Great things are done when men and mountains meet – William Blake
Famous for being the first biosphere reserve of Madhya Pradesh and surmounting almost 26 species of Himalayan mountains, Satpura Tiger Reserve deserves a cosy spot on your travelling list.
This central highland plateau has everything you need; from endangered species, dense forests, old ravines, monumental rocks to beautiful peaks. A hub of source populations, breeding units for tigers, and also an archaeological site with almost 50 rock shelters and paintings thousands of years old, there’s something to do for everyone at this handsome landscape.
Good To Know
Bhopal Airport, Jabalpur Airport
Wildlife Sighting Index
5/10 for Tiger sighting
Beauty of Forest Index
9/10 Beauty of Forest
Standard of Infrastructure Index
8/10 Stay & Amenities
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Flora of Satpura Tiger Reserve
A forest’s true appeal lies in its flora and fauna, and as a highland, Satpura lives up to its name providing tourists with rich and complex biodiversity. The meandering lands are habitat to a whopping 1300 different kinds of plants species, 62 tree species and 56 small trees. The wide variety and expanse of shrubbery and plantation like Sal, tendu, mahua (Indian butter-tree), bel (stone-apple) and bamboos are bound to leave you in awe.
Another sweet aspect of this wonderful sightseer’s dream are the many grasslands. In order to provide for the many herbivores that thrive in the reserve, the forest department has made lots of efforts to maintain cultivated grasslands as food for the wildlife.
- Sophora interrupta
- Melastoma malabathricum
- Murraya paniculata
- Holmskioldia senguinea
- Blumea lanceolaria
Fauna of Satpura Tiger Reserve
Consequently, the beauty of the forest is enhanced by the beasts that roam its borders. A wild-life enthusiasts treat, Satpura is known to not only have a myriad of animals but it also has a collection that is unique to its own eco-system and rarely found elsewhere. The extent of the forest coupled with the variety of terrains makes the forest a perfect breeding ground for species of all shapes and sizes.
To count, Satpura Tiger Reserve is noted for nurturing around 50 species of mammals, 254 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, and 50 species of butterflies. That’s more than 350 different species of wild-life convincing you to make Satpura your next travel destination!
- Chital (spotted deer)
- Hanuman Langur
- Indian Bison (gaur)
- Wild boar
- Dhole (wild dog)
- Sloth bear
- Black buck
- Sambhar deer
- Chowsingha (four-horned antelope)
- Malabar squirrels
- Indian giant squirrel
- White bison
Explore The Known and Unknown of Satpura Tiger Reserve
Satpura is often described as a paradise on earth, and if you or your family and friends like exploring nature then there’s no better fit for you. Explore the striking hilly terrains, peaceful jungle, deep gorges, streamlets, unaverred forest locations amidst the massive landscape. However, in order to truly reap the most out of your trip, its important to opt for the best activities that you can do during your stay. Luckily for you, Satpura not only offers jeep rides through its core and buffer zones but you can also sway or rift your way through the forest on a canoe or a boat. There are also walking safaris and elephant safaris for those who want to try something new.
Jeep safaris have a cap of 8 persons and require 1 guide and 1 driver to accompany you, it’s one of the most popular options of cruising through the winding paths of the forest. And if you can’t spot any tiger during the ride then be assured, because Satpura also supplies a small herd of elephants for riding. These elephants are especially used for spotting tigers and then put on a ‘tiger show’, which is organized by park management during Monday Safari. And when you’re tired of the cold hard ground, you can also book yourself a canoe or a boat to explore the beautiful watershed areas of the titillating park in the Denwa river.
But don’t just stop at exploring nature, the central highlands of India are rich in man-made and other attractions, and if you’re in the area you might as well take a few stops at some surreal caves, temples and waterfalls. Pandav Caves, a landmark that signifies the tale of native legends and popular beliefs, the Pandav brothers of religious text of Mahabharat, along with their wife ‘Draupadi’, spent some part of their exile here. 5 Ancient caves are carved out on a sandstone rock in the hills of Satpura which forms the famous Pandav Caves. You can also commit to climbing mount Dhooparhg, the tallest peak at the national park with a total of 1350 in altitude and a stunning view from the top. Moreover, while visiting waterfalls you should definitely see Bee Falls, it is a natural perennial water stream falling into 35 meters deep valley inside deep forest. Other possible attractions include the Padmshesh Mandir and rock shelters which have rock paintings depicting various animals like elephants, tigers, deer, and porcupines. These paintings are about 1500 to 10000 years old and helpful in study of human evolution history in this area.
Make sure to time the season of your travel according to your preference as well! Satpura being situated in Central India is subjected to extreme and tropical weather. Temperature in and around Pachmarhi plateau is generally lower than the plains. Monsoon arrives in the end of June and rainfall in Pachmarhi is much higher than the rest of district. The winters are generally bright and cloudless with light showers in early November. According to tourism experts the best time to visit the reserve is October – May. Since different zones experience different climate and have varying geographical structures, its important to choose a time that works best for your preference.
Satpura Tiger Reserve Safari Booking
Satpura park main gates include Madhai Gate from Madhai village, Kajri Gate from Pachmarhi side and Anarpani Gate. Safari fee is 6500 (Mon-Fri) and 7100 (Sat-Sun) and timings are as follows.
Morning Safari Time: 06: 30 AM to 10: 30 AM
Evening Safari Time: 03: 00 PM to 5: 45 PM
Morning Safari Time: 06: 00 AM to 10: 00 AM
Evening Safari Time: 03: 00 PM to 6: 30 PM
The park remains closed between 1st July to 15th October.
How to reach Satpura Tiger Reserve
The nearest airport is in Bhopal, about 190 km away. The railway station is at Itarsi, about 50 km away, is the biggest railway junction of Central India; several other stations like Narsinghpur and Pipariya are within this radius.
The reserve is near to Pachmarhi hill station, which is easily accessible via road from the major cities like Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Chindwara, Bhopal, and Nagpur.
Resorts at Satpura Tiger Reserve
Housing and accommodation are an easy feat at Satpura, the forest department itself offers multiple options for stay. There are 3 forest rest houses at Pachmarhi, 2 at Churna and 1 at Madhai each with double bedrooms. These rooms can be booked through the Satpura Tiger Reserve office. Accommodation can be booked in advanced during the office hours (1030-1730 hrs) over phone (+917574-254394), fax (+917574-252133) & email ([email protected] & [email protected]) The right of reservation remains with the Field Director, Satpura Tiger Reserve.
However, if you’re looking for something more, don’t sweat because Satpura is a naturalist magnet and some wonderful private hotels have been set up near important gates. These luxurious accommodations will give you the true experience of living in nature, scrumptious food and opportunities to canoe and boat. Some popular places include Denwa Backwater Escape, Forsyth Lodge and Reni Pani Lodge.