunt just after sunrise in
Bandhavgarh National Park, India

One of the features of Bandhavgarh National Park is the elephant back rides that transport guests through parts of the territory as they explore this land atop an Indian Elephant. These intuitive giants will expose to their passengers some of their natural behaviours, as well as the wonder of their homes in the park as guests keep their eyes open for tigers. Should visitors prefer a more regular approach to travelling through Bandhavgarh, four-wheel drives are available.

The best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park is between February and June. The park is closed between 1 July and 31 October (as this is the very wet monsoon season). Summer temperatures can soar to over 40 degrees Celsius and winter lows plummet to just above zero degrees. For this reason, visitors need to be prepared, particularly as they will want to explore the area during the early morning and evening so that they are able to see the greatest array of animals as they come out of their hiding places to find food and water. Warm and cool clothing is essential, regardless of when the park is being visited.

Bandhavgarh National Park is characterised by beautiful dense forests surrounded by imposing cliff and mountains. There are also flat plains of grasslands, bamboo and wetlands. All of these different biological areas offer onlookers a unique range of plants and animals that thrive under these particular conditions. The wetlands are particularly popular amongst birds such as the Kingfisher and Egret, which make stunning spectacles for avian enthusiasts.

Indeed, Bandhavgarh National Park is only one of the hundreds of spectacular areas that showcase the beauty of India. Within its borders, visitors are offered a taste and glimpse of the natural abundance that grants this land a mystical beauty and generous biodiversity.

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