Bandhavgarh Safari Booking

Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh, with an area of 105 km2, was declared a national park in 1968 and then became Tiger Reserve in 1993. The current core area is spread over 716 km2. Mythologically the name “ Bandhavgarh” means (Bandhav = Brother and garh = Fort) and was acquire the name Bandhavgarh with the name of the fort. This fort was built and given to brother Lakshman by Lord Rama, to keep a watch on lanka and hence it acquired the Reference to this is also found in the Narad Panch Ratna and Shiva Sanhita Puran.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is of vital importance considering its Flora and Fauna diversity. The Tiger Reserve is Known for the rich population of tigers and variety of herbivores. This area is unique from the point of biodiversity, as it comprises hills,valley, rivers, marshes and meadows to give rise to diverse vegetation. Apart from tiger, as many as 34 species of Mammals have been listed and nearly 260 species of birds and 70 species of butterfly.

Bandhavgarh Flora & Fauna

Bandhavgarh is best known for Evergreen Sal forest and Mixed forest about 515 species of Plant are found there and is also home to 242 species of Birds and many species of Reptile and Insect are found there. The Major Mammals of Bandhavgarh is Tiger, Leopard, Wild dog, Wild cat, Hyena, Wolf, Chital, Sambar, Black Buck, Rojda etc are easily seen there.

Bandhavgarh Safari Zones

Bandhavgarh is divided into 3 core zones: Tala (the park’s main zone, where Bandhavgarh fort is situated) and adjoining Magdhi (located on the edge of the park and best for spotting tigers), plus Khitauli separated by a road (quaint and less-visited, although tiger sightings do occur there. It’s especially good for birding).

There are 3 buffer zones which are spread over Umaria and Katni districts. They are Dhamokhar (adjoining Magdhi zone and entered from Parasi), Panpatha (adjoining Khitauli zone and entered from Pachpedi), and Johila (entered from Cechpur/Gajwahi). Tiger sightings have occurred in these buffer zones.

Jeep safaris are conducted in all zones. Safaris in the buffer zone continue throughout the monsoon season. Johila has a couple of waterfalls within it.

Bandhavgarh Jeep Safari Charges & Timing

The safari cost at Bandhavgarh National Park

Safari permit fee is INR 1500 for a whole jeep (seating up to 6 people) and INR 250 for a single seat in a jeep. Children under 5 years of age are free.

Note: Mandatory forest guide and jeep hire charges are additional, and are fixed. The guide fees is INR 360 per safari at Bandhavgarh National Park. The cost of hiring a vehicle at Bandhavgarh National Park is INR 2500. All prices are distributed equally between the tourists in the vehicle.

Safari permit bookings for all zones can be made online on the MP Forest Department website. Single seat bookings are only offered online for core zones though. Book early (up to 90 days in advance) because the number of safaris in each zone is restricted and they sell out fast!

When booking online, you will only be charged the permit fee. This fee is valid for one zone, which is selected when making the booking. The guide fee and vehicle hire fee are to be paid separately at the park before undertaking the safari and will be distributed equally between the tourists in the vehicle.

At the time of booking, you will see the number of seats remaining in each zone. You may also see that some options are displayed with a “W”. This means that you’ll be placed on a waiting list and will only get a confirmed permit if it clears. If this doesn’t happen at least five days before the start of your safari, your booking will be automatically canceled and you’ll be given a refund.

All hotels arrange safaris but at a higher rate. Luxury properties conduct private safaris in their own vehicles, using their own guides and naturalists.

Safari Timings:
Bandhavgarh National Park remain open for visitors from 15th October to 30th June. The safari timings are:

Timings Morning Safari Afternoon Safari
15th October to 15th Feb 06:30 AM to 11:00 AM 02:30 PM to 05:30 PM
16th Feb to 31st March 06:00 AM to 11:00 AM 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
01st April to 30th June 05:30 AM to 10:00 AM 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Best Time to visit Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Every year Bandhavgarh National Park is open for visitors from the 15th of October to till 30th of June. As per the climate of Central part of India, the peak season for Bandhavgarh is during winters which is October to March.


At Bandhavgarh afternoon shift of Jeep Safari remain closed for visitors on Every Wednesday. Morning & Afternoon both the shift remain close on Holi festival (In the month of March) .

There are some necessary details which required for safari reservation:

  • Full Name of every visitor
  • Age & Gender Nationality
  • Any Identity proof details like Passport, Driving License, PAN Card or Voter I D Card.
  • Visitor is required to carry the same ID proof in original at the time of visiting the national park.

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