Bandhavgarh Climate & Weather

Introduction

Before planning of tiger safari trip of Bandhavgarh national park, it is important to know the climate and weather information, prevailing in different months. According to this information, we can make better tour plan and enjoy the jungle safari in this tiger reserve. Let's first check the Bandhavgarh Temperature Chart in which we have organized average temperature in each month of a year in Bandhavgarh forest. This data is based on our past experience.

Months
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Minimum (°C)
1
10
22
30
34
35
32
30
28
32
22
18
Maximum(°C)
18
25
35
40
46
45
40
38
36
38
32
25

Bandhavgarh Geography

Bandhavgarh Climate Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve lies on the extreme north- eastern border of the Madhya Pradesh State in Central India. It lies in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. If we look at the geography of Bandhavgarh, we will find that it is spread over Vindhya ranges of Central India in which Panna National Park is also located. Bandhavgarh Latitudes and longitudes are 23°30' to 23°46' North and 80°11' to 80°36'East. The altitude of the park varies between 410 meters or 1,345 ft and 811 meters or 2,657 ft. The geology is soft feldspathic sandstone with quartzite. The soil is generally sandy to sandy-loam. At least twenty streams rise or flow through the park, amongst the streams Umrar flows in the western boundary is the largest.The other important streams are Johilla eastern boundary, Charnganga, Damnar, Janadh, Banbei, Ambanala and Andhyari Jhiria. Among them Charanganga is very important which we find, just before entering through Tala entrance gate. Although it is a narrow stream but despite of peak summer, we will find the flowing water in this evergreen stream thus it is very important stream of tiger reserve. All of the given streams eventually flow into the Sone river, which is an important southern tributary to the Ganges.At the Center of the Park is the Bandhav hill, rising 811 m above sea level – surrounding it are a large number of smaller hills. Their are about 32 other small hills, separated by gently sloping valley. Some of the prominent hills are: Bamniya, Seeta Mandap, Hanuman-Manch, Ganesh Hill etc. These valleys end in small, swampy meadows. The lowest point in the park is at Tala, 440 m above sea level. The terrain is of great rocky hills rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley bottoms. The finest of these hills is Bandhavgarh, sided with great cliffs and eroded sand-stone rocks.

Weather & Climate

Bandhavgarh tiger reserve lies within the tropical monsoon climatic zone, characterized by well-defined winters, summers and monsoon season.

Winters in Bandhavgarh

Here Winter season prevails from November to February months. December & January are the months of peak winter when temperature reached even 1°C in mid-nights and day-time temperature is around 16°C. Here we can observe the considerable difference in day and night temperatures as with sunrise, day temperature increases rapidly. Winters in Bandhavgarh is considered as a good time for undertaking safari tours. Large number of tourists undertakes their trips in this period.

Summers in Bandhavgarh

It is the challenging time for tourists but considered as the good time for tiger sighting. Summers in Bandhavgarh can be experienced from mid of March to June beginning. This is the period when temperature reached 45°C in daytime with severe heat-waves. Undertaking jungle safari in this period is challenging but it is the favorite period for wildlife photographers. It is the best time to visit for tiger photography. During this period, probability of tiger sighting is very high and tracking is also easy for safari guides. Due to dryness, visibility is high and mammals are often seen in & around water-holes, marshy grasslands etc.

Monsoon in Bandhavgarh

Rainy season is the time of great relief from severe heat waves. Monsoon in Bandhavgarh, can be experienced from mid or end of June to September months. Core zones of Bandhavgarh national parks are open till June month. Thus in monsoon period, safari activities remain very low. Park management opens only buffer zones for visitors in monsoon season which is least attended by tourists. In this period, temperature as remains between 22°C or 36 °F as to 37°C. Tourists usually avoids safari tours in this period as rainfall may cause frequent suspension of jeep safari. No refund provided in case of any safari cancellation due to rainfall. So it is a kind of monetary loss and also we can't proceed as per our own plan. We remain dependent upon the weather condition. It is good time for reptiles sighting and nature photography.

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