Satpura is an incognito National Park, and along with Panchmarhi, Bori, and Madhai, it is a highly disparate biosphere. The park is an Unexplored Gem of Central India. Not being a usual destination in the itinerary of most travellers, Satpura is the best protected and the least disturbed. There are varied ways to explore Satpura – the usual jeep safaris, boat safaris, and fascinating walking safaris inside the park. Satpura National park is an essential part of The Highlands of Central India. Captain James Forsyth spent considerable time in the area in the mid-19th century. Satpura Tiger Reserve is a habitat of 52 Mammals, 21 Reptiles, and 300 species of birds, out of which 14 are endangered. Satpura is also a habitat of arboreal mammals like Flying Squirrel, Indian Gaint Squirrel, and Leaf-nosed bats. Eurasian otter and Smooth-coated Otter are also found here. It is a unique park of Madhya Pradesh where pollution-free activities like cycling, canoeing, and trekking are allowed.
The terrain of Satpura national park is extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines, and dense forests. The altitude ranges from 300 to 1,352 meters (984 to 4,436 ft). It has a Dhoopgarh peak as high as 1,350 meters (4,430 ft) and the almost level plains of Churna. The nearest town to the national park is Pachmarhi, and the nearest rail-head is Piparia, 55 kilometres (34 mi) away. The state capital Bhopal is 210 kilometres (130 mi) away.
Madhya Pradesh has always been the tourist's capital state with uncountable matches from history, wildlife, nature, and culture. Apart from these, one can also explore and experiment with the places to stay at Satpura National Park. Some of the best experiences are a mix of the journey, stay, and destination. Forsyth Jungle Lodge, Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, and Bori Safari Lodge are some handpicked best resorts of Satpura National Park.
Types of Safaries
Big 5 Animals
Park ticket bookings should be done 120 days in advance since the park tickets are limited.
It is mandatory to carry ID cards for safaris. The ID needs to be the same as the one with which you booked your safari.
Carry binoculars, a camera, and a bird book for identifying birds and making your trip more fruitful.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Do check your shoes every time before wearing them to avoid scorpions and other creatures.
Carry proper woollens in winters and an effective sunscreen in summers.
Carry Hats/ Caps and personal medicines (if any).
Wear muted forest colours like earthy greens or beiges and avoid perfumes and deodorants.
The afternoon shift of Jeep Safari remains close for visitors every Wednesday.
Both the morning and afternoon shift remains closed on Holi and Diwali festival.
Frequently Asked Questions
Satpura is connected to major cities across India via rail, road and air.
Nearest Airport- Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal
Nearest Railway Station- Itarsi Railway Station, Itarsi
Road- The park is well connected to major cities like Bhopal, Hoshangbad, Itarsi, Jabalpur and more. There is an availability of bus as well as taxi service from these cities to reach the park.
Satpura National Park is open for tourists throughout the year except for the monsoon season. Summers here are not very hot with temperatures rising up to 35 degrees celsius. The chances of animal sighting increase in summers since animals are compelled to visit water bodies. Winters are cold here with temperatures dropping down to 4 degrees celsius. The best time to visit the park is from October to June.
Flora- Satpura National Park has vast biodiversity. It is home to around 1300 species of plants which includes sal, mahua (Indian butter-tree), bamboo, teak, tendu, bel (Stone-apple), grasses, and more. It also has numerous medicinal plants. Sal is the dominant flora at Satpura along with teak.
Fauna- The fauna at Satpura includes Indian Bison (Gaur), Leopards, Tigers, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Wild dog (locally called Dholes), Sloth bear, Crocodile, and more. The park has a distinctive ecosystem making it a favourable place for fauna to thrive. The unique attractions of this park cover Indian Giant squirrel, Blackbuck and White Bison. The probability of sightings of animals at Satpura is comparatively higher than at any other national park. Apart from a wide range of animals, it also has an exotic variety of bird species making it ideal for photography.