Bandhav Vilas

Located close to the entrance of enchanting Bandhavgarh National Park, Bandhav Vilas offers a charming base for tiger safaris in one of India’s most attractive nature reserves. A sprawling 437 square kilometres, Bandhavgarh is famous for its white tigers, Bengal tigers, antelope, primates and huge array of birdlife. From this property, open-top Jeep safaris depart daily through the park’s six distinct biomes, led by seasoned guides, in search of these creatures  

Accommodation at Bandhav Vilas is in spacious guest villas with high ceilings and private courtyards. All come with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi connectivity and premium linens. They also have bicycles so guests can explore their surroundings at a relaxed pace.

Recreational facilities at Bandhav Vilas include a large swimming pool, meditation room, massage services and a lounge. A restaurant serves Indian and international fare, whilst there is a library bar for late afternoon cocktails. With 24 hour room service, you can dine in seclusion on your personal deck or enjoy a convivial meal by the bonfire, while taking in a tribal dance performance.


How to get to Bandhav Vilas

Bandhav Vilas can be reached by road from Jabalpur and Khajuraho airports, which are 164 and 237 kilometres away respectively. It is also possible to arrive by train from Delhi, with the nearest station being Umaria, 35km from the property.

Activities at Bandhav Vilas

  • Tiger safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Bird-watching
  • Massage therapies
  • Al fresco dining

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Bandhav Vilas Highlights

  • Charming villa-style accommodation close to Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Offering expert-guided Jeep safaris in search of tigers and other wildlife
  • Excellent bird-watching and photographic opportunities
  • Enjoy access to a sparkling outdoor pool, massage and meditation
  • Dine by a bonfire under the stars whilst taking in a tribal dance performance

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Diphlu River Lodge

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Jamtara Wilderness Camp

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Jawai Bandh

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Jim’s Jungle Retreat

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The Gateway Hotel

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The Oberoi Vanyavilas

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India Wildlife Safaris and Tours Overview

Why India Wildlife Reserves Safaris & Tours: India’s wildlife reserves are a haven for many remarkable and endangered creatures like tiger, rhino, leopard and sloth bear. A wildlife safari combines beautifully with India’s cultural highlights.

When to Go:
Bandhavgarh National Park:
Feb – May is the best time for gameviewing; the park is closed from early Jul to end Oct.
Corbett National Park: The best time for tiger viewing is the dry months of Apr – mid Jun, when wildlife come out in search of water. The best birdwatching is between Dec – Feb.
Ranthambhore National Park: The best time to go is in winter (Dec – Feb) and Mar/Apr. The park is closed during the monsoon; it reopens on 1 Oct.
Kanha National Park: Best time to visit is Mar – Jun. Park closed during monsoon from beginning Jul – Oct. Also closed midday to give respite to wildlife.
Kaziranga National Park: Best visited from mid-November to early April. The low-lying grasslands are flooded during the monsoon. During the floods, the animals migrate to higher, drier ground.
Periyar and Nagarhole National Parks: The best time to go is in the cool dry months (Oct- Feb) and during the hotter months of Mar/Apr for elephant viewing. The park is open during the monsoon period (June – Sep); but it is not the best season for spotting game.

Combine With: Safaris to India’s wildlife reserves are usually part of a general sightseeing itinerary which include India’s many cultural and historic attractions. They can also be combined with the wildlife parks of neighouring Nepal, Bhutan or Sri Lanka.

Getting There: The national parks of northern India can be accessed from major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur and Guwahati (Kaziranga). In South India, Periyar and Nagarhole/Kabini can be reached from Kochi, usually as part of an overland itinerary.

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