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Bengal Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh is located amongst the Vindya Hills of Madhya Pradesh and consists of a relatively small core area of 105 sq km, with a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km.

The setting of Bandhavgarh is impressive – the ruins of the ancient fort, the archaeological remains of the Kachin period and the numerous prehistoric caves around the park provide a stunning backdrop.

Bandhavgarh has a high density of tigers. There are approximately 90 tigers, 25 leopards, chital, sambar, langur monkeys, jackals and a number of bird species.

Bengal Tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Bengal Tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Safari, Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Tiger Paw Print, India
Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Game Drive, Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Taj Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Blue Jay, India
Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Bengal Tiger, India
Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Why Choose Bandhavgarh National Park

Like other parks, Bandhavgarh has been divided into zones. Sightings are generally quite good in all zones but the Tala Zone is considered the premium zone because of its tiger population and also attractions, such as the Bandhavgarh Fort and Vishnu Temple. However, due to its good tiger population and relatively small size, visitors to Bandhavgarh have experienced issues with online bookings, signage and poor guiding practices, as well as some conservation issues and lots of jeeps.

Bandhavgarh is accessed from Delhi by a short flight to Khajuraho followed by a six-hour drive. There are overnight train options but we wouldn’t recommend these. Combines well with visits to Panna and Kanha.


Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

Kings Lodge £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

In a large natural forested estate just outside of Bandhavgarh National Park, Kings Lodge is a comfortable wildlife lodge with an excellent team of dedicated naturalists.

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Samode Safari Lodge £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Samode Safari Lodge has upped the ante on luxurious wildlife lodges in India. This elegant lodge in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve offers excellent service, delicious cuisine and superb guiding.

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Taj Mahua Kothi £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Taj Mahua Kothi close to Bandhavgarh National Park is a beautiful tented camp with impeccable service and expert naturalists.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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