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Go On A Safari, Spot The Tiger{s} & More At Bandhavgarh National Park

    What Makes It Awesome

    When in Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, you can never be too vigilant. Including within your camp, the tigers can come calling. This is no exaggeration. Tigers have been known to walk into lodges around the reserve – usually in search of food; domestic cattle in buffer zones make for easy pickings. This is tiger country, and big cats abound. Despite the high density of tigers in Bandhavgarh, you could go for multiple safaris and yet not spot any. That is the way of the jungle. If it was predictable, it would be called the zoo. What adds to the charm of jungle safaris is the mystery and sense of anticipation when on the trail of a tiger. By many standards, Bandhavgarh is a relatively smaller park, yet rich with its offering of flora and fauna. All thriving {as much as human habitats allow} in stunning landscapes comprising hilly terrain, thick forests {of course}, and water bodies. Being watched over by the majestically located Bandhavgarh Fort. And just like any other forest, go for all that Bandhavgarh has to offer – not just tigers. So enjoy the safari. Travel Tips: Best time to go: The forest reserve is usually open from October 16 to June 30. The forest has something for visitors at all times of the year, so there is no best time to go. If you visit in October and November, you will find the forest lush green and fresh after the rains. Winters is the time for birds – and you will encounter tourist traffic at its peak. Temperatures rise significantly from late March till June – and the greenery starts drying up. This is the best time for spotting tigers and many other animals. Foliage is thinner, and animals are seen lounging at water bodies. However, no matter when you go, there is no guarantee of what you will spot. Accommodation: You have a choice from budget to super luxury. Book well in advance if you plan on visiting during the peak holiday season. How to reach: You can take a flight to Jabalpur {185 km/115 miles} or Khajuraho {225 km/140 miles}. Nearest train stations are at Umaria {32 km/20 miles}, Jabalpur {185 km/115 miles}, Katni {100 km/63 miles}, and Satna {120 km/75 miles}. You need to book a cab for the final leg – best to ask your hotel or travel agent to take care of the transport. You can get to Bandhavgarh by road too; refer to Kunzum Route K17 for directions. P.S. You can read more about my travels here: {}.

    What Could Be Better?

    The system of getting Safari bookings. It’s not transparent enough.

    How Much Did It Cost?

    INR 3,000+