There is a reason the tiger has been voted the world’s favourite animal. Seeing one in the wild has been documented to elicit strong reactions from its onlookers. And if you want to get a taste of it, Bandhavgarh, in the heart of Wild India, is not merely one of the tiger’s best havens, but its very byword. It is the tiger capital of the world.
- Best time to visit:
October to April
- Recommended min. duration:
3 nights/4 days
Wildlife (Royal Bengal Tiger)
Fort and Temples
Bandhavgarh is an intoxicating, timeless mix of history and natural history. Set around a haunting 2000-year-old fort believed to have been gifted by lord Ram to his brother Lakshman (leading to the name ‘Bandhavgarh,’ meaning ‘brother’s fort’), the park is as much an archaeological goldmine as an ecological gem home to a vast array of wildlife including the royal Bengal tiger.
Halfway up the fort, an astounding monolithic sculpture of a recumbent lord Vishnu oversees the wild affairs unfolding on the lower slopes where the star protagonists play out their everyday roles.
An undercurrent of magic envelopes you as you snake your way through the hallowed alleys of the tourism zones, where the great tigers – Charger, Sita, Mohini and B2 – once roamed and whose able descendants now grace the mythical landscape like beautiful relics left behind by a fantastical kingdom. But the Bandhavgarh bedazzlement doesn’t stop here.
Jackals and jungle cats cross paths with pleasing frequency, fish eagles and pythons show up unexpectedly and the now rarefied species of vultures, which thrive here, constitute a heartening sight overhead. Down below, the plaintive, almost blood-curdling, cry of the rutting chital, the stately sambhar, the diminutive muntjac and many other mammals will enthrall you in no less measure.
From displaying peacocks to surveying white-eyed buzzards, there is plenty of avian life to keep you riveted. Other chief winged attractions include the brown fish owl, blue-bearded bee-eater, lesser adjutant stork, white-rumped shama, orange-headed rock thrush and stork-billed kingfisher. Bandhavgarh is indeed a smorgasbord of the choicest riches.
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For whom is this destination suitable?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife and all the myriad marvels of the forests, and is over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) can go on a personal vacation to this destination.
What is the nature of accommodation available in Bandhavgarh?
From highly economical lodges to five-star resorts, Bandhavgarh offers a rich variety of accommodation options, and we can find just the right one for you based on your preferences.
Can I take my children to Bandhavgarh?
You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
How do I reach Bandhavgarh?
You may take a flight to Jabalpur (from where Bandhavgarh is around three-and-a-half hours by road) or a train to Katni (around 2 hours to Bandhavgarh by road). Talk to us for further advice.
Will you book my flight tickets if needed?
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too.
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Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
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