Bandhavgarh Fort

The haunted Bandhavgarh Fort is situated at an altitude of 811metres in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. This 10th century built fort was a place of residence for BahelaRajputs and named as MotiMahal. The remains of the abandoned fort is present in the vicinity of Bandhavgarh National Park. The area around the fort is presently a tiger reserve area. This residence of the Rajputs has become a place of living for many tigress and their cubs. Endangered Vultures are seen around the fort in large numbers also.

The fort is surrounded by Bandhaini hillock and Bandhavgarh Hill. There are human built caves with inscription dated back to earlier Christian era. There are scultptures of Lord Vishnu in the caves. Among them 35 foot long image is the main attraction. This place is auspicious for the Hindus because a tale tells that Lord Ram has built this fort for his brother Laxman. That’s why the name is Bandhav means bhai and Garh means palace.

The Sidhbaba point inside the forest is famous for the tiger spotting. Charkadhara, AndheriJhiria are the other two places inside famous for tiger watching. Gopalpur, Ketkiha is popular for bird watching activities. These areas are deeply infiltrated by plants which is nestling several species of birds. SheshShaiya, Bari Gufa, Three cave point are the three caves where tourists can take a glimpse of the ancient arts.

Climber’s point on the top of the hill atop an elevation of 13,005 feet is offering an exciting view of the forest. The path leading to the point is covered by several types of flora and fauna which makes the place superb for exploration lovers.

Travel Tips

  • One must take permission to get the entrance in the forest to reach to the fort. Everyone can’t visit the place without permissions from the high authority.
  • Keep your voice low and do not disturb the peaceful nature by creating noise.
  • Avoid carrying poly bags during the visit.
  • Maintain the speed limit and exit the forest before sunset.
  • Follow guideline of visiting the forest.
  • Bandhavgarh fort is surrounded by rich forest. So, one must remember the basic rules of visiting a forest.
  • Do not disturb by your camera flashes to the animals during the visit.
  • Wear dark green, rocky grey or muddy brown colour dresses. Birds, animals gets distracted by the view of coloury clothes.
  • Wear full-sleeved cotton or linen shirts. Keep most of the body parts covered to avoid any itchy sensation during the trekking through the forest to reach fort.
  • Wear sunglasses, sunscreen, caps, hats to avoid the heat of the sun.
  • Keep bottles of water and light snacks which is crucial for every travellers.
  • Best time to visit the forest is October to June. Because the forest remains closed during the rainy season at all over India.
  • Do not take a ride or walk on your own. Always have a forest guard by your side during the exploration.

When to visit

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Things to do

The main attraction of the region around the fort is the outdoor activities. Safari is available in the core and buffer area around the Bandhavgarh fort offering the sightseeing of wild animals like white tigers, endangered species, birds, flora and fauna and etc. Tigers are easily spotted in this forest. One can take elephant ride on the tiger strolling paths also. The caves in the forest on the way to the fort are offering extreme delicacies in form of the historical attachment.

The forest is covered by the Sal, bamboo trees providing the perfect hide out of the wild animals. Fox, chitol, nilgai, striped hyena, Chinkara, Chausingha, jackal, leopard and sloth bear can be spotted during the safari. The forest guards accompanies the jeeps intended to watch the tigers in the core area.

Getting Around

Buses, private cars are available to take the tourists at the foot of the Bandhavgarh hillock. All the vehicles need prior permission to enter in the forest. Open jeeps are available for safari for 4 people maximum. The car can’t reach at the top. There are some places which need to be explored by foot only.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport is at Jabalpur. There are domestic carriers connecting this city with other metros like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and New Delhi with this city. Private charter planes are available also.
  • Jabalpur, Umaria and Katni railway stations are the nearby railway stations of Bandhavgarh Fort. There are direct trains from Delhi or Agra city. Other metro cities are well-connected via trains too.Umaria station is a 45 minutesÃ�âïÿýïÿý drive from the forest.
  • Umaria is the largest township close to Bandhavgarh fort. There are private cars, taxis are available from the town. Roads are connecting the Bandhavgarh via Jabalpur, Katni and Khajuraho also. State buses are available from those cities.

Surrounding Attractions

There are not much attractions other than the Bandhavgarh forest, fort and caves. There is a museum Baghel museum displaying the collection of Rewa king. Military weapons are on display in the museum also.

There is another wildlife sanctuary on the way to Bandhavgarh from Khajuraho named Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary. Spotted deer, monkeys can be seen on both sides of the drive way.

Important Numbers

Emergency Response Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Tel No: 0755-2469180

Police Station - 100

Ambulance – 102, 108

Civil Hospital (Umaria): 07653-22341

Fire Station – 101


Madhya Pradesh Tourism Office

Tel 023341187, 23366528