'Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the popular national parks in India located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968, with an area of 105 km2. The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals 437 km2. The park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which was said to be given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka (Ceylon). Hence the name Bandhavgarh (Sanskrit: Brother's Fort).
With the tiger at the apex of the food chain, it contains 37 species of mammals. According to forest officials, there are more than 250 species of birds, about 80 species of butterflies, a number of reptiles. But many people have the species' list of about 350 birds along with photographs. The richness and tranquility of grasslands invites pairs of Sarus cranes to breed in the rainy season.
One of the biggest attractions of this national park is the tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and its sightings. Bandhavgarh has a very high density of tigers within the folds of its jungles. The 105 km2 of park area open to tourists was reported to have 22 tigers, a density of one tiger for every 4.77 km2. (Population estimation exercise 2001). The population of tigers in the park in 2012 is about 44-49. There is a saying about the 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."
Bandhavgarh tiger reserve is densely populated with other species: the gaur, are now extinct or have migrated elsewhere; sambar and barking deer are a common sight, and nilgai are to be seen in the open areas of the park. There have been reports of the Indian wolf (canis lupus indica), striped hyena, and the caracal the latter being an open country dweller. The tiger reserve abounds with cheetal or the spotted deer (Axis axis) which is the main prey animal of the tiger and the Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca). The Indian Gaurs were reintroduced from Kanha.
Day 1: Leave for Jabalpur @ 14:25 by 12188 Garib Rath Express.
Day 2: Reach Jabalpur @ 6:00. Leave for Bandhavgarh. Reach Bandhavgarh. Check in. Post lunch go for safari in buffer zone.
Day 3: Morning and Evening Safaris.
Day 4: Morning safari in the park. Post lunch leave for Bhedaghat. Reach Bhedaghat and take a boat ride. Later leave for Jabalpur station. Board 12187 Garib Rath Express @ 19:30.
Day 5: Reach Mumbai @ 10:55. Tour ends.
Cost: Rs 19,500/- per person
· 3rd AC Railway travel from Mumbai to Jabalpur and back.
· Non AC road travel from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh and back.
· AC accommodation on triple share in Bandhavgarh.
· 4 rides in Bandhavgarh. Permits, Guide charges.
· Veg/Non Veg Food.
· Bhedaghat sightseeing and boatride.
· Personal expenses like cold drinks, mineral water etc.
· Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
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