Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park - A Tiger Reserve
National Park with the highest density of Bengal tiger population
Bandhavgarh National Park is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It covers a core area of 105 sq. km. and is spread over a buffer area of 437 sq. km.
Bandhavgarh National Park has derived its name from the highest hill, called as Bandhavgarh (807m), in its center. The Park falls between the two hill ranges called as Vidyan hill range and Satpura hill range. Bandhavgarh was declared as a National Park in the year 1968 and became a Tiger Reserve in the year 1993.
Bandhavgarh National Park is believed to have the highest density of the population of tigers in India. Besides tigers, it is also a home to many other varieties of mammals including leopard, elephants, sloth bear, sambar, nilgai, chinkara, four-horned antilope, deers, black buck, wolf, chital, and rhesus monkey. Apart from mammals, about 242 species of birds and a variety of reptiles could be found in Bandhavgarh National Park.
Best Time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park remains open for the visitors from October to June. However, the best time to visit is from October to February. The Park remains closed from July to September because of monsoons.
Safari Timings during Summers - 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Safari timings during Winters - 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
How to reach Bandhavgarh National Park
The nearest airports are at Jabalpur and Khajuraho, which are respectively 190 kms and 250 kms away from Bandhavgarh National Park. The nearest railway station is Umaria which is 37 kms away from Bandhavgarh National Park.
To see other famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, check out: Famous National Parks in India.