Tiger Safari Bandhavgarh

The core area of Bandhavgarh National Park is divided into 3 zones: – Tala, Magdhi and Khitauli. Each area has its own landscape and terrain, and flora & fauna.

Although frequent visitors may prefer one zone over the other, a visit to a specific zone does not guarantee better sightings of tigers and/or other wildlife.

The 3 safari zones of Bandhavgarh are each divided into routes and two routes are allotted in one safari round. One route for going from entrance gate to center point and second route for returning from center point to exit gate. This way, the visitor gets a chance to cover the maximum area of the zone and experience the zone in its totality. Some areas are inaccessible in order to reduce disturbance to wildlife. Sometimes, new routes are opened up, and old ones are closed, in rotation, in order to reduce pressure on wildlife, and give frequent visitors a different experience. All the 3 zones have various points and routes which have become popular over the years.

Bandhavgarh has the one of the highest density of tigers. However, tigers, like most animals, are shy and elusive animals, and will often avoid people. Tiger sightings are a matter of chance. It is not advisable to be totally focused on tigers, as you may miss out on other wildlife sightings and interesting jungle factoids. 

For a complete wildlife experience, we always advise our guest to take at least 1 safari in each zone. This lets you experience the different habitat types in Bandhavgarh, as well as maximize your chance of wildlife and bird sightings. However, due to peak season and advance bookings, and the new guidelines from the forest department, limited number of safaris are available.

Wildlife and Birdwatching Tour

This itinerary has been specially put together for guests who want to spend their time on safari as a learning experience as much as being out in the Indian wilderness tracking Tigers and viewing wildlife. It has a combination of Tiger safaris, and bird walks, specially curated within a 4 Night – 5 Day itinerary. It also combines the Park Safaris with visits to villages around the Tiger reserve and spending time with locals as they work in their fields and share stories of living next door to the Tigers.

The itinerary is linked to our conservation initiative. Guests will get a chance to plant a forest tree of their choice as a part of our conservation efforts, and will be directly contributing to our village awareness program. An important part of the itinerary is interactions with wildlifers and an interactive visit to the reforestation project to learn about the Tiger habitat and issues related to conservation in wildlife areas.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Bandhavgarh. Welcome drink and check in. Breakfast and briefing of Monsoon Forest Introduction and talk with our naturalist. Lunch will be served at the Baithak Dining room.

Post lunch we will leave for our evening safari into the park.

Back at Jungle Lodge for Tea and refreshments. Evenings free to walk around the lodge, followed by Dinner at the Baithak Dining room.

Day 2

Wake up call with Tea / Coffee at the lodge. We will assemble at the Baithak & leave for a half day picnic with packed breakfast to the Baan Sagar Dam catchment area. Ban Sagar Lake is situated on the Ban Sagar Dam, built on the Sone river. Early morning drive up to the beautiful Ban Sagar Lake for some birding and picnic. The entire excursion will take about 3 hours

Back to the lodge, relax and join us for lunch at Robin’s Nest

Post lunch we will take you for a walk through the nursery of plants and reforestation project.

Day 3

Wake up call with Tea / Coffee at the lodge. We assemble at the Baithak & leave for the Morning Safari with our guide & naturalist. Return to Monsoon Forest and relax at the lodge.

Post lunch – we leave for another exciting drive to Bandhavgarh National Park for our evening safari.

Back at Monsoon Forest for Tea and refreshments. Snacks on the terrace. Dinner at Robin’s Nests

Day 4

Wake up call with Tea / Coffee at the lodge. We assemble at the Baithak & leave for the Morning Safari with our guide & naturalist. Return to Monsoon Forest. Lunch at the Baithak.

Post lunch – visit to – Rancha village visit home & interaction with family. Talk about man animal conflict. Introduction to – traditional farming methods (optional).

Back at Monsoon Forest for Tea and refreshments. Snacks on the terrace. Dinner at Robin’s Nests

Day 5

Early morning wake up call with tea/coffee, post which we will leave for the morning safari into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Return to Monsoon Forest for lunch.

Post lunch we will go for Tree Plantation. We would implant a plaque with your name and let you know how your tree is progressing over time.
Depart for the railway station for your onward journey.

Bandhavgarh 3 nights package

This itinerary has been specially put together for guests who want to spend their time on safari as a learning experience as much as being out in the Indian wilderness tracking Tigers and viewing wildlife. It has a combination of Tiger safaris, and bird walks, carefully curated within a 3 Night – 4 Day package. In addition to park safaris, there is also the opportunity for visits to villages around the Tiger reserve and spending time with local people as they work in their fields and share stories of living next door to the Tigers.

This itinerary is linked to our conservation initiative. Guests get a chance to plant a forest tree of their choice as a part of our conservation efforts and will be directly contributing to our village awareness program. An important part of the itinerary is interactions with wildlifers and an interactive visit to the reforestation project to learn about Tiger habitat and issues related to conservation in wildlife areas.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Bandhavgarh. Welcome drink and check in. Breakfast and briefing of Monsoon Forest Introduction and talk with our naturalist. Lunch will be served at the Baithak Dining room. Post lunch we will leave for our evening safari into the park.

Back at Monsoon Forest for Tea and refreshments. Evenings free to walk around the lodge, followed by Dinner at the Baithak Dining room.

Day 2

Wake up call with Tea / Coffee at the lodge. Post which we will leave for the morning Safari. Possibility of Tiger viewing from elephant back subject to sighting (optional). Packed breakfast will be served.

Back to the lodge, relax and join us for a walk through the nursery of plants and reforestation project. Lunch at the Baithak Dining room.

Post lunch we will go for the evening safari. Back at Monsoon Forest for Tea and refreshments. Evening visit to a village. Dinner

Day 3

Wake up call with Tea / Coffee at the lodge. We assemble at the Baithak & leave for the Morning Safari with our guide & naturalist. Return to Monsoon Forest. Lunch at the Baithak.

Post lunch – visit to – Rancha village visit home & interaction with family. Talk about man animal conflict. Introduction to – traditional farming methods (optional).

Back at Monsoon Forest for Tea and refreshments. Snacks on the terrace. Dinner at Robin’s Nests

Day 4

Early morning wake up call with tea/coffee, post which we will leave for the morning safari into the Bandhavgarh National Park. Return to Monsoon Forest for lunch.

Post lunch we will go for Tree Plantation. We would implant a plaque with your name and let you know how your tree is progressing over time.

Depart for the railway station for your onward journey.

Bandhavgarh 2 Nights Package

This tour has been specially handcrafted with those for whom time is limited, or Bandhavgarh is just one stop on a larger tour. Our expertise in preparing special itineraries will allow you to make the most of your short time in Bandhavgarh.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Bandhavgarh National Park

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Bandhavgarh can be reached via 3 arrival points – Umaria, Katni or Jabalpur. On your arrival to Monsoon Forest, post the tea and refreshments, our staff will escort you to your tents or nests (Eco-cottage). Breakfast will be served at the ‘Baithak’ (our restaurant). Rest of the morning can be spent relaxing and exploring the lodge. If you wish you can go for a bird walk around the lodge with our naturalists.
  • Post lunch, you will leave for your evening safari into the park – a great opportunity for viewing wildlife, especially the tiger in its natural habitat. Bandhavgarh National Park is encircled by cliffs and wooded Vindhyan mountains. The Wildlife Park is blanketed by the grasslands, trees of Sal, Bamboo and mixed forest which together promise an exciting drive into the forest.
  • Return to the lodge by late evening and relax over some tea and refreshments. Enjoy a scrumptious meal at one of our dining areas over endless stories of the tiger and his kingdom.

Day 02: Bandhavgarh National Park

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • You will be given a wake-up call early morning and post your tea and refreshments, you will leave for yet another exciting safari into the forest with your guide. During the morning safari you can also explore the possibility of Tiger Show – wherein, you will get to view the Tiger on an elephant back. (This is subject to availability and on direct payments in the park).
  • Return to the lodge for a warm breakfast and relax around the lodge. Post lunch you will go into the park again with your guide. One can find almost all the animals in this wildlife sanctuary but some of the main wild attractions include Bluebull, Chausingha (four horned deer), Chinkara, Wild Boar, Jackal, Leopard, Gaur (Indian bison), Cheetal, Sambar, Dhole, Sloth bear, Rhesus macaque, Black faced Langur, Jungle cat, Hyena, Porcupine and Ratel. Back to the lodge by late evening.

Day 03: Bandhavgarh National Park

  • Meals: on direct payment at the lodge.
  • You will be given a wake-up call early morning and post your tea and refreshments, you will leave for yet another exciting safari into the forest with your guide. Back to the lodge post the safari and proceed for your onward journey.
  • Tour ends.

Photographers Packages

With on of the highest tiger densities in the country, Bandhavgarh is one of the best places to document the life of this magnificent cat. Our dedicated team of Naturalists and managers have specialized in programmes for professional wildlife photographers and filmmakers for over 15 years. We facilitate booking of safari and videography permits, reservations of elephants and special permissions to photograph/film within the Tiger reserve, along with the possibility of booking full-day park safaris for videography. We are happy to assist single travelling photographers or teams/groups and will tailor design their trip according to their interest and time frame.

  • Dedicated Naturalist
  • Exclusive Jeep
  • Tiger tracking by Elephant
  • Watchtowers and hides