Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh Wildlife Safari Timings

The timings to enjoy Bandhavgarh Wildlife Safari is not different from most of the wildlife parks but the experience you get is different. The landscapes of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve are very stunning. From forests, gorgeous steep edges, meadows, grassy swamps, rocky hill ranges and alluring forested valleys will definitely enrich your nature loving spirit. Moreover, it is very famous for White Tiger sightings. You will also see jungle cats, leopards, grey mongoose, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chinkara, Leopards, Sambar, sloth bear, Barking Deer and Sambar in an amazing wildlife Safari at Bandhavgarh National Park.

The timings of Bandhavgarh National Park will differ according to seasons. In winters the daylight hours make the evening exit time shorter and morning entry time longer. The best time to enjoy wildlife safari at Bandhavgarh National Park is from the months of October to June. The park remains open for wildlife enthusiasts from 15th October to 30th June.

Timings to Enjoy Wildlife Safari at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Park Safari Timing 15th October to 15th February 16th February to 31stMarch 1st April to 30th June
Morning Shift 6:30am to 11:00am 6:00am to11:00am 5:30am to 10:00am
Afternoon Shift 2:30pm to 5:30pm 3:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Every Wednesday the park remains closed for the tourists in the evening shift. Holi is celebrated in India with a great pomp and show. On this day the remains are closed for both the shifts.

Though Summer is the best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park due to high chance of Tiger sightings, if you don’t want to visit here during summer then November to March is the best time to plan a Jungle Safari in Bandhavgarh.

Tourists can enjoy both Jeep and Canter Safari in Bandhavgarh within a fixed time. The number of vehicles allowed to enter in each shift is –

Safari Zone Tala Zone Magadhi Zone Khitauli Zone Panpatha Zone
Morning Shift 25 66 35 35
Afternoon Shift 25 66 35 35

Types of Safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park

The adventure and excitement of Wildlife is best enjoyed when you will do Jungle Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park. There are mainly two types of Safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park –

Jeep Safari: Jeep Safari is one of the best ways to enjoy the enchanting wilderness of Bandhavgarh National Park. Wildlife lovers are allowed in the park twice a day, Morning and Evening. Normally 4Wd Gypsies are used in Jungle Safaris. Maximum 6 people are allowed to sit in a jeep with a professional Guide. The timings of the morning Safari depend on sunrise time.

  • Single Jeep Safari – In Single Jeep Safari you will be accompanied by other tourists and a guide.
  • Full Day Jeep safari – In Full Day Jeep Safari you can book the entire jeep for yourself with a driver and a guide and your jeep will enter 15-20 minutes earlier than other Safari vehicles. You will head back 15 minutes after all the other Safari vehicles have left.

Canter Safari – Tourists also prefer to enjoy Wildlife Safari through Canter vehicles. It can accommodate up to 12 tourists. It is available to the tourist on the basis of first come first serve. Canter Safari is allowed in Khitauli and Magadhi Zone. It is always preferred as the second-best option for a tourist due to its cost effectiveness.

Elephant Safaris: Elephant Safari is one of the most popular options to enjoy wildlife at Bandhavgarh National Park. But this safari is not always available and you have to book Elephant safari online in advance. It is not easy for a normal tourist to hire elephants for safari as they are mainly kept for research, rescue, photography and tourism purposes only. You need to get permission from the Field Director of Bandhavgarh National Park 7 to 10 days advance for issuance of Full day jeep safari along with Demand Draft of security deposit.

Walk Safaris – In Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, you can also enjoy guided Walk Safaris with a tourist guide at Buffer Zone. You will be accompanied by a naturalist and a forest official. It is best for those who are much interested in exploring nature from up close.

Safari Zones in Bandhavgarh

There are three main Zones in Bandhavgarh National Park to enjoy the best of wildlife Tourism.  Every zone offers delightful experiences of wildlife sightings which will enrich your wildlife exploration experience in Madhya Pradesh.

Tala Zone: It is one of the major and most popular wildlife zones in Bandhavgarh National Park. A to E routes are named under this zone. You will be amazed to know that under this zone you will witness the grandeur of Royal Bandhavgarh Fort along with great wildlife sightings. It is one of the best zones for Tiger sightings. Some of the best attractions to see in this zone are Bhitari Hide, Bamania Hill, three cave points, Vulture Nest, Siddha Baba, Chakradhara Hide, Gopalpur Pond and Sita Mandap etc.

Magadhi Zone: Another most popular wildlife zone in Bandhavgarh National Park is Magadhi Zone. It is decked with enchanting forests and grasslands. It is around 8km away from Tala village and also shares territories with the Tala zone. The safari routes for this zone are E to H. It is also one of the best zones for Tiger sightings. Some of the most prominent tourist attractions of this Zone are Sehra Dadra, Sukhi Dam, Baherha, Badbada, Pathiha Camp, Dabhadol Tank, Kerhawah, Dahua Tower, Dinosaur Rock and Mahaman Pond etc. It is also one of the best zones for an amazing Jungle Safari Experience.

Khitauli Zone: Khitauli is one of the best zones for Wildlife Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park. It is the western part of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. If You are a birdwatcher, this zone is best for you. Moreover, you will also witness Blue Bull, Leopard, Sloth Bear etc. Some of the most beautiful tourist attractions to visit here are Charkha Dongri, Nigai Nala, Kumbhi Kacchar, Tedka Munara, Marjadgarh Tower and Garhpuri Dam etc.

Buffer Zones in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

  • Panpatha Zone: Panpatha Zone is one of the most popular zones of Bandhavgarh National Park. Known for its scenic forest vistas and Jackal, Chital, sambhar, Blue Bull, Bear, Chausingha and wild dogs’ sightings. Religious tourist attractions like Shesh Shaiya and Laxmi Temple add to the serene charm of this zone.
  • Dhamokhar Zone: Dhamokhar Zone will offer soothing vistas of amazing fauna like Ders, Sambhars, Cheetals, Bore and many delightful birds. You will not regret visiting this zone as there are many wonderful tourist attractions for photography and nature sightseeing. Some of the most prominent tourist attractions are Kadewaha Madehavah, Kalwahdhaar, Badawar, Mudgudi and Jhaanj etc.

Required Documents to Book Bandhavgarh Jungle Safari

Following documents are compulsory for Bandhavgarh Jungle Safari booking

  • To acquire an entrance ticket, you need a valid ID proof such as Passport, Driving License, Pan Card, Voter ID card, Aadhar Card and Central Government ID card etc.
  • If you are a foreigner, you will need a valid Passport for entrance ticket.
  • For Safari reservation, full name, age, gender and nationality along with the documents should be mentioned.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

How many zones can 1 visit with one entry Permit?

You can only visit 1 Safari Zone with one entry Permit. The permit for which it is booked for can only be visited.

What are the off days for Bandhavgarh National Park’s wildlife Safari?

Wednesday evenings are off for Bandhavgarh National Park’s wildlife safari.

When the core zone of Bandhavgarh National Park is closed for Wildlife Safari?

1st July to 30th September is closed for Wildlife Safari at Bandhavgarh National Park.

What is the best time for Jungle Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park?

October to June is the best time to plan Wildlife Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park.

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