Wildlife in bandhavgarh

Wildlife of Bandhavgarh

Incredible Wildlife Of Bandhavgarh National Park

Welcome to the Land of unmatched Wilderness.

The wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park comprises a food chain dominated by the apex predator – the tiger. And why not?

The park boasts the highest density of the big cat – the Royal Bengal Tiger in the world. Bandhavgarh wildlife though ain’t just about the striped cat; sloth bears, leopards, and 300 species of migratory and resident birds.

Once known for the rare white tiger, Bandhavgarh may be the comparatively smallest Indian National Park but has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tiger with 80-90 tigers from different generations of Sita and Charger. As a result, you are considered unlucky if you see one tiger as per a local proverb.


  • Species Of Mammals – 22 Species
  • Species Of Birds – 250 Species

Situated in the Vindhyachal Ranges, the geographical location of this dry deciduous forest assists the mammals, floral and birds at this natural habitat. Post-1993, the tiger population in the park has shown a drastic increase, majorly due to inclusion in the Project tiger scheme.

Furthermore, 22 species of mammals namely common langurs and rhesus macaque, spotted deer, wild pigs, sambar, nilgai, chausingha, chinkara, gaur, dhole, palm squirrel, small Indian civet and lesser bandicoot rat, Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, ratel, sloth bear, grey mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard and the royal Bengal tiger. Simultaneously, close to 300 species of resident and migratory birds have been seen.


The best way to explore this jungle in the central Indian highland is through a jeep safari on a 4×4 vehicle. Also, the services of a forest guide are provided by the forest department as compulsory additional charges. 

These forest guides are from local areas and have been brought up viewing the wildlife of Bandhavgarh. Hence the charges of safari permit, union safari vehicle, and forest guide charges are some compulsory charges.

 It is advisable to avail services of an English-speaking naturalist also to enhance the Bandhavgarh wildlife viewing experience. The same can be booked while confirming the tour package.

Wildlife Viewing by Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh

Jeep Safari: Morning Safari And Afternoon Safari Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh is provided in two slots – morning which is sunrise to 10 am and evening which is 3 pm to sunset. Safari permit is available online to members registered with the forest department.

A safari permit needs a few other charges to be paid before guests are allowed to begin their safari like the safari permit charges, jeep rental charges, and forest guide charges. Availing the services of a good English-speaking naturalist is recommended though not compulsory.

Wildlife Viewing by Elephant Safari in Bandhavgarh

Elephant Safari – Morning Mostly available in the morning and can be availed by paying an extra per person charge. These elephants are boarded at a specific point assigned by the tiger tracking staff of the Bandhavgarh forest department. The tiger trackers use these elephants every morning to guide forest officials about specific movement studies of tigers in the national park. Reports generated by these tiger trackers are studied by wildlife throughout the world. Tiger tracking is a skill attained by years of living in the jungle and studying the flora & fauna. Central Indian Tiger Reserves have started Elephant bathing and interactive sessions in addition to the jeep safari. Kanha has had a whole safari season of operationality. The rest of the reserves will follow soon.


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