Bandhavgarh is a region located in Umaria district, towards the north-eastern border of Madhya Pradesh. Situated amidst the Satpura and Vindhya ranges, Bandhavgarh is famous for its wildlife resources and eco-tourism initiatives. The National Park is about 440 square km. Formerly the hunting reserve of the princely state of Rewa, the park comprises the area where the first white tigers were discovered in the wild. The terrain consists of great rocky hills rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley bottoms. The highest of these 32 hills is crowned by the 2000 year old Bandhavgarh Fort, rising over 2500 feet above sea level. Scattered around the fort are several caves containing shrines and ancient Sanskrit inscriptions.
Location: Umaria district, Madhya Pradesh. The nearest airport is at Jabalpur (190 km). Further away is Khajuraho (250 km).
Prominent Fauna: Jackals, foxes, hyenas, tigers, tigers and more tigers! The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is among the highest in India. Their prey includes wild pig and a wide variety of deer, including the chausingha (four-horned antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle) and nilgai (blue bull). Kites, eagles, vultures, and cranes are some of the more common birds. Reptilian species include cobras, kraits, vipers and pythons.
Best Time to Visit: November to June. Closed from July to October. With a minimum stay of 02 nights
Safari Timings: Morning Safari: 06:30 - 10:30, Afternoon Safari:15:00 - 18:00
Destination Guide: Bandhavgarh's history dates back to the 3rd century A.D. In Indian mythology, the fort on Bandhavgarh hill is said to have been built by Lord Rama for his brother Lakshman during the Ramayana period. There are a number of man-made caves in and around the 2000 year old fort with inscriptions and carvings which date back to 129-168 A.D. Considered the crown in the wildlife heritage of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers, chital (spotted deer), leopard, gaur, sambhar, and many more animal species. Bandhavgarh National Park is nestled in the Vindhya mountain range of central India, full of picturesque hills and densely forested ravines. Bandhavgarh was the former hunting preserve of the Maharajah of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. The holiday season around December and January can get somewhat crowded, as also the dates around the festivals of Diwali (Oct-Nov) and Holi (March). March onwards continues to be the best time for tiger sightings, as the weather gets hotter and the animals venture out. Safaris in the jungle take place in jeeps and on elephant-back.
Accommodation: Hotels in Bandhavgarh range from budget hotels and home stays to jungle resorts. There number of options here to stay.
Note: The temple town of Khajuraho is only about 240 km away. We highly recommend you make the time to visit.
Kanha National Park, also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve, is a vast expanse of grassland and forest in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Tigers, jackals and wild pigs can be spotted in Kanha Meadows. The elevated plateau of Bamhnidadar is home to birds of prey. Animals often gather at the watering holes of Sondar Tank and Babathenga Tank. The park’s flora and fauna are documented in the park's Kanha Museum. The Park is spread out over an area of 940 square km, situated in a horse-shoe shaped valley, the park is home to over 22 different species of mammals and some 200 bird species. Sal and bamboo forests cover large areas, interspersed with grasslands and meandering streams. This jungle was also a source of inspiration to Rudyard Kipling when he was writing The Jungle Book.
Location: Madhya Pradesh. The closest airports are at Jabalpur (150 km) and Raipur (220 km). A little ahead is Nagpur (270 km).
Prominent Fauna: Tigers, leopards, foxes, jackals, barasingha (twelve-horned antelope), gaur (Indian bison), sambar, nilgai, black buck, sloth bear, dhole (wild dog), barking deer, wild boar, langur.
Best Time to Visit: November to June. Closed from July to October. Minimum stay 03 nights
16 October – 15 February : Morning: Sunrise – 12:00, Afternoon: 15:00 – Sunset
16 February – 15 April : Morning: Sunrise – 12:00, Afternoon: 16:00 – Sunset
16 April – 30 June : Morning: Sunrise – 11:00, Afternoon: 17:00 – Sunset
Destination Guide: Kanha’s forest is mostly composed of sal and bamboo, along with sprawling, grassy meadows. It was once a popular hunting spot of maharajahs and viceroys. Now, it's the last refuge of the rare barasingha or twelve-horned antelope. Safaris into the jungle take place in the mornings and the early evenings. Summers here are hot and dry, but as with all wildlife parks. A nearby attraction is Bamni Dadar- a high plateau within the reserve with a spectacular view, it's a great place to watch the sunset. There's also the ancient Shravantal dam, which has a very interesting mythological association with the Ramayana epic. And a few kilometres away, you can visit some impressive ancient temple ruins.
Accommodation: There are various accommodation options.
Note: A visit to Kanha can also be combined with a trip to the fascinating temple town of Khajuraho, famous for its ancient erotic sculptures.
The camel is an amazing creature. Camel is the ultimate desert SUV. The nomads of Rajasthan still use them regularly to travel vast distances. Getting on to one while it's seated is quite easy, but then as it lurches to its feet in three stages the experience can be quite unnerving the first time. But once you're on and perched six feet above the ground, your perspective changes and riding into the sunset you can fantasize about global conquests or Arabian nights! You may stay either for two nights or three nights. The Shekhawati region is north of Jaipur.
After breakfast in Jaipur, drive north to the Shekhawati region known for its castles and traditional painted havelis (Rajasthani homes). Arrive at Mandawa and check in at your hotel/resort. In the afternoon, tour the village. Overnight Mandawa.
Set out on an exciting two night desert camping safari that gives you an opportunity to see the way of life of the Rajasthani folk in their village-oases that dot the desert landscape and experience their warm hospitality. Each day's riding will be about 20 kms/5 hours. You'll spend the nights in tented camps. The rich colours of the dunes of the dunes as the day progresses will be as striking as the night sky blazing with thousands of stars.
After breakfast, it's about an hour's ride to where you can join your car for the return trip to Jaipur, from where you can continue your journey.
Disclaimer: Above is a standard itinerary. Final tour may vary depending upon the exact air, rail, road schedule and passenger requirement.
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