Bandhavgarh safari zones

What to Expect in Tala, Magadhi, and Khitauli

Safari Zones in Bandhavgarh - What to Expect in Tala, Magadhi, and Khitauli

Wildlife enthusiasts, you must visit Bandhavgarh National Park, within the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh, where wildlife is perpetually beckoned by the imperial Bengal tigers. Selecting the right safari zone can enhance your experience greatly. Here is a sneak peak about Bandhavgarh’s three main zones-Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli; each has different kinds of landscapes and wildlife experiences.

Tala Zone

The Classic Tiger Territory (Open Round the Year)

Being one of the oldest established areas in Bandhavgarh, today Tala Zone enjoys a status as an area where most people go to spot tigers.  The only safaris offered are by jeep with restricted numbers allowed in daily permits. 

Tala features diverse terrains that include Sal forests, meadows and rocky outcrops that serve as homes for diverse species of wild animals. This includes tigers, leopards, sloth bears, spotted deer, sambar as well as various bird species. Tala is known for tiger sightings because this place has high historical density of these giant predators.

Magadhi Zone

A Rising Star for Tiger Spotting (Open Round the Year)

Over the past few years Magadhi Zone also called gate number two, has emerged as a potential alternative destination for seeing tigers. Compared to Tala zone, more jeep safaris are permitted here. 

Tigers along with other birds like eagles find refuge in Magadhi’s greenery consisting of Sal forests and grasslands. You have better chances of spotting a tiger near waterholes when dry season sets in the Magadhi area. This zone also offers scenic beauty adding value to your safari itself.

Khitauli Zone

A Paradise for Birdwatchers and Herbivores (Open Round the Year)

Khitauli zone or Gate 3, serves as a dramatic contrast to the other zones. Jeep safari is the mode of transport here, although it is not as crowded as Tala and Magadhi. The Khitauli zone has open plains, gorges and trees sparsely dispersed over them. 

Such an environment attracts a variety of herbivores such as chinkara, blue bulls or blackbucks. With resident and migratory birds like Indian rollers, parakeets, and kingfishers, Khitauli makes for a perfect birdwatcher’s paradise. While there is possibility of sighting tigers, this zone has a different focus on herbivores and bird life.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Zone


If your main priority is spotting tigers then Tala, is the best option. But if you want more of an overall wildlife experience visit Magadhi or Khitauli.


Although all are open throughout the year; tiger sightings can be more common during periods of less rain (March-May) in all.


Since Tala is the most popular one expect crowds; Magadhi strikes a good balance whereas Khitauli offers a more isolated experience.

Landscape Preference

If dense forests are where you thrive, Tala and Magadhi are your best choices to enter Bandhavgarh. Go to the Khitauli zone if you prefer havens of open grasslands.

Regardless of the zone you choose, Bandhavgarh National Park is a must visit. Take pictures of wild predators basking in the Sun or stalking their prey while other creatures including leopards, hawks and deer keep watch in this area.