Northeast of Jabalpur and west of Umaria, the Bandhavgarh National Park is known for hiking and trekking in the India state of Madhya Pradesh. It is a 448 square kilometer national park known for bears, leopards and tigers. The park was a former hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa. The landscape is a unique mixture of steep and rocky hills, with flat tops and level grasslands in the valleys below. The vegetation found within the Park is moist deciduous forest with fine Sal trees and stretches of bamboo.
The nearest railway stations near Bandhavgarh are Jabalpur(164 km), Katni(102 km)on the Central Railway and Umaria (35 km) on the South Eastern Railway.
If you plan to fly, the most convenient route to Bandhavgarh is by air to Khajuraho from where it is a five-hour drive ( 237 km ).
Bandhavgarh National Park is situated on the Satna-Umaria & Rewa-Umaria highway. Madhya Pradesh State Transport Bus Services are available from Rewa, Satna, Katni and Umaria. Another option is to hire cars from Katni, Umaria, Satna or Bilaspur and hit the bumpy road. The road trip from Khajuraho to Bandhavgarh is an interesting one which passes through the Ken river, a crocodile sanctuary. It then moves on to the diamond mining industry of Panna and Satna before branching off on a subsidiary road across the ridges of Vindhyachal to Bandhavgarh.
The park has four main entrances, Panpatha in the north, Tala in the east (most of the hotels are located here), Dhamokar in the south-west and Khitauli in the west. Two roads, Umaria-Rewa highway and Parasi-Katni road via Khitauli pass through the park.
Note: The Bandhavgarh National Park is closed from July to October.
Note: In any national park known to have lions or tigers, hikers need to exercise extreme caution. It is highly recommended to us a park-approved guide prior to hiking or trekking in these regions.
Overall, Bandhavgarh National Park is the 12th most popular hiking trail of all 42 hikes in India.