In common with most national parks in India, Bandhavgarh is closed during the monsoon season from June- mid to October. Most visitors come Nov-Mar, when the landscape is green, the birdlife amazing and temperatures in the mid 20°C, but be prepared for cold mornings in Dec and Jan.
The summer season continues from end March to the end of June when temperature can go up to 44o c during May-June. By mid June, rainy season starts with light drizzle.
The average rainfall of Bandhavgarh National Park is 1175mm. Sometimes between the months of November and February rainfall takes place due to the effect of southern cyclones.
Winter season starts approaching from mid November and lasts till the end of February. During this period the weather compels the visitors to wear heavy layers of winter clothes as the mercury might go down to 20C. The open marshy hollows get covered with frost and the greenery looks impressive.
Wildlife Safari at the national park
For the convenience of visitors and management Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve has been divided into three tourism zones namely Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli. A visitor may opt for Jeep Safari or Elephant Safari.
Open Jeep Safari is the best way to explore the flora & fauna of Bandhavgarh National Park. In each Open Jeep 6 passengers are allowed to travel along with one naturalist and one driver. Limited Jeeps are permitted to enter inside the National Park in each shift. This has been done to avoid overcrowding inside the national Park. Therefore it is advisable to book safari rides in well advance to avoid any chance of unavailability.
The elephant safari in Bandhavgarh brings three major advantages- the foremost is you can get the opportunity to experience tiger tour in a detailed manner. The second one is that you can have a very safe tour while sitting on the back of this majestic creature and the third one is that you can enjoy elephant riding simultaneously with the tiger tour. The special safari can only be attained once the park management receives the written permission from the Field Director of Bandhavgarh. The safari guide will definitely be there to assist you.
You can book jeep safaris by logging on to https://forest.mponline.gov.in/
Go to the book now button. Choose the destination as Bandhavgarh National Park. You may choose ticket type as full vehicle permit or seat permit. Select the safari date. Bookings for every next day will be open at 11 A.M in the morning.
Or you can get in touch with us at Monsoon Forest. We will be happy to help you with safari bookings.
What information is required to book a safari?
There are some necessary details which required for safari reservation:
The park is divided into three zones; Tala, Khitauli and Magdhi. There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Common Langurs and Rhesus Macaque represent the primate group. Carnivores include the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard and Tiger. The artiodactyls frequently sighted are Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chinkara and Gaur. Mammals such as Dhole, the small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel and Lesser Bandicoot Rat are seen occasionally.
During the winter season beginning from November to February end necessary to carry warm clothing, jackets, gloves, mufflers etc as the morning open jeep safari drives can be freezing cold.
During the summer months – from April to June the weather is hot therefore loose light colored cotton clothing is recommended Light clothing is recommended for the months of October and March as the days tend to be warm.
Bright colors can disturb the animals therefore clothes should ideally be in muted jungle shades of beige, brown, green etc, preferably neutral and earthly colors.
You may also carry a shawl/stole while heading for the safari as the temperature inside the park is always lower as compared to outside.
Things to carry
Dos & Don’ts
General Information on the park
Bandhavgarh National Park consists of mixed vegetations ranging from tall grasslands to thick Sal forest and the varied topography provides numerous opportunities to spot the majestic Indian tiger, some rarely seen animals like leopard and sloth bear and variety of birds. Due to high wildlife sighting it is becoming popular amongst tourists visiting India.
Area: 1161 sq. kms.
Core Zone: 624 sq kms.
Buffer Zone: 537 sq. kms.
Longitude: 80 47’15” to 81 11′ 45 E
Latitude: 23 30′ 12 to 23 45′ 45 N
Altitude: 440 mts to 810 mts above sea level.
Nestled in the pristine setting of Bandhavgarh National Park, Monsoon Forest stands out as a distinguished wildlife sanctuary resort. It is beautifully encased within the Sal forested hills, sprawling over a 10 acre estate amidst jungle and open landscape. The resort is celebrated for its serene ambiance, ensured by its exclusive collection of 12 cottages, each designed to provide unparalleled privacy and a unique atmosphere.
Positioned just a brief ten-minute journey from the Tala entrance of Bandhavgarh National Park, Monsoon Forest serves as the perfect outpost for guests eager to embark on wildlife adventures and explore the rich biodiversity of the park.
At Monsoon Forest, guests can choose from an array of 12 cottages, including 6 classic cottage rooms and 6 elevated stilt cottages called ‘The Nests’.
Each cottage is equipped with contemporary en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioners, offering a blend of comfort and seclusion amidst nature.
Monsoon Forest is a beacon of eco-consciousness, located at the core of a wild expanse with 95% of its territory enveloped in forest. The resort’s construction was achieved without the removal of any trees, reflecting its deep commitment to conservation and sustainable living, all while providing swift access to the park’s various gates and ensuring an authentic wilderness experience. The people from the local communities manage and run the place.
The resort delights in serving a diverse menu that ranges from local specialties to international dishes, with the Baiga dishes being a signature offering that showcases the traditional flavors of the neighboring tribal communities. Monsoon Forest takes pride in its farm-to-table approach, utilizing homegrown herbs and vegetables to craft fresh, nutritious meals. Ask us for private outdoor dining.
Monsoon Forest invites guests to immerse themselves in a range of exclusive activities, including jungle safaris, guided nature walks with expert naturalists, and enriching cultural exchanges with local tribes. These experiences are designed to deepen guests’ connection with the natural and cultural heritage of Bandhavgarh. Take a dip in the swimming pool set amidst the bird-rich area. Or ask us for a private bar-be-cue meal.
Monsoon Forest offers its guests meaningful opportunities to contribute to community welfare and conservation projects through volunteer programs. This involvement not only enhances the guest experience but also fosters a greater appreciation for the resort’s dedication to environmental stewardship and community support.
Copyright © 2023 Monsoon Forest