Bandhavgarh National Park is located in in the Umaria district of MP, India. This park is one the best sights to trail the majestic Bengal tiger in their natural habitat. The core area of the park is spread over 100 km² and is home to more than 50 tigers.
The park has a large breeding population of leopards, wild dog, Nilgai, Wild Boars, Indian Bison and various species of deer.
Bandhavgarh Jungle Safaris
In Bandhavgarh, tourists are allowed into the park twice each day for 3-hour Jeep safaris, once at dawn, and again in late afternoon. There are no premium zones and the National Park has been divided into three main safari zones, namely – Tala Zone, Magadhi Zone and Khitauli Zone. Tala Zone is the oldest and richest zone in terms of biodiversity, mainly tigers.
Open 4WD Gypsies are normally used as safari vehicle. The Jeeps stick to well-worn tracks but the Park covers a large area and you’ll often end up on your own. Maximum 06 members are allowed to sit in a jeep and you cannot visit the Park without a Jeep and a guide.
Elephant are used every morning by the forest department for Tiger – tracking. If Tiger is spot then the elephant will take you directly to the Tiger by a nearby jeep/car. A forest department guide must always accompany you with a naturalist from our side (optional). This guide will be able to direct you and point out wildlife.
There is a park permit fee on top of the cost of hiring a jeep, and any elephant rides are extra. Any safari organised with your lodge normally includes all the jeep and park fees, although elephant rides are still extra. You don’t have to pay in the jungle but normally pay later at your lodge, although taking a little cash to tip the elephant rider is a good idea.
Bandhavgarh Safari Timing
|Months||Morning Timing||Evening Timing|
|15th Oct – 15th Feb||7:00 AM- 10:30 PM||2:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|16th Feb – 31st Mar||6:00 AM – 9:30 PM||3:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|01st Apr – 30th June||6:00 AM – 9:30 PM||3:30 AM – 7:00 PM|
Bandhavgarh Safari Cost & Permits
There is a park permit charge on top of the price of hiring a jeep, and any elephant rides are extra. Any safari organised with your lodge normally includes all the jeep and park fees although elephant rides are still extra. You don’t have to pay in the jungle but normally pay at your lodge later, although taking a little cash to tip the elephant rider is a good idea.
Park Entry Fees
Maghadhi, Panpatha and Khitauli Safari Zones Entry Fees:
₹1030 for Indians and ₹2030 for foreigners.
Tala Zone Entry fees:
₹2030 for Indians and ₹4030 for foreigners.
Guide fees: ₹200
Total ₹1230 per safari for Indian tourists and
₹2230 for foreigner tourists (Maghadhi, Panpatha and Khitauli Zones).
Total ₹2230 per trip for Indian tourists, and ₹4230 for foreigner tourists (Tala Zone)
Jeep Safari Charges
This cost is per trip entry fees for one jeep for 6 persons.
- Gypsy hiring charges for jungle safari for Tala Zone: ₹2100 per trip
- Gypsy hiring charges for Jungle safari for Panpatha, Maghdhi and Khitauli Zone: ₹2100 per trip
- Gypsy hiring charges for Fort visit: ₹2100 per trip
- Service charge for booking and arranging Jeep safari: ₹200 per safari.
- Total for Indians: ₹4500 for Tala Zone per Jeep Safari, ₹3500 for other zones per Jeep Safari.
- Total for foreigners: ₹6500 for Tala Zone per Jeep Safari, ₹4500 for other Zones per Jeep Safari.
- Wednesday evening is holiday of Bandhavgarh National Park
Elephant Safari for foreigners:
₹2000 per person for 1 hour during Maghadhi Zone jeep safari at morning.
- Elephant Safari for Indians: ₹700.00 per person for 1 hour during Maghadhi Zone jeep safari at morning.
- Elephant Safari for whole day: ₹80,000 per elephant for 1 whole day for 4 people.
New Year, Holi, Diwali are peak season timing, its recommended to book park permits, jeep and hotel well in advance during that period.