Kanha Bandhvagarh and Pench Tour – Kanha, Bandhvagarh and Pench have been synonymous with multiple conservation tales over decades. While Bandhavgarh was solely responsible for introducing Wildlife Tourism and in particular Tiger Tourism in the country, it was Kanha that helped it’s sister parks recover from vanishing populations of Tigers, Barasinghas, the Indian Gaur and more. Read through why a renaissance in Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench is crucial in understanding the real journey of Indian Wildlife.

 

View our most toured Tiger Safari India Tour Package –  The Just Tigers Tour: A Tiger Safari Tour in Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench National Park, clubbed with India’s famous Golden Triangle. 

 

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Kanha – All you need to know:

The first national park on the Kanha Bandhavgarh and Pench Tour

A magnificent 772 sq. miles (2000 sq. km) of thick Sal Forest, Kanha National Park is set in the eastern part of the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh. This beautiful landscape inspired Nobel Prize Laureate, Sir Rudyard Kipling to write the Jungle Book. Home to the biggest Tigers in India, experts predict, that if the Tiger faced extinction, Kanha will be among the last strong footholds for their survival. With a special bond with its sister parks, Kanha has helped them manage wildlife crises and flourish with species that were on the brink of extinction.

 

How to get there?

Kanha National Park can be reached via:

Air: Kanha is a jungle, naturally not having an air strip. However, it is well connected to cities in Madhya Pradesh, that do. Jabalpur – 200 kms, Nagpur – 275 kms and Raipur – 210 kms from the park, are all well connected by air with major cities in the country, i.e. New Delhi and Mumbai.

Train: Reaching Kanha by Train is simple too. Trains to Gondia Railway Station – 145 km and Jabalpur Railway Station – 160 km from the park, run from major cities in the country, like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc. One can drive to Kanha post this point.

Road: Kanha is connected to major towns in Madhya Pradesh, that can be travelled to by air or by train.

  • Jabalpur: At a mere distance of 160 kms, Jabalpur is just a 04 hour drive from the Park.
  • Raipur: At a mere distance of 250 kms, Raipur is just a 05 hour drive from the Park.
  • Nagpur: At a mere distance of 300 kms, Nagpur is just a 06-07 hour drive from the Park.

 

    Flora and Fauna

    While the Royal Bengal Tiger continues to be a major attraction in all of Madhya Pradesh’s wildlife reserves, true explorers know to look beyond just the tigers and also enjoy the other unique fauna that coexists with these apex predators.

    Here’s a brief look at some of the most commonly spotted wildlife in Kanha National Park:

    Hard Ground Swamp Deer: Once an endangered species, the hard ground swamp deer is thriving today thanks to conservation efforts, and is the only deer species that can be found exclusively at Kanha.

    Indian Wild Dog: This furry critter can be spotted across most of North-Eastern and Southern Asia. In fact, Kanha is one of 10 national reserves in the world where the wild dog is most commonly found, roaming around in packs.

    Reptiles: There is no shortage of creepy crawlies in Kanha. You’d find the likes of a monitor lizard, garden lizard, chameleon and even flying lizards here. Snakes are common, with the largest being the Indian Rock Python and the most venomous being cobras and vipers.

    Insects: The caretaking role of the forest falls to the butterflies, spiders, caterpillars and termites. Though small in scale, they play a key role in maintaining the life cycle of the forest. 

    Birds: If you’re a morning person, Kanha’s avifauna will greet you in the most pleasant of ways. You will hear the distinct calls of the Rufous Tree Pie, Coppersmith Barbet, Cuckoo, and many more.

    Endangered bird species like the Floricans and Adjutant Storks can also be found in season, so keep your binoculars handy.

     

    Accommodations at Kanha

    While on our Kanha Bandhavgarh and Pench tour, you can chose to stay in some of the most boutique lodges. Their inventory is small, but their service is highly personalized. The Demand for boutique hotels has also risen post COVID-19. This is primarily because you are interacting with far lesser people, in a lot of open space surrounded by greens, thereby maintaining social distancing norms. You can find a detailed list of the best accommodations (luxury and otherwise) at Kanha National Park here:

    Singinawa Jungle Lodge: Nestled within a sprawling forest land of 100 acres adjoining the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the Singinawa Jungle Lodge is an ensemble of ecologically responsible tourism and the spirit of Kanha region. A world class luxury resort, the Lodge has 12 private cottages with the perfect blend of palatial accommodation, luxurious amenities and exemplary services.

     

    Banjaar Tola: This safari lodge is situated along the banks of the Banjaar River overlooking the heart of Kanha National Park. Two intimate camps of nine tents each are built on the banks of the still river overlooking the national park. Each elegant camp boasts its own pool with outdoor as well as indoor lounge options and interactive dining areas.

     

    Chitvan Jungle Lodge: Chitvan is a jungle resort, situated near Mukki gate of Kanha National Park. Accommodation that include tastefully done up suites, with a view of the forest while relaxing in your bed, with mini bar, open terrace, and an open shower, restaurant, al fresco dining, facilities include spa and a swimming pool.

     

    Now that you’ve got a clear idea on where to stay when at Kanha National Park, do let us know how the overall experience was once you’ve completed your Tiger Safari in Kanha with us!

    Tiger Safari Tours in Kanha:

    1. Kanha and Bandhavgarh Safari Tour
    2. Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Corbett Tour
    3. Satpura, Kanha and Pench Tour

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    Bandhavgarh – All you need to know:

    The second national park on the Kanha Bandhavgarh and Pench Tour

    Bandhavgarh National Park is rightfully called the Land of the Tiger. A famous hunting reserve for the Maharajas who ruled these lands, this area has to this day been preserved for shooting wildlife – with cameras. Come take a Tiger Safari in India with us at Bandhavgarh National Park. An almost isolated park, Bandhavgarh has very few migration routes for dispersed male tigers looking to find a home for themselves, hence, along with suitable habitat and prey-base, it has retained a high density of tigers. Around 60 or so wild tigers are in this area. It is often said that it is the best place to see tigers in the wild in the world.

    How to get there?

    Bandhavgarh National Park can be reached via:

    Air: Bandhavgarh is a jungle, naturally not having an air strip. However, it is well connected to cities in Madhya Pradesh, that do. Jabalpur, approximately 200 kms from the park, is well connected by air with major cities in the country, i.e. New Delhi and Mumbai.

    Train: Reaching Bandhavgarh by Train is simple too. Trains to Umaria (37 kms), Katni (100 kms) and Jabalpur (180 kms) Railway Station, run from major cities in the country, like Mumbai, New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Mathura, Gwalior, Bhopal, Sawai Madhopur, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai etc. One can drive to Bandhavgarh post this point.

    Road: Bandhavgarh is connected to major towns in Madhya Pradesh, that can be travelled to by air or by train.

    • Umaria: At a mere distance of 37 kms, Umaria is just a 45 minute drive from the Park.
    • Jabalpur:  At a mere distance of 190 kms, Jalbalpur is just a 04 hour drive from the Park.
    • Katni: At a mere distance of 100 kms, Katni is just a 02 hour drive from the Park.

    Flora and Fauna

    Hunting grounds for the Maharajas of Rewa in the past, Bandhavgarh is set in a glistening 168 sq. miles (437 sq. km). Its fame is owed to one of the most enchanting Tigresses, Sita, and the most aggressive Tiger, Charger. Every wild Tiger has a short life span for which it remains dominant in the park; though Charger, was something different. He lived an unusually long life and ousted every male Tiger who tried to take over the reins in Bandhavgarh. However, it was only a matter of time when his age gave in.

    Two other Tigers B1 and B2, cousins to each other, tried to ambush his territory as he grew older and the latter succeeded. B1 died an uncertain death while B2 ruled as King for the next few years. He became the poster boy for Indian wildlife and put Bandhavgarh on a pedestal for wildlife tourism in India. BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, and even Icon Films could not resist but share the stories of these true legends. Their anecdotes continue to resonate with the park’s silence.

    Even though Bandhavgarh’s story began with Tigers, today, it flourishes with an abundance of wildlife, such as:

    Hard Ground Swamp Deer: Once an endangered species, the hard ground swamp deer is thriving today thanks to conservation efforts, and is the only deer species that can be found exclusively at Bandhavgarh

    Indian Bison: The gaur also known as the Indian bison, is a bovine native to South and Southeast Asia, and has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List since 1986.It is the largest species among the wild cattle and the bovidae.

    Axis Deer: This is a species of deer that is native to the Indian subcontinent. The chital is a moderately sized deer. Males reach nearly 90 cm and females 70 cm at the shoulder; the head-and-body length is around 1.7 m.

    Grey Langur: Also called Hanuman Langurs or Hanuman Monkeys, they are old word native to the Indian sub-continent. Grey Langur are fairly terrestrial, inhabiting forest over lightly wooded habitats, and urban areas.

    Reptiles: There is no shortage of creepy crawlies in Bandhavgarh. You’d find the likes of a monitor lizard, garden lizard, chameleon and even flying lizards here. Snakes are common, with the largest being the Indian Rock Python and the most venomous being cobras and vipers.

    Insects: The caretaking role of the forest falls to the butterflies, spiders, caterpillars and termites. Though small in scale, they play a key role in maintaining the life cycle of the forest. 

     

    Accommodations at Bandhavgarh

    While on our Kanha Bandhavgarh and Pench tour, you can chose to stay in some of the most boutique lodges. Their inventory is small, but their service is highly personalized. The Demand for boutique hotels has also risen post COVID-19. This is primarily because you are interacting with far lesser people, in a lot of open space surrounded by greens, thereby maintaining social distancing norms. You can find a detailed list of the best accommodations (luxury and otherwise) at Bandhavgarh National Park here:

    Taj Mahua Kothi: Mahua Kothi or homestead is named after the Mahua tree which is prized and revered in the region. Our jungle safari resort in Bandhavgarh National Park has 12 standalone luxury cottages blend into a 45 acre private forest on the periphery of the national park.

     

    Tree House Hideaway: On and among the trees in the five tree houses, there is a route to hide away of fantasies. In the 21 acres’ area of land lies an option of experiencing the snug life inside the rooms or venture out in the tiger-infested wild. The property has its resident species of birds, reptiles and animals residing around the forest trees and over time the area has now become a small secure park.

     

    Tiger Den Bandhavgarh: Situated on the fringes of a local village “Tala” the Tiger’s Den Resort offers you a location advantage, which no other resort does – You can walk some distance to view a day in the life of an Indian village, where the pace of life is still measured by the rhythm of the seasons. The resort has 34 elegantly appointed Deluxe and luxury cottages rooms.

     

    Bandhav Vilas: Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya Hills & the natural beauty of the wilds, Bandhav Vilas is the luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. The perfect base from which to explore the territory of the majestic tiger. The resort setting is picturesque with a dramatic watercourse and sun kissed private sit outs & decks.

     

    Now that you’ve got a clear idea on where to stay when at Bandhavgarh National Park, do let us know how the overall experience was once you’ve completed your Tiger Safari in Bandhavgarh with us!

    Tiger Safari Tours in Bandhavgarh:

    1. Just Tigers and Taj Mahal Tour
    2. Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Kaziranga Tour
    3. Tiger, Taj and Temple Tour

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    Pench – All you need to know:

    The third and last national park on the Kanha Bandhavgarh and Pench Tour

    Pench National Park, a teak forest, located in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, is named after the river Pench which divides the park into two. This park shot into prominence with an increase in wildlife tourism in the year 2002. However, it was even before tourism began, that the park was discovered by Rudyard Kipling and penned as a memoir forever with his famous “Jungle Book”. Still, home to the ferocious Sher Khan and cuddly Baloo, Pench resonates with the whispers of our favorite bedtime story.

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    How to get there?

    Pench National Park can be reached via:

    Air: Pench is a jungle, naturally not having an air strip. However, it is well connected to cities in Madhya Pradesh, that do. Nagpur – 100 kms and Jabalpur – 200 kms from the park, are well connected by air with major cities in the country, i.e. New Delhi and Mumbai.

    Train: Reaching Pench by Train is simple too. Trains to Nagpur Railway Station – 100 km and Jabalpur Railway Station – 190 km from the park, run from major cities in the country, like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc. One can drive to Pench National Park post this point.

    Road: Pench is connected to major towns in Madhya Pradesh, that can be travelled to by air or by train.

    • Nagpur: At a mere distance of 100 kms, Nagour is just a 02 hour drive from the Park.
    • Jabalpur: At a mere distance of 200 kms, Jabalpur is just a 04-04.5 hour drive from the Park.

    Flora and Fauna

    Primarily a teak forest, this park is an amalgamation of four different hill ranges. Pench National park also forms a healthy corridor with Kanha National Park. In fact, there have been records of Tigers moving from Kanha to Pench, which is about 200kms. It is also home to another big cat, the elusive Leopard. Sloth Bears, Indian Gaur, Wild Dogs, Sambars, Langurs, and over 300 species of birds also call Pench their home.

    Accommodations at Pench

    While on our Kanha Bandhavgarh and Pench tour, you can chose to stay in some of the most boutique lodges. Their inventory is small, but their service is highly personalized. The Demand for boutique hotels has also risen post COVID-19. This is primarily because you are interacting with far lesser people, in a lot of open space surrounded by greens, thereby maintaining social distancing norms. You can find a detailed list of the best accommodations (luxury and otherwise) at Pench National Park here:

    Taj Baghvan: These 12 charming stand alone bungalows are built alongside a picturesque ‘nullah’ (dry riverbed), that demarcates the lodge premises from the national park. Each bungalow at the safari resort in Pench National Park comes with its own rooftop machan, indoor and outdoor shower areas and a private sit-out surrounded by the woods.

     

    Jamtara Wilderness Lodge: Jamtara Wilderness Lodge is a 12 luxury tented property in the heart of rural Pench. Surrounded by tall Arjuna Trees and an ancient Banyan rooted on a dry riverbed, each tented room overlooks the forest which set the perfect background to this jungle experience. Each luxury tent is designed to feel light and open, allowing guests the optimum view of nature.

     

    Now that you’ve got a clear idea on where to stay when at Pench National Park, do let us know how the overall experience was once you’ve completed your Tiger Safari in Pench with us!

    Tiger Safari Tours in Pench:

    1. Tadoba and Pench Tiger Safari Tour
    2. Satpura, Kanha and Pench Tour
    3. Just Tigers: Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench Tour

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    Born and brought up in New Delhi, it was Sharad’s childhood passion to play cricket for India. While on a holiday in 1990, he saw his first tiger. Little did he know that this one sighting would immerse him into a realm where forests and tigers were all that mattered. Sharad’s experiences as a wildlife photographer have inspired him to observe the tiger’s behavior for over 30 years and motivated him on his own journey as an entrepreneur. He started Nature Safari India Pvt Ltd, with a focus on “Conservation through Tourism.” to align himself to the mission of saving the regal species and repopulating them in India’s forests. In 2006, he set up one of India’s premier jungle lodges in Kanha National Park. Sharad believes that there are many lessons to be learned from a tiger that can be applied successfully to leadership—both in business and in life. Here's a new book by Sharad Vats on management and leadership skills to learn from a Tiger. Buy now on Amazon

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