Bandhavgarh National Park

Location: Madhya Pradesh

Main Wildlife Attractions: Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopards, various species of Deer and Panthers

Coverage Area: 448 sq. km

Established: 1968

Best Time to Visit: October till June

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. Also known for the Royal Bengal Tigers, the park is located in the heart of the Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park is famous for tiger spotting and photography among wildlife lovers. Former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Rewa, it is now famed for being the natural habitat of the White Tigers.

How to reach Bandhavgarh National Park

By Air

The nearest airport is in Jabalpur that is around 164 km away from Bandhavgarh. From the airport, you can rent a taxi to the park.

By Rail

The national park is easily connected to Jabalpur by road. Private and State-run buses and taxis are available between Umaria and Katni and from Satna as well as Rewa to Tala. Cabs are also available from Jabalpur, Bilaspur and Khajuraho.

By Road

Some of the railway stations close to Bandhavgarh are Katni (102 km), Jabalpur (164 km), Satna (120 km) and Umaria (35 km).

Note: Bandhavgarh National Park is open for tourists. They can book their permits for Dhamokhar, Johila, and Panpatha online. It is mandatory to follow social distancing, wear a mask, and carry sanitizer inside the national park.

Nestled in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park houses the highest population of the Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. Enjoying legendary and mythological significance, the park was a former hunting grounds of the Maharajas. It is believed that the park derived its name from the ancient fort perched on a hillock.

The fort is said to be bestowed by Lord Rama to his younger brother Lakshmana. The 2000-years old park is adorned with numerous rock paintings and manmade caves. 80 species of butterflies, 250 species of birds and 37 species of mammals and not to miss, the White Tigers reside in their natural habitat in the park.

Wildlife Safari in Bandhavgarh

One can enjoy Wildlife Safari in Bandhavgarh in four zones of the park in three ways. The four zones of the park are Magadhi, Tala, Panpatha and Khitauli.

Jeep / Canter Safari

Canter or jeep safari in Bandhavgarh can be enjoyed within a specified time. These jeep/canter safari tours are bliss for nature, animal and photography lovers. The enthralling rides offer matchless experiences throughout the way. 6 passengers including 1 driver and 1 naturalist are allowed in a jeep at one time while the canter can accommodate 16 tourists at a time.

Elephant Safari

The option of Elephant Safari is also available in Bandhavgarh National Park. Witness the Royal Bengal Tigers and admire the natural beauty while sitting on the back of an elephant. The assistance of the Safari guide at every time ensures safety in all manners.

Timings for Wildlife Safari in Bandhavgarh

Shift Morning Shift Afternoon Shift
15th Oct to 15th Feb 06:30 am – 11:00 am 14:30 pm – 17:30 pm
16th Feb to 31st Mar 06:00 am – 11:00 am 15:00 pm – 18:00 pm
1st Apr to 30th June 05:30 am – 10:00 am 16:00 pm – 19:00 pm


  • The Evening Safari Shift remains on every Wednesday and Holi.
  • Essential documents to carry for Jungle Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Original ID proof like PAN Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License etc.

Fee for Jungle Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park

Tala Zone Magdhi Zone Khitauli Zone
Indian 5,550 INR 4,550 INR 4,550 INR
Foreigners 7,550 INR 6,550 INR 6,550 INR

The price for Canter Safari is INR 1,200 for Indians and INR 2,400 for foreigners.

Note: All the prices are subject to change from time to time without prior notice.

Attractions in and around Bandhavgarh

  • White Tigers – Bandhavgarh National Park is home to a number of White Tigers
  • Jwalamukhi Temple – 10th century temple dedicated to Goddess Kali
  • Badi Gufa - The cave belongs to 10th century and is carved out of solid sandstone rock
  • Bandhavgarh Fort – A fort on a hill and having mythological importance
  • Three Cave Point – Ideal place to find tigers, leopards and sloth bears

Dos and Don’ts

  • Don’t disturb the wildlife
  • Drive slowly
  • Carry necessary documents required during Safari
  • Don’t get down of your vehicle until and unless told to do so
  • Don’t smoke or light fire
  • Make sure a guide accompany you always
  • Keep your cameras ready

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