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Bandhavgarh National Park : Bandhavgarh Safari

Bandhavgarh Jungle Safari

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Popular for having highest density of tigers, Bandhavgarh Safari offers lifetime experience to watch wildlife from close. Being located at Vindhya mountains, Bandhavgarh is surrounded by 32 hills covered by sprawling lush green nature and nestled with wild animals, rare birds & butterflies.

An area of about 207 sq. km. has been declared as tourism zone within the Park. This area has further been divided in three tourism zones. Each area has its own flora & faunal diversifications.Below given table provides names of Safari zones in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve where one can do wildlife safari with description of maximum limit of safari jeeps allowed for safari at one safari-time. This limit may vary as under special circumstances, park management may increase or decrease this given limit.

Safari Zones
Safari Vehicle Limit
(Morning - Evening)
Tala (Gate-1)
20 - 20
Magdhi (Gate-2)
20 - 20
Khitauli (Gate-3)
16 - 15
Bandhavgarh Fort
05

Tala zone is more popular for tiger sighting and usually remain in demand throughout the season. With increase in safari charges and reduction in tickets for Tala Safari Zone, people are visiting more Magadhi zone. Since year 2011, due to park management efforts, Magadhi safari zone is more visited by tourist which make this part better explored and as a result, tiger sighting results from this zone becomes better, day by day. Now Magadhi zone tiger sighting results posing strong competition to Tala zone. From October to February tiger sighting is better in Magadhi zone. Sambar & spotted deer is more frequently seen in this zone. Khitauli zone is good for birding, sloth bear and blue-bull sighting. One can do two jungle safaris in a day i.e. Morning & Evening. Among 3 safari zones of Bandhavgarh, Tala zone is divided into routes and two routes are allotted in one safari time. One route for going from entrance gate to center point and second route for returning from center point to exit gate. Other two zones: Magdhi & Khitauli are free from route system compulsions. Some Places of Tourist Interest inside the Safari zone do of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve are as follows:

How to book Bandhavgarh Park Safari ?
Two jungle safaris are possible in Bandhavgarh forest. First one is 'Morning Safari' & second one is 'Evening Safari'. Since safari season 2009-10, Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh State has allowed online safari booking through making specified payment amount, online. Such booking will block one or more safari jeep ticket for requested Safari zone on requested date against maximum allowed vehicle limit for particular safari zone. Here you will make Government Fee for safari vehicle. At the time of booking safari ticket, some visitor details will be required like:

  • Required Safari Zone
  • Safari Date & Time (morning/evening)
  • Name
  • Fathers/Husband Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Address
  • Details of Identity Proof (to be produced in original at the time of entrance for safari)

This payment will not include Guide Fee & Vehicle Rent as it could be paid later. Guide fee is charged at the time of entrance to fee counter and vehicle rent to the vehicle owner or safari-organizer. To avoid making payment at 3 different points, one can use the safari booking services of Booking Agents or may book the safari through Resort or Lodge. To ensure safari ticket on particular date for required safari zone, we recommend advance booking as due to online system one may face problem in doing safari in required safari zone during peak season or because of black-marketing of safari tickets.

Break-up of Park Safari Charge (Entrance Ticket+Guide Fee+Safari Vehicle Rent)
Bandhavgarh Safari Zones
Indian National
(in INR.)
Foreign National
(in INR.)
Tala Zone
5000
7400
Magadhi Zone
3800
5000
Khitauli Zone
3800
5000
Fort Safari
--
--
Note: Above costing subject to change with the change in Forest Department fee policy or Safari Vehicle Association's vehicle rent revision, please re-confirm before taking final decision.

Before Park Safari
Before proceeding for park safari, it is advisable to carry following item with you:

  1. Sun-glasses
  2. Sun-hat
  3. Good-quality camera is essential to capture best images of wildlife in Bandhavgarh.
  4. Wear clothes of color matching with surrounding, avoid wearing shiny clothes.
  5. Keep binocular/s with you. During park-safari, most of the time you will find you have to keep distance from animal, during such time binocular will prove to be the best thing to watch them.
  6. Keep sufficient memory-cards & camera batteries with you as forest offers enormous images to capture and often visitors feel shortage of memory/ battery.
Park Safari Timings
Morning Safari
Evening Safari Time
Fort Safari
15 Oct - 15 Feb
06:30 - 11:00
14:30 - 17:30
Sunrise - to - Sunset
16 Feb - 31 Mar
06:00 - 11:00
15:00 - 18:00
Sunrise - to - Sunset
01 Apr - 30 June
05:30 - 10:00
16:00 - 19:00
Sunrise - to - Sunset

Entering for Park Safari
Park safari in Bandhavgarh is the most important event of wildlife safari tour. Just like Game Drive / Park Safari in any other National Park in Madhya Pradesh, two park safaris are offered to wildlife lovers. First park safari of the day is held in early morning at 06:00 hrs of around 04:30 hrs duration and similarly second park safari begins from 14:30hrs of duration about 03:00 hrs. Game drives are conducted on 4-wheel driven vehicles which are not more than 5 years old. In each vehicle 6 passengers were allowed to travel along with one naturalist guide and one driver. Most of the safari jeeps are privately owned by local villagers and resort authorities. All such safari jeeps were allotted a particular serial number after their registration into national park management authority. Before entering into the tiger reserve, some formalities are to be done at entrance gate counter which includes filling up of form in which vehicle details, naturalist details, visitors details (like identity proof details), driver details are provided along with submission of government entrance fee. Generally it takes 15-20 minutes, so it is advisable to consider this time also in planning for game drive.

During Park Safari
Once you enter into the Tiger Reserve, follow all the instructions of your naturalist. It is always advisable to keep, all your senses, alert during park safari as in jungle is full of surprises. In forest every tree, insect, animal, bird is special. Always keep your camera on and put your finger over image capturing button as there is no scope for re-take in forest. During park safari, nobody is allowed to dismount safari jeep in any case. In the mid of safari, all the safari jeeps are required to report central-point inside the tiger reserve. At this point, one can have chance for refreshment. It is rest of 15-20 minutes and later proceed for further game drive in Bandhavgarh forest. During park safari you may also notice some man-made cares, rock-shelters etc for photography. Wildlife is driven by their own and don’t try to influence them for sake of wildlife photography. Usage of mobile phones is banned inside safari area.

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Tiger Sightseeing
Bandhavgarh is known for high tiger density. Tiger lovers from all corners of world visits Bandhavgarh park to satisfy their curiosity to see tigers in their natural habitat. Tiger Safari zone in park are: Tala, Magdhi, Khitauli & Panpatha. Among all ranges of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Tala zone Bandhavgarh is most popular safari zone, spread over of 105 sq. km. having highest tiger density of about one tiger in 5 sq. km. Tiger sighting can be done on safari jeep or on elephant back through Tiger tracking is done by elephants. Tiger sighting on jeep menas successfully locating the tiger location and viewing it forest from safe distance. Secondly tiger sighting is done through participating special tiger sighting program called 'Tiger Show'. It is organized when tiger is somewhere away from main safari track and it is not possible to see it from safari vehicle.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Show Facts:
  • It is a program organized by park management.
  • Tiger show is organized after successful tiger tracking.
  • It is organized during Morning Safari only.
  • In order to participate in Tiger Show, visitors have to pay a fixed fee to the official.
  • Elephant/s is used to show tiger to visitor.
  • Here visitors are taken close to the tiger/tigress to do tiger photography & sighting.
  • Tiger Show cannot be booked in advance and have no fixed time as it totally depends on successful tracking.
  • Organizing, duration, cancellation of Tiger is decided by park authorities.
  • Participation is show is optional.

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