Tiger in the middle of the road in Bandhavgarh National Park

Safari tours to Bandhavgarh National Park

About Bandhavgarh National Park

Stretched across the undulating hills of Madhya Pradesh, the Bandhavgarh National Park is one of India's most exciting wildlife reserves. Named after an ancient fort that sits within the area and formerly the hunting grounds for the Maharaja of Rewa, this park draws in travellers from around the world thanks to its abundance of Royal Bengal tigers. It is estimated to have the highest concentration of these majestic cats in all of India and is considered one of the top destinations for tiger safaris. Given the relatively small size of the park, sightings are more likely than in some of India's other, larger reserves.

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Although the main attraction of the Bandhavgarh National Park is its collection of tigers, there are dozens of other animals that can be spotted during an excursion along its trails. Langurs, deer and wild boars are all commonly seen as are foxes and jackals. Much less frequently witnessed are the 40 or so leopards that slink through the trees. The white tiger is also believed to live within the park's leafy confines but is very, very rarely seen.

Most visitors to this park choose to explore it on a jeep safari as this allows for the most mobility and makes spotting the animals easier. Guests to Bandhavgarh also have the opportunity to drive to the Bandhavgarh Fort, which is situated on top of a hill, 811m above the ground. Built in the 10th century, this beautiful relic is steeped in legend and mystery and is well worth the time it takes to get to it. Prior permission to visit this historical site is required.

Bandhavgarh National Park Tours

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Bandhavgarh National Park Hotels

If you are planning a Bandhavgarh National Park holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Mahua Kothi Bandhavgarh National Park

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Lodge

Each of the 12 charming kutiyas (jungle huts) has a private courtyard and is set in 40 acres of forested grounds, which guests are free to explore by bicycle. Constructed with mud walls and wooden shutters, the traditional rooms are comfortable, colourful and air-conditioned. The main guest area consists of a large veranda, swimming pool and open kitchen. The accommodation is located just 10 minutes away from the entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park, which is famed for its vast collection of Royal Bengal tigers.

Samode Safari Lodge Bandhavgarh National Park

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Lodge

Samode Safari is a comfortable lodge with unique and beautifully decorated rooms that offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. The timber-clad main sitting room and dining room are raised high on stilts and linked by wooden walkways giving the accommodation a treehouse-like feel. The main lodge looks out over the large swimming pool and the surrounding grasslands and woodland. The lodge is in a secluded location by the new, virtually unused, entrance to the park.

Tiger's Trail Bandhavgarh National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Tiger's Trail is situated within an 11 acre jungle setting and overlooks a small, private lake which is host to a variety of birds. The rooms have exposed stone walls and traditional furnishings, giving its guests a more authentic feel to their stay. There are laundry facilities at the accommodation as well as a restaurant and library. The lodge is located at the edge of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, the nearest railway stations are Katni (95 km) and Umaria (32 km).

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