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Bandhavgarh experiences pleasant climatic conditions throughout the year. Summers, extending from March to May, happen to be extremely dry with the scorching heat of the sun. The average maximum temperature during this season is more than 45°C. In some cases, the temperature may exceed the 48°C mark. Tourists tend to avoid summer. The season of monsoon begins in the month of June and lasts till November. Heavy rainfall occurs during this period and the region thrives with fresh greenery. Winter season continues from December to February. The climate remains cool and pleasant. The best time to visit the city of Bandhavgarh is from the month of October to April.

How To Reach

By Road:

Buses owned by the state connect the city of Bandhavgarh with other important cities in the region. Tourists can avail bus service from Gwalior and Umaria.

By Air:

The nearest airport to the city of Bandhavgarh is Jabalpur, located at a distance of almost 200 km away. The airport in Jabalpur is connected to major cities in India like Bhopal and Delhi. Taxi cabs are available from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh. International tourists need to avail flights from Delhi International Airport.

By Rail:

The railhead closest to Bandhavgarh is Umaria, situated almost 32 km away from the centre of the city. Taxi cabs convey tourists from Umaria to Bandhavgarh. Umaria is located in the broad gauge link and remains connected to most of the important railway junctions such as Delhi, Bhopal, Agra and Vishakhapatnam.


Bandhavgarh occupies a prominent spot in the tourist map of India, mainly because of the Bandhavgarh National Park and Bandhavgarh Fort. One of the major cities in the Umaria district of the state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is situated between the eastern region of the Satpura Mountain Ranges and the hilly areas of the Vindhyas.  The name of this renowned picnic spot denotes “brother’s fort”, a combination of the words “bandhav” meaning “brother” and “garh” meaning “fort”. The root of the name can be traced back to an epic legend of Lord Rama and his younger brother, Laxmana.


The Maharajas of Rewa considered the forests surrounding the Bandhavgarh area to be their personal hunting grounds. Known as the Shikargarh of the family of the Maharajas, the King of Rewa is believed to have hunted 109 tigers from the forest during his reign.


The rivers, Son and Johilla flow on the eastern side of the city while the River Umrar charts its course through the western areas. These rivers are responsible for making the hilly and plain regions of Bandhavgarh extremely fertile, offering support to the growth of natural vegetation.


The region of Bandhavgarh serves as the natural habitat of several wild animals, the highlight of the forests being the royal tigers. This region is largely unspoiled and unexplored, devoid of the invasion of hunters and poachers. Wild animals and birds thrive in the area. The forests of Bandhavgarh are mixed deciduous with lush greenery. Dense green grasslands and foliage make the area ideal for different species of insects, birds and large herbivores. Several anthropologists tend to visit Bandhavgarh in order to catalogue the variety of insect species found in the forest region.


The fascinating beauty of nature, the pristine environment and the undulating hilly areas make Bandhavgarh a much sought-after tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh. Urbanization has begun in the town of Bandhavgarh with the construction of several new resorts and buildings. The gentle breeze from the adjoining hills and the peaceful and serene ambiance draws large number of tourists to Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh is an ideal site for visitors interested in the concept of eco-tourism.