The home of beautiful landscapes, tigers, birds and much more!
About Bandhavgarh National Park :
The lush forests of bamboo and Sal will welcome you into nature’s lap as you enter Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is one of the very famous national parks in Central India. The beauty of Bandhavgarh leaves every nature lover spellbound especially because of the serene combination of dense forest, bamboo islands, evergreen grasslands and couple of ancient caves all nestled on the backdrop of Bandhavgarh fort – an archaeological heritage which gives the national park its name. Bandhav means Brother and Garh means Fort. Its a popular folk tale that this fort was gifted to brother Laxmana by Lord Rama during Ramayanas.
Although Bandhavgarh is a relatively small park in the last few years this former game reserve has become one of India’s most prominent National Parks. The total area of the park is 1161 sq.km, with core area of 624 sq.km and buffer of 537 sq.km. It was declared as a National park in 1968. The forest of Bandhavgarh is considered as dry deciduous type and is rich in its flora and fauna. It shelter high density of tigers and leopards along with more than 230 species of birds and other animals.
SHORT INFO & DATES
Outing Dates :
Batch 1 : 22nd-25th November 2019
Batch 2 : 6th-9th March 2020
Batch 3 : 12th – 15th June 2020
Type : Wildlife Safari Tour
Duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days
Train Suggestions :
21st November 2019 – Mumbai-Jabalpur by Garibrath Express (Train No. 12188) : 13.30-5.30
25th November 2019 – Jabalpur-Mumbai by Garibrath Express (Train No. 12187) : 19.45 – 12.15
By Flight :
Reach before 5 am on 22nd November 2019 or a day prior to Jabalpur and stay over
For return journey book a flight post 8 pm on 25th November 2019 or stay over and take flight on next day.
Day 0 :
Leave for Jabalpur, Overnight Journey in train.
Day 1 :
Drive to Bandhavgarh Resort. Check in, freshen up and lunch. Ice-breaking session and introduction about Bandhavgarh national park. After lunch leave for our first Jungle Safari. Explore the amazing landscape, track some wild cats. Evening back to resort. Discussion, dinner and then rest.
Day 2 :
Early morning, leave for second jungle safari. If lucky spot some tigers and enjoy the winter forest. Return to the resort for breakfast. Rest and post lunch leave for our third jungle safari. Evening back to resort. Dinner. Post dinner experience sharing session and rest.
Day 3 :
Early morning leave for 04th jungle safari. Explore the forest and spot more wildlife! Return to the resort. Have Lunch and leave for our 5th Wildlife safari. Return to the resort freshen up and have tea. Meet for dinner by 8.30 pm. Post dinner experience sharing session and rest.
Day 4 :
Early Morning leave for our last wildlife safari and for the last time in the forest track some cats around and enjoy being in wild. Return and checkout by lunch. Leave for respective destination with some cherishing wildlife memories.
Tour concludes with Happy Memories 🙂
1. Tiger sighting is matter of luck, so enjoy the forest with other mammals and birds.
2. Pricing might increase at last minute if there is any changes made in Fee structure by Forest department.
Tour Price : Rs. 25,000/- + Tax as applicable (For 3 people in Gypsy row)
Tour Price : Rs. 30,000/- + Tax as applicable (For 2 people in Gypsy row)
For Lifetime members : Rs.500/- discount per member
For Lifetime Membership Details (Rs.1000/- only) , click here
Note : The above mentioned rates are dynamic and they may change post 1st October 2019
1. Accommodation in Resort on Twin Sharing Basis in AC Room- Aranyak Resort or equivalent
2. All Meals –Day 1 Breakfast to Day 4 Lunch
3. Transfers from Jabalpur to Resort & back
4. 06 open Gypsy Safaris in Core Zone
5. On field Wildlife Photography Expertise
6. All forest fees, permits, tolls
1. Transfer from Hometown till Jabalpur.
2. Meals during the train/flight journey
3. Lens/Camera charges
4. Any personal orders, laundry, phone calls.
5. Any porter charges, tips and gratitude.
6. Anything other than mentioned above
7. Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities or sudden changes in forest fees, permits etc.
8. Government Service Tax as applicable.
Note**Accommodation on twin sharing available on request. (Nominal charges to be paid by participant as applicable)
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
This is a non-refundable tour. There will be no carry forward or refund in case of cancellation.
THINGS TO CARRY
ID Card Compulsory (Aadhar/ Pancard/DL)
1. Dull Colored Clothes (Please don’t wear Bright colored Clothes, TRY TO GET AS CAMOUFLAGED AS POSSIBLE)
2. Sanitary Kit
3. Dry Food (snacks)
4. Torch (Must)
5. Personal First Aid kit
6. Cap, goggle, sunscreen, moisturizer etc.
7. Sport shoes or Kitos/ sandal
8. Electral powder / Glucon D
9. Binocular/Camera with lenses (Optional)
10. Water Bottle (3 liter must)
11. Odomos (Mosquito Repellent)
12. Tripod will be helpful to avoid shake as there will be low light
13. Umbrella or Poncho/Cap
FAQ’s For WILDLIFE SAFARI:
1. How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
– All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy (Unless otherwise mentioned particularly regarding 4 or 3 sharing)
2. Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis?
– Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.
3. What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
– A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.
4. Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
– Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from wildlife when travellers are siting inside the vehicle. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.
5. What are the safari timings?
– Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
Approximately the timings are:
Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm
6. What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
– A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.
7. What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
– The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.
8. What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
– Tiger sightings are dependent on tracking skills,knowledge of the forest along with luck & chance. Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings. But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! This has resulted in extremely successful tiger sighting ratio for us compared to others. We also focus on overall biodiversity and hence we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!
9. Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
– The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date and this is governed by forest department. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that are allowed to enter each gate during every safari session. Hence securing your safari booking before others grab it is very crucial and needs to be done at the earliest.
10. What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
– Though we are taking you to wilderness places away from luxury, we have ensured that you will get at least all the required basic comforts during the tour. Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely. All resorts are equipped with all amenities like comfortable bedding, hot/cold water, western toiletries, A/C facilities, laundry on request, doctor on call, mineral water, generator backup etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style. Jain food provision, Wifi connection and Television is also available at most of the places.
11. What are the camera charges for safaris?
– Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers who are carrying high-end cameras with telephoto lenses or video cameras for photography and videography. Rules are different for different forests. Eg: In Tadoba : A camera with lens of 250 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.
12. I am not a professional photographer or frequent wildlifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
– Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in especially when India has such a rich biodiversity and Tiger is our national animal.
13. What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
– All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty. Our experts also help the participants with guidance and tips for wildlife photography.
14. What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
– The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.
Some Do’s :
* Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
* Always carry original identity proof.
* Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
* Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
* Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
* Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
* Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
* Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
* Do follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
* Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
* For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.
Some Don’ts :
* Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
* Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
* Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
* Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
* Never feed any animals.
* Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
* No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
* Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.
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