Bandhavgarh National Park is among the special places to spot Bengal Tiger and it serves as a vital national park in Madhya Pradesh. The park is loaded with varied topography and wildlife to offer the ideal habitat to several animals. The best part is that “Bandhavgarh is not all about wildlife safari and sighting”, once you get there you will want to explore more every time you visit. Here are some of the best things you can explore in Bandhavgarh National Park.
Open jeep safari is the best option to get a close insight into its wildlife habitat. You can enjoy the pleasing wildlife watching experience with the elements of fun and adventure. Jeep safaris are available for four hours in two shifts. One shift is available in the morning and next at around 3 PM. Be sure to do advance booking if you are visiting the park.
The core area in Bandhavgarh is split into three zones –
Tala zone is the most popular and oldest wildlife safari zone. Due to peer pressure to one safari zone and huge rise of tourist traffic, park management decided to open Magadhi and Khitauli zones. They were not explored well during the initial 2 years. They later started gaining popularity among wildlife enthusiasts.
Buffer zones are the best choice for bird watching and are ideal for tourists who couldn’t get permits for core areas and visited when park is closed, i.e. Wednesday evening. Dhamokhar, Johila, and Panpatha are three buffer zones in Bandhavgarh. They are full of dense greens and you can explore scenic landscapes, waterfalls and natural spots.
Chakradhara is a very famous spot for tiger sighting as it is covered by the lush hilly areas. There are diverse flora and fauna species to explore. You can find huge population of tigers here. Some of the wild cats here are Bamera, Bheema, Kankati, Chandini, Dotty Krishna, Rajbhara, Marchaini, and Sukhipatia. You can also head to Bandhavgarh Fort from here.
From Tala Zone, you can take a 1-hour trek to Bandhavgarh Fort, which you just can’t miss if you are heading to Bandhavgarh. You should have a guide as the trail also leads to the national park. The fort is located around 807m above the sea level at the heart of the park. Bandhavgarh Fort is dated back to over 2000 years and is one of the oldest forts in the country. It has caves adorned with intricate paintings.
Tala Village is among the major entrances to the nature reserve. It has mud houses that represent the rustic living of the residents. It is filled with resorts where you can find plenty of souvenir shops.
Located on the bank of Charan Ganga River, the Jwalamukhi Temple is located only 10 km from the national park. Goddess Jwalamukhi is believed to fulfill all of the wishes of devotees who visit here with full faith.
You can find a lot of shopping opportunities in Bandhavgarh as it has a lot of shops to buy some souvenirs like wildlife books, handicrafts, and t-shirts. You can also get photographs of wildlife inside the park. Shops are located behind the museum.
You can find some great arrangements and facilities in these resorts if you are looking for great accommodation. In addition, they offer wonderful experience with security and comfort and quality food. Some of the best deluxe resorts are Tiger Trails, Nature Heritage, Maharaja Royal Retreat, Tiger Den, Bandhavgarh Meadows, Jungle Mantra, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge, Tiger Lagoon and others.
They fall under basic category which fulfills the accommodation needs of guests. One of them is Mogli Jungle Resort, which is based on the forest theme.
If you are on a shoestring budget, you may prefer staying at Greenwoods, Salvan, Bagh Sarai, Tiger Inn, Jungle Inn, and Tiger Heaven for some decent food and amenities.
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places when it comes to exploring the rich biodiversity of nature. These are some of the best places to visit to improve the overall experience.