There are three core zones in Bandhavgarh National Park – Tala, Khitauli and Magadhi. Each zone has its own diversity of flora and fauna and its natural beauty when it comes to terrains and landscapes.
Out of those three zones, Tala was announced as the premium zone with higher entry fee to control and reduce tourist crowd on the vulnerable eco-system of the region and distribute the footfalls to other zones. However, there is no guarantee that premium zone offers better wildlife sightings every time.
These safari zones are split into two routes allotted in one safari. One route is from entry gate to center and another route is from center to exit gate. So, visitors can easily cover the maximum area and cover the zone in total. All of these zones have different routes and points which have been popular over the years.
Bandhavgarh is one of the best national parks to spot a tiger as it has great population of tigers. But keep in mind that tigers are elusive and shy creatures and spotting them is a matter of luck. It doesn’t mean you should focus only on tigers or you will miss out a lot of interesting creatures around you.
For a great wildlife experience, it is always recommended to take safaris in all the zones. Due to advance bookings and peak season, the forest department has issued new guidelines for offering limited number of safaris. According to recent guidelines, safaris are not available on Wednesdays.
Morning Safari – 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening Safari – 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Morning Safari – 6 AM to 11 AM
Evening Safari – 3 PM to 6 PM
Morning – 5:30 AM to 10 AM
Evening – 4 PM to 7 PM
Tala (Gate 1) – 20 vehicles for morning safari and 20 for evening safari
Magadhi (Gate 2) – 20 vehicles for morning and 20 for evening safari
Khitauli (Gate 3) – 16 vehicles for morning and 15 for evening safari
Fort Safari – Only 5 vehicles