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Kanha & Bandhavgarh

 
March 2009

Kanha Bandhavgarh Route Map Information 

 

Kanha

Location

Kanha is located in south eastern Madhya Pradesh(India) and is approximately 2000 square Km large. There are two entrances to the forest – Mukki and Kisli. These two gates are approximately 35Km apart.

Going there

Kanha is accessible by rail and air.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations are Jabalpur and Gondia. Jabalpur is well connected from all major cities. Gondia is on the Kolkata-Mumbai (via Nagpur) rail route.

  • Distance between Jabalpur to Kanha is 160 Km and takes around 4 hours. MPT runs bus service from Jabalpur to Kanha once daily. Private taxis are also available on hire from Jabalpur station.
  • Distance between Gondia to Kanha is 130 Km and takes slightly more than 3 hours. This is not commonly used by the visitors, so there are no standard charges for transport to Kanha. Private taxis are available outside the station that will charge between Rs 1800 – 2400. The other option is to take a share taxi to Balaghat and avail onward transport from Balaghat.

By Air

The nearest airport is Jabalpur. Private taxis are available from Jabalpur to Kanha.

Places to stay

Kisli: Baghira Log Huts run by MPT is the only place to stay inside the forest. 3.5 Km from the Khatia gate – it is situated in a clearing near the boundary of the forest. There are a number of other accommodations available outside the Khatia gate.
Mukki: MPT manages a property at Mukki outside the forest boundary. Other private accommodations are also available.

Online booking for accommodations run by MPT can be done from their regional offices or online from their website.

Jungle Safari

Timing

There are two safaris daily. Safari timings depend on the season.

  • 1 November-I5 February: Sunrise to 11 AM. 3 P.M. to sunset
  • 16 February-30 April: Sunrise to 11 AM. 4 P.M. to sunset
  • 1 May-30 June: Sunrise to 10 AM. 5 P.M. to sunset

Check here for any change in safari timings.

Cost

Each Safari costs Rs. 1730 – Rs 530 for permit, Rs 150 for guide, Rs 1050 for jeep. Six persons in a jeep – so wherever possible, people share.

The Tiger Show

Every morning, elephants are used to track the location of the tigers. This depends on the skill of the mahauts in locating the tigers by their pugmarks. Once located, all the elephants gather and the central office is informed. Tourists can then ride the elephant to view the tiger.
Charge: Rs 100 for each viewing.

Season

The park is closed from July to October – because of rains and also the breeding season of the animals. Any other time is fine, but the hotter it is, the better is the possibility of viewing wild life. It is normally very cold in the early mornings – so even in summer a light jacket is required at the beginning of the morning safari.

More Information

https://mponline.gov.in/portal/Services/Forest/FinalForest/kanha.html
http://www.kanhanationalpark.com
http://www.mptourism.com/dest/kanha.html

Bandhavgarh

Location

Bandhavgarh is located in eastern Madhya Pradesh(India) and is approximately 500 square Km large.

Going there

Bandhavgarh is accessible by rail and air.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations are Satna, Katni and Umaria. Umaria is the nearest station – 35 Km from Tala, the entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park. It can also be reached from Katni (97 Km) and Satna (120 Km).

By Air

The nearest airport is Jabalpur(160 Km). It can also be reached from Khajuraho airport (232 Km).

Places to stay

White Tiger Forest Lodge is managed by MPT and is located near the Tala gate.
There are a number of other accommodations available outside the Tala gate.

Online booking for accommodations run by MPT can be done from their site. Bookings can also be done from any of their regional offices.

Jungle Safari

Booking

There is a mad rush for Zone 1 (Tala). So book in advance through the net from the Forest Department Portal.

Timing

There are two safaris daily. Safari timings depend on the season.

  • 1 October to 15 Feb: 6.30 am to 11.00 am & 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
  • 16 February-31 March: 6.00 am to 11.00 am & 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • 1 April-30 June: 5.30 am to 10.00 am & 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Check here for any change in safari timings.

Cost

The cost depends on the gate you are allocated.
In Tala zone, each Safari costs Rs. 1680 – Rs 530 for permit, Rs 150 for guide, Rs 1000 for jeep. Six persons in a jeep – so wherever possible, people share.
Jeeps traveling to Zone 2 (Magdhi) and Zone 3 (Khitauli) charge Rs 1500 – that’s Rs 500 extra as compared to Zone 1.

Season

The park is closed from July to September – because of rains and also the breeding season of the animals. Any other time is fine, but the hotter it is, the better is the possibility of viewing wild life. It is normally very cold in the early mornings – even in summer. So a light jacket is required at the beginning of the morning safari.

More Information

https://mponline.gov.in/portal/Services/Forest/FinalForest/bandhavgarh.html
http://www.bandhavgarh-national-park.com/
http://www.mptourism.com/dest/bandhavgarh.html

 

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Kanha Bandhavgarh Route Map Information



11 Comments

  1. Britishraj said:

    The story was excellent and the photograhs ‘A-Mazing’ do you have an exhibition of your work in Calcutta? Is it expensve to go on safari?

    All the photos are truly inspiring

    Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Posted on September 16th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

  2. admin said:

    Thank you Britishraj for your compliment. No, I do not have any exhibitions – as far as photography is concerned, I have a long long way to go.
    I have provided the details of Safari charges in the ‘Information’ tab of my post. In Kanha & Bandhavgarh, 4 hours of safari for 6 persons costs around Rs 1700. We tried to share with other families where possible.

    Posted on September 17th, 2009 at 4:34 am

  3. July said:

    The pictures are wonderful. We will be visiting Kanha this Dec.Thanks for sharing your experience. MP tourism is asking for Rs. 3500 for safari per trip. We are two adults and two children. Is it reasonable.
    July

    Posted on November 1st, 2009 at 2:58 pm

  4. admin said:

    July, each safari cost for me was approximately around Rs 1700. This is the cost per jeep, carrying upto 6 persons, and includes jeep rental, park entry fee and guide charges.
    However, if you are not an Indian national, the cost is pretty high(a very unfortunate Indian policy). In that case the cost is approximately Rs 3500. I assume that you are not an Indian national.

    Posted on November 1st, 2009 at 3:28 pm

  5. July said:

    My husband is not an Indian but I am so I don’t know how they ware going to charge us and I have a 4 year old daughter with us.

    Posted on November 1st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

  6. admin said:

    July, I think you should insist for an Indian rate. It seems that they have given you a foreigner rate.

    Posted on November 2nd, 2009 at 7:00 am

  7. Gandharv Jain said:

    What would be the cost of a trip to bandavgarh including food stay& travel cost for 4 guys.!?
    As well as for kanha!?

    Posted on March 22nd, 2010 at 8:47 am

  8. admin said:

    Hi Gandharv,

    Very difficult to say. All categories of hotels are present – cheap & expensive. Dormitory accommodation will be cheap. AC rooms will be expensive. So it will depend on your choice of accommodation and number of days you want to spend. Only the cost of safari is fixed and I have mentioned it in my posts.

    Posted on April 6th, 2010 at 9:37 am

  9. Nilanjan said:

    Very nice detailed information provided here. It was very helpful.
    However, one thing I noticed is that the rates have changed I think for the safaris. It will be helpful to update with the current rates.
    Thanks.

    Posted on January 11th, 2012 at 11:06 am

  10. Maria said:

    Interesting pelobrm!Well let’s make the assumption (perhaps not correct) that every deer has the same chance of being caught–the deer the conservationist brought into the area, and the deer that were there before. The deer he brought in were 800, the deer there before are unknown.So he then catches 612 and 153 are tagged. That means that 153/612 represents the ratio of deers brought to deers already there. 153/612 is .25, exactly 1 quarter (how convenient!)So the deer he brought in are 1/4 of the total deer, meaning the deer that were already there are the other 3/4. He brought in 800 deer, and there were three times that many there already, or 2400 deer. Now there are 3200 deer, including the ones that were there and the ones he brought in.EDIT NOOOO, that’s wrong. I read the question again. He didn’t bring in the 800 deer, he caught them there. That means the 800 deer are subtracted from the total population. The 800 is still 1/4 of the group, though, so the total population is still 3200.References :

    Posted on February 6th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  11. Sudeepta said:

    Hi,
    Please let me know what is the distance between kanha and bandhavgarh, and how much time it will take. we are planning to travel 12 -15 people, so is there any bus services available? or how much it may cost if we book Innova.

    Posted on November 5th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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