Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya Hills & the natural beauty of the wilds, Bandhav Vilas is the luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Bandhav garh tiger reserve. The perfect base from which to explore the territory of the majestic tiger.
The resort setting is picture with a dramatic watercourse and sun kissed private sit outs & decks. Charming luxury Villas, contemporary interiors with traditional touches, luxurious bathrooms and private walled open to sky courtyard are in perfect contrast to the ruggedness of the jungle.
32 km SE of Umaria District, Madhya Pradesh, India.
448 sq. km.
Main Wildlife Found
Tigers, Leopards, Bears
Best time to visit
October to March and May-Jun (The park remains closed between July and September)
Best time to visit
October to March
Max 42o; min 2o Celsius
July 01 to September 30
Train : The nearest railway station is Umaria (35km)
Train from Delhi to Umaria : Utkal Express
Train from Varanasi : Sarnath Express
Bus : Buses ply from Umaria, Tala and Satna. Jeeps can be hired from Tala (3hrs) and from Umaria (2hrs, Rs 10 per seat).
Reaching Bandhavgarh may be bit more difficult than it is for some of the other parks in the country but once you are there, you always feel it was worth the effort. For those coming in from Delhi, there is a direct train to the nearest railway station, Umaria. The name of the train is the Utkal Express.
The journey (without delays!) is 19 hours and gets you there early in the morning. Umaria is only 32 kilometers from the park and buses as well as jeep rides are available from here for those who have not made prior arrangements. There are also other connections available from various parts of the country to Satna, which is 120 kilometers away, Jabalpur (164km) and Katni (92km). The nearest airports are Khajuraho (237km) and Jabalpur (164 km). There are regular bus connections available from both these cities. The park entrance and accommodations are located at a small "town" called Tala on the Umaria - Rewa highway.
In the year 2001, due to torrential rainfall, the road network connecting the park to most cities was severely effected. This resulted in the duration of transfer journeys from these cities becoming more than three times as lengthy in the time taken. During this period, the best option was to take a train to Umaria and then a vehicle to Tala. If the resort you are staying at is informed of your arrival, they mostly arrange for a pick and drop at their cost. However, if you arrive without prior information, the local jeeps take a fixed charge of Rs. 500/- for the transfer. There are other more reasonable means around but require much more patience and a desire for adventure. There is also a helicopter transfer facility from Nagpur to Bandhavgarh and the charges are approximately US$200 per passenger.