Located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, Satpura National Park lies in the Mahadeo Hills of the Satpura range and is an ideal destination for anyone who is a keen wildlife enthusiast. Satpura National Park is less known than other sanctuaries like Kanha, Panna, Pench and Tadoba, however with magnificent unspoilt forest and a much more balanced array of wildlife, this is an absolute gem of a park. It is a great place to be one with nature because the fascinating cascading waterfalls, deep valleys, dense forests, narrow gorges, perennial streams and rich vegetation of the park represent nature at its best. Situated in the southern parts of the Central Indian Highlands of Madhya Pradesh, The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged. Satpura National Park offers different/various activities like boat safaris, elephant rides, guided walks, jeep safaris as well as night time safaris in the buffer forest.
The park’s name is derived from the Satpura range where the altitude ranges from 300 to 1,352 metres, having Dhupgarh peak as high as 1,352 metres which is the highest point located in Pachmarhi (popularly known as Queen of Satpura). Although tiger sightings are not common, however birding is excellent in and around the park. While driving through the forest, you may come across the shy and elusive barking deer. Recently, some Barasingha as well as some Bengal tigers have been relocated here from Kanha National Park. Being shy & wary, and not used to the human beings, several other species of the park are mostly seen in fleeting glimpses. Satpura National Park is an ideal destination for those who want to spend time far away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and who are looking for a wildlife holiday to see the wilderness in central India.
Fauna & Flora
Bio-diversity of national park is stunning with over 1300 species of plants. Flora of national park includes teak, sal, tendu, mahua (Indian butter-tree), bel (stone-apple), bamboos, grasses, bushes, unchecked grown lantanas and other many medicinal plants whose details are not available now. It is said that in majority of jungle we can judge that sal is the prominent flora of National Park.
Being a part of unique eco-system, Satpura National Park is very rich in bio-diversity. Its fauna comprises Spotted Dear, Indian Bison(Gaur), Tigers, Leopards, Wild boar, Wild dog (locally called Dholes), Sloth bear, Black buck (unique attraction), Porcupine, Sambhar, four Horned antelopes (Chowsingha), Smooth otter, Pangolin, Marsh crocodile, Languars etc. Indian Giant squirrel is the special feature of Satpura National Park as it is rare in India now. Sighting of Leopards, Gaurs, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear is good in compare to other national parks of Central India. Bird-watching in Satpura National Park is great. Here very frequently we can see variety of birds during stay and safari. Tiger sighting of this national park is not so impressive as compare to nearby Bandhavgarh, Kanha or Pench national parks. So it is required when we go for jungle safari in national park, we should no go with single mindset of tiger-sighting but enjoy sighting all members of national park as they are equally share the jungle with tigers and are extremely beautiful creatures of nature.
Day 1: Bhopal Airport/Railway Station – Satpura Tiger Reserve
On arrival at the Bhopal Airport/railway station airport for this wildlife journey. After reaching, you will be taken to Satpura, which is around 150 km from Bhopal and takes around 3 & ½ hours to reach. After reaching, you will be check-in at the pre-booked hotel/resort/Lodge and take some rest. After lunch, you will leave for a safari ride into the jungles of Satpura Tiger Reserve. After the safari, back to the hotel/resort/lodge, Have dinner. Overnight stay at resort/hotel/Lodge.
Day 2 – 3: Satpura Tiger Reserve
We will leave for the morning safari, early morning safaris have more chances for sighting the animals. You explore the fauna and flora of the National Park. This safari lasts for around three hours, then return to the hotel/resort/lodge. Then freshen up, have breakfast, and rest for a few hours. After lunch, you will leave for another afternoon safari. After the safari, return to the Resort/Hotel/Lodge to relax. Enjoy the delicious dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/resort/lodge.
Day 4: Satpura – Bhopal Airport/Railway Station
We will leave for the morning safari then return to the hotel/resort/lodge. Then freshen up, have breakfast. Check out and drop you at Bhopal Airport/ railway station to board the train /flight for your home. Trip Ends
By Air: The nearest airport to reach Satpura Tiger Reserve is Bhopal, which is around 150 km and takes around 03 to 04 Hrs drive
By Rail: The nearest railway stations to reach Satpura Tiger Reserve are Pipariya (50 kms / 01 to 02 Hrs Drive) & Bhopal (145 kms / 03 to 04 Hrs Drive)
By Road: You can reach Satpura Tiger Reserve from major cities by road are Hoshangabad ( 70 Kms / 1.5 hours), Itarsi ( 70 Kms /1.5 hours) and Bhopal (145 kms / 03 to 04 Hrs Drive).
- Bhopal (150 km / 03 to 04 Hrs Drivr)
Nearby main Railheads:
- Bhopal (145 kms / 03 to 04 Hrs Drive)
- Pipariya (50 kms / 01 to 02 Hrs Drive)
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