About Satpura National Park.
How to Reach.
Safari & Timing.
Facilities Satpura National Park.
About Satpura National
Satpura National Park is
located in district Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh in Central
India. It gets the name from Satpura hill ranges (Mahadeo
hills). It covers an area of 524 km˛. Satpura National Park,
and along with the adjoining Bori and Panchmarhi Sanctuaries,
provides 1427 km˛ of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem.
It was set up in 1981. The terrain of the national park is
extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow
gorges, ravines and dense forests. The altitude ranges from
300 m to 1352 m. It has Dhoopgarh peak as high as 4500 feet
(1400 m) and the almost level plains of Churna. The
nearest town to the national park is Pachmarhi and the nearest
railhead is Piparia at a distance of 55 km. The state capital
Bhopal is situated at a distance of 210 km.
Landscape of National Park:
The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged and
consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow
gorges, rivulets, waterfalls, thickly dense green forest of
Sal and other medicinal herbs and Tawa’s vast reservoir.
Un-even altitude ranges from 290m. to 1352 m. Highest peak of
national park is in Satpura National Park i.e. Dhoopgarh at an
altitude of 4500 feets(1400 m.). As it is the highest peak of
Madhya Pradesh, sunlight reaches this peak earlier than
anyother landscape of Madhya Pradesh.
Flora of Satpura National Park:
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.
The Satpura Tiger Reserve, is believed to be one of Central
India’s best kept secrets. Its only wildlife national park,
one of its kind experiences offered only in Satpura National
park. To truly understand the secret ways of jungle ,to
appreciate the working of its innermost recesses, to see and
learn the signs and tracks that wildlife leaves through the
forest and to learn to interpret these to savor the smell
sound and sense of wilderness, you have to take to your feet.
Satpura is unique amongst tiger reserves in permitting this
type of walking
Fauna of Satpura National Park:
Being a part of unique eco-system, Satpura National Park
is very rich in bio-diversity. Its fauna comprises chinkara,
Indian Bison(Gaur), tigers, leopards, wild boar, wild dog,
bear, black buck, porcupinem, Sambhar, four horned antelopes,
smooth otter, pangolin, marsh crocodile, ratel and monkeys
etc. Indian giant squirrel is the special feature of Satpura
National Park as it is rare in India now. 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 jugle 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..
HOW TO REACH
BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
Nearest railway station for Satpura National Park are Pipariya
(50kms), Sohagpur (19km), Itarsi (75kms), Hoshangabad (50kms).
Among them Pipariya & Itarsi are important one as most of the
important trains stops their.Pipariya railway station is on
main route of Mumbai-Howrah line. Park is accessible by train
from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata,
Agra, Varanasi etc.
By Road: Satpura National Park is spread over Jabalpur -
Bhopal road. Nearest cities are
Bhopal (210kms), Jabalpur (250kms) & Chindwara. Their are 03
important entrance gates for Satpura National Park in which
important ones can be reached from Sohagpur & Pachmarhi.
Madhai entrance gate is about 18kms diversion from Sohagpur
towards Sarangpur village. Although small air-strip is
available in Pachmarhi, but proper near-by airports are in
Bhopal (200 kms.), Jabalpur (250 kms.) and Nagpur city (255
kms.). Private car rental services are
available in all these cities.
By Flight: Those who wish to reach Satpura Tiger Reserve
through flight can fly up to Bhopal Airport (200kms), Jabalpur
Airport (250kms) & Nagpur Airport (320kms). From these
further journey toward forest can be done via road using taxi
Timing - Satpura National Park
Just like any
other national parks of Madhya Pradesh, Jungle Safari system
of Satpura National Park is similar. Here 4-wheel driven
vehicles (petrol/diesel) are used to park-safari. Here no
vehicle of more that 5-years old is allowed to go for
park-safari. Park entrance charges and guide fee is similar to
any other national park of Madhya Pradesh. Jeeps are generally
hired from market in Pachmarhi or through hotels.
WINTER (Oct to Jan)
MORNING - 06 : 30 to 10 : 30 AM,
EVENING - 01 : 30 to 5 : 30 PM
SUMMER SAFARI TIMING (Feb to June)
MORNING - 06 : 00 to 10 :00 AM
EVENING - 02 : 30 to 06 : 30 PM
Facilities - Satpura
Boat Safari- a
fantastic way of bird watching and Wildlife viewing is by
boat, canoe or Kayak paddling silently along the jungle’s edge
and enjoying the birdlife and wildlife as it emerges. Magical
experience. All boats are manned by trained boatmen/Guides who
are re-employed fishermen left jobless with the expansion of
the park boundaries over the water.
Elephant Safari: As with other tiger reserves in central
India, Satpura supports a small herd of riding elephants that
are used to track tigers and then put on a ‘tiger show’ where
visitors can drive up to the closest road point to the tiger,
climb abroad an elephant and be ferried out to where the tiger
is located. It is good way to see and photograph Tigers.
However at Satpura it is possible to hire elephants for an
hour or two and just head out in to the jungle seeing what you
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