This is a program for someone who wants an almost sure shot tour to see the Tiger. Bandhavgarh is a destination for Tiger lovers. People who do not wish to see anything else but the Tiger come to Bandhavgarh, what they get in return is something that gets them to return to Bandhavgarh. An erstwhile hunting ground of the Maharaja of Rewa, Bandhavgarh stands tall amongst all other national parks when it comes to Tiger sightings. Advantage that Bandhavgarh has compared to other parks is it’s higher Tiger density. Also a fact that Bandhavgarh is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, which is home to six other national parks, and this is one state that is quite serious towards conservation of Tigers. In the recently concluded Tiger census, Madhya Pradesh has been awarded the Tiger state of India title based on the fact that this state has the maximum number of Tigers compared to any other state The rules and regulations in this state are more strict compared to many. Hence, you do not find the rush of general tourism here. Only true and ardent lovers of Tigers come this far. One has to book safaris much in advance, almost about 5 months before if you want the best possible zones for Tiger sightings while on Tiger safari tour in Bandhavgarh.
Day 01 – Arrive New Delhi
Arrival at the capital, Delhi. A welcome on arrival by the representatives of Nature Safari India and then check into the hotel.
Day 02 – New Delhi – Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh (flight + 200 km/3-4hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to board a flight at 0740 hrs to arrive Jabalpur at 0900 hrs. Met at the Airport and drive to Bandhavgarh, 200kms, about 3.5 hours drive. Check in at the resort. The afternoon is free to walk to the local village, or accompany our naturalist for a local birding tour.
The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is relatively high. The possibility of spotting Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard and Tiger is very good. The park is also densely populated with animals like the Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambhar, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chowsingha (Four Horned Antelope) and is rich in bird life.
The terrain is rocky, rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley. The finest of these hills is Bandhavgarh, which is bounded by great cliffs and eroded rocks. The Bandhavgarh Fort, believed to be 2000 years old, stands at the highest point. There is a temple at the fort that can be visited by jeeps. Scattered throughout the park, particularly around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions. The ramparts of the fort provide a home for vultures, blue rock thrushes and crag martins.
Day 03 to 06 – Bandhavgarh
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the lodge. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the national park.
Bandhavgarh: The national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot rat, the Jungle Cat, and the shy Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two-primate species – the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur – inhabit Bandhavgarh. Dinner and overnight at the Resort .
Day 07 – Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (200km/3-4hrs + flight)
This is the last day the Bandhavgarh national park as you visit the forest and try to sight the Tigers here. Depart for Jabalpur at 1100hrs, to board a flight at 4pm to arrive New Delhi at 6pm. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi.
Day 08 – New Delhi Fly Home
Assistance is provided on departure from the hotel to the Airport to board a flight back home. End of the tour.