Jungle Lore offers a 3 nights and 4 days stay in Bandhavgarh. The itinerary is meticulously designed to give our guests the most exhilarating wildlife experience. Our expert team of naturalist and drivers will guide your way through the Sal forest making sure that you have an experience of a life time. The itinerary includes accommodation in a very hospitable star amenities resort, sumptuous meals, 4 jungle safaris with experts and surface transfers.
DAY 1 - Departure for Jabalpur
We depart to Jabalpur via flight in late afternoon. Upon arrival we drive down to Bandhavgarh (160 kms ~ 3hrs). Upon arrival in Bandhavgarh we transfer to the very hospitable resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
DAY 2 - Jungle Safaris
We leave for an early morning Jungle Safari. Upon return to the resort, breakfast will be served. After freshening up, relaxation and lunch we leave for the evening jungle safari. Dinner & campfire mark the end of the day.
DAY 3 - Jungle Safaris
This day we continue with our jungle safaris and experience the wilderness of the Bandhavgarh forest.
DAY 4 - Departure to Jabalpur
An early morning departure to Jabalpur, breakfast in Jabalpur and flight back home.
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Bandhavgarh national park is one of the most popular national parks located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. It boasts of having highest density of wild tigers in the entire world- not many people return disappointed from a trip to the park. The park derives its name from the most prominent hillock in the area, which is said to have been given by Lord Rama to his brother Laxmana to keep a watch on Lanka; hence the name Bandhavgarh (Sanskrit: Brother's fort). Bandhavgarh has a very high density of Tigers within the folds of its marvelous Jungles. Probably the highest in the world ! There is a saying about this park that goes - " In any other Park, you are lucky if you see a Tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you don't see (at least) one.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
Bandhavgarh lies on the extreme north - eastern border of the present state of Madhya Pradesh in India and the northern flanks of the eastern Satpuda mountain range.
It is mainly characterized by well - defined winters, summers and rains. During the winters the mercury falls to about 2° C; in the month of January and during the summers it goes up to 45° C. Average rainfall of 1133 mm, most of which precipitates during the monsoons. Some rains result from the southern cyclones as well, between the months of November and February.
FLORA & FAUNA
Bandhavgarh is very rich in floral diversity due to a combination of landforms and soil types, and the moist character of the region. Forest type of Bandhavgarh can be identified as Moist Peninsular Sal Forest and Southern tropical Moist Mixed Deciduous Forest and Southern Tropical Dry Mixed Deciduous Forest. The reserve has over 600 species of flowering plants, 50 species of aquatic plants and 18 species of rare plants.
The big mammals of Bandhavgarh are the charismatic Tiger, the smarter cat leopard and Baloo the Sloth Bear of Jungle Book fame. The list is compounded by presence of super reptiles like the python, russels viper, krait, boa, the keel backs, etc. The Sal paradise of Bandhavgarh dosen't disappoint the avid birdwatcher either.
Birds : Browed fantails, steppe eagles, green pigeons, grey malabar hornbills, blossom headed parakeets, blue bearded bee eaters, green bee eaters, white bellied drongos, owls, minivets, woodshrikes, paradise flycatchers, etc.
IN & AROUND
The oldest fort in India, considered to be more than 2500 years. A one-hour trek to the fort is worth the effort. The charm of this trek lies in discovering these monuments in the jungle, unspoiled and unexplored. Some of the statues lie off the main path and so it is best to take a guide. Apart from the avatars, well worth seeing are three small temples of around the 12th century. These temples are deserted but the fort is still used as a place of worship. Kabir Das, the celebrated 16th century saint, once lived and preached here. The natural ramparts of the fort give a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. Vultures wheel around the precipice, which also attracts blue rock thrushes and crag martins.
Marble Rocks of Bedaghat
Soaring in glittering splendor, the marble rocks at Bhedaghat rise to a hundred feet on either side of the Narmada. The serene loveliness, the sunlight sparkling on the marble-white pinnacles and casting dappled shadows on the pellucid waters is a sight to watch.
The famous waterfall is located just 25 km from Jabalpur. The Narmada making its way through the Marble Rock's narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhar or the smoke cascade. So powerful is the plunge that its roar is heard from a far distance. The falls and the breaking of the volume of water at the crest present an awesome spectacle of nature's power unleashed.
In 1947, when the State of Rewa was merged with Madhya Pradesh; Bandhavgarh came under the regulations of Madhya Pradesh. The Maharaja of Rewa still retained the hunting rights. No special conservation measures were taken until 1968, when the areas were constituted as a national park. Since then, numerous steps have been taken to retain Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoiled natural habitat.
Project Tiger was constituted in 1972 and then the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 came into force. It was realized that protection of just the 105 sq.km. of prime Bandhavgarh habitat was not enough, so in 1982, three more ranges, namely Khitauli, Magdhi and Kallawah were added to Tala range (the original Bandhavgarh National Park) to extend the area of Bandhavgarh to 448 sq.km. As Project tiger extended its activities and area of influence, Bandhavgarh was taken into its folds in 1993.