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Bandhavgarh National Park was formerly a royal hunting reserve of the princely state of Rewe, where the first white tiger was found in the wild. It has the highest known density of Bengal tigers in India.

Situated in 450 square kilometres of mixed forest, the park lies in a remote part of Madhya Pradesh in central India. In addition to its famous tiger population, estimated at 63 individuals by the 2006 official census, Bandhavgarh is home to many other mammals and birds.

Local guides accompany tiger safaris in jeeps that are free to follow their own route around the park, using pugmarks and alarm calls as indicators of nearby predators.

Although spotting a tiger in the wild is undoubtedly the park’s key attraction, Bandhavgarh is also home to more than 22 species of mammals, such as chital, sambar, chinkara, chowsingha (four-horned antelope), wild boar, leopard and dhole. The abundant birdlife of more than 275 species includes hornbills, orioles, parakeets, peacocks and eagles.

Bandhavgarh is six hours by road from Kanha or Khajaraho, and there are overnight trains from Delhi/Agra to Umaria Station which lies one hour away by road (transfer times depend on road conditions). The park is closed during the breeding season, which coincides with the monsoon (July – mid October).

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: chital, leopard, sloth bear, tiger, white-breasted kingfisher
  • Where: Madhya Pradesh State, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Tiger, Tiger

Our most popular tailor-made itinerary in the subcontinent visits India’s finest national parks and offers the best opportunity to see tigers. Combining the lesser-known wildlife sanctuary of Pench with some of India’s best tiger viewing at Kanha, the trip culminates with a visit to the iconic and majestic Taj Mahal.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Tigers in Luxury

Experience India’s natural jewels of Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench. These prolific parks and tiger reserves have the most exquisite properties, offering a personal and exclusive service, and vehicle safaris provide you with exciting encounters with some of the finest wildlife to be found in the country.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Tigers Trails & Wildlife Photography

Visiting two of India’s premier tiger reserves, Bandhavgarh and Kanha, with award-winning wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, our small group tour offers the opportunity to view and photograph India’s most iconic big cat – the majestic tiger - along with a variety of other diverse wildlife.

  • When to go: Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,595 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Ultimate Tiger Safari

Our relaxed two-centre group tour focuses on India’s most iconic mammal – the magnificent Bengal tiger. We spend time in two national parks, offering the best chance of sighting tigers: Bandhavgarh, which reputedly has the highest density of tigers in India, and then the beautiful reserve of Kanha.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

King’s Lodge

This comfortable lodge stands in an eight hectare private estate in the village of Rancha, just ten minutes' drive from Bandhavgarh’s Tala gate. There are 18 cottage rooms, each with en suite bathroom, air conditioning and a large verandah with views of the forest, and the lodge has a team of experienced naturalists.

Mahua Kothi

This exquisite lodge, located a short drive from the entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park, is one of India’s most luxurious wildlife properties, offering twice daily safaris into the Park. The 12 charming rustic kutiyas (luxury jungle village cottages) are built in the vernacular style of Madhya Pradesh state.

Skay’s Camp

Skay’s Camp is a simple yet comfortable property located within old Tala village, close to the tiger reserve of Bandhavgarh. Hosted by Satyendra, an expert tiger tracker, and his wife Kay, a wildlife artist, Skay’s Camp is the ideal place not only to look for tigers of Bandhavgarh but also learn about them.

Tree House Hideaway

Set in grounds of over 8 hectares, on the border of Bandhavgarh National Park, is the aptly named Tree House Hideaway. This intimate lodge has five rustic, elegantly-furnished treetop rooms, and a communal dining area encircling a large mahua tree, immersing guests into the surrounding nature.