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A tiger safari in Bandhavgarh is probably the pinnicle for tiger lovers around the world, given the sheer reliability of sightings and the opportunity to see big tigers with big personalities. Some of the most famous photographers in the world have been coming to Bandhavgarh since the late 90's and have been privileged to follow legendary tigers such as Charger, Sita and their offspring; including the famous brothers B1, B2 and B3. A tiger tour in the Tala zone of Bandhavgarh takes you into a unique and very special part of the world; a park which at various times has enjoyed nearly double the density of tigers of any other tiger sanctuary.

Bandhavgarh is located in the Vindya Hills in the heart of Madhya Pradesh; with many visitors taking the overnight train from Delhi to Katni to reach this remote location. The terrain is truly spectacular with dense forests, open prey rich meadows and steep escarpments; one of which is topped by an old, crumbling fort. The diversity of scenery is matched by the wildlife, with regular sightings of tiger, leopard, mongoose, sloth bear and even dhole (Wild Dog). A tiger safari in Bandhavgarh is an intense experience, with your senses always alert for alarm calls to guide you to a stalking tiger.

Like many of the tiger reserves in India, Bandhavgarh was originally preserved as an exclusive hunting ground for the Maharaja of Rewa, who was the last person to occupy the fort. A tiger tour in Bandhavgarh can be a busy affair with many domestic and international visitors drawn to its rich heritage and charismatic tiger. However with the help of Wildlife Trails expert travel consultants, you can avoid the busiest times of year and enjoy a more relaxed and thorough tiger safari; guided by experts who are hand picked by the owners of Wildlife Trails.

As well as seeing tiger and other predators, you will enjoy sightings of chausingha (small four horned antelope), Chinkara, Nilgai and Barking Deer. Tehre is rich avian diversity with vver 150 bird species such as Paradise Fly Catchers, Golden and Black Headed Orioles, Purple Sunbirds and Red Vented Bulbuls. Since there are no large bodies of water, migrants are less than in Ranthambhore, there are many streams but few are permanent. So a tiger tour in Bandhavgarh can appeal to birders and mammal lovers alike and there are several other interesting parks nearby, such as Panna tiger sanctuary and Kanha tiger sanctuary which can be added on.

The number of accommodation options in Bandhavgarh has exploded in recent years and without better control of planning and building, there is a real danger that tourism will have a negative affect on wildlife populations. We encourage all lodges to omit walls from their designs and allow the free movement of wildlife through their grounds. If this is adhered to, then maybe future visitors will not have to wander far from their lodge to enjoy a tiger safari in India.







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