Bandhavgarh

Madhya Pradesh

Altitude

440m to 811m 

Vegetation

Tropical moist deciduous, dry deciduous and scrub

Total Area

1,536 km²

Rainfall

1175 mm

Bandhavgarh National Park

Basic Facts

Operational

October - July

Best time to go

March - May

Airport

Jabalpur

Railway

Katni Murwara

Climate

2 - 44 °C

Bandhavgarh National Park

About the Park

Hunting grounds for the Maharajas of Rewa in the past, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is set in a glistening 168 sq. miles (437 sq. km). Its fame is owed to one of the most enchanting Tigresses, Sita, and the most aggressive Tiger, Charger. Every wild Tiger has a short life span for which it remains dominant in the park; though Charger, was something different. He lived an unusually long life and ousted every male Tiger who tried to take over the reins in Bandhavgarh. However, it was only a matter of time when his age gave in.

Two other Tigers B1 and B2, cousins to each other, tried to ambush his territory as he grew older and the latter succeeded. B1 died an uncertain death while B2 ruled as King for the next few years. He became the poster boy for Indian wildlife and put Bandhavgarh on a pedestal for wildlife tourism in India. BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, and even Icon Films could not resist but share the stories of these true legends. Their anecdotes continue to resonate with the park’s silence.

Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandhavgarh National Park on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon king Ravana of Lanka. Two monkey architects, who had engineered a bridge between the isles of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandhavgarh’s fort as well.

Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from 1st century A.D. and Vakatakas from 3rd century A.D., Ever since then Bandhavgarh has been ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings of Bundelkhand who built the famous temples at Khajuraho. At independence, Bandhavgarh remained the private property of the Maharaja until he gave it to the state for the formation of the National Park in 1968. 

Bandhavgarh National Park

Top species

The national animal of the country, The Royal Bengal Tiger is endemic to India. The Big cat is found in the prime national parks of Corbett, bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Panna, Ranthambore, Tadoba and more.

With a body covered in rosettes, the Indian Leopard is abundantly found in most of the prime national parks in the country. Among them is Pench, where a sighting of this species on a ghost tree is considered to be golden!

The giants are found spread across the Indian subcontinent. Some of the most popular destinations where they are found are Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Periyar, Kabini, Sanjay Dubri, Kaziranga and Manas National Park.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Luxury Safaris in Bandhavgarh

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This luxury tiger safari in Central India takes you through 4 of the most prime national parks for tiger and wildlife viewing, namely – Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna…

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This luxury tiger safari tour of Bandhavgarh takes you through one of the prime national parks for tiger and wildlife sightings in India, namely – Bandhavgarh National Park…

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Samode Safari Lodge

The main lounge is the heart of the lodge. Built on the first floor of the main building, it is tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished. With a wooden floor, two large wood burning fireplaces and great views, the lounge opens onto a large wooden open air deck which overlooks the property. Read in a cosy corner, sunbathe on the deck or just nurse your drink while staring at the fire; the lounge will help you relax after the safari.

Below the main lounge, on the ground floor of the main lodge building, lies the pool room which also houses a well stocked library.

Samode Safari Lodge offers a choice of activities. Take a dip in the open air swimming pool, work out in the well equipped gymnasium, jog along the trails near the lodge, go for nature walks, cycle, visit mardari village.

A fully equipped spa allows you to combine your wildlife experience with the therapeutic benefits of a modern spa.

Samode Safari Lodge has a necklace of private villas strung around the main lodge building. Each villa has an elegant living area with a spacious lounge, a bedroom with a modern en-suite bath, a dressing area, a unique open-air bath court and a private verandah with a view.

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