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Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park is located in south Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh. The 524 Sqkm Park is the core area of the Panchmarchi Biosphere Reserve that includes Bori wildlife sanctuary to its south-west and Panchmarhi wildlife sanctuary to its north-east. The park has an elevation of 320-1,352m with tall sandstone mountains, narrow gorges, ravines, waterfalls, streams and dense forests near the Mahadev hills in the Pachmarhi plateau. The area boasts of two unique species of treed – the sal and the teak besides wide varieties of ferns, mango trees, butterflies and birds.

Satpura National park does not conduct guided tiger-spotting tours. However the tigers are spotted at Madai, Churna, Dhal and Paraspani.Jeep Safaris are available in limited numbers. For animal sightings take the Tawa-Doopgarh circuit of 60 km from the edge of the Tawa Reservoir in the plains of Churna in Bori Sanctuary to Doopgarh which is the highest peak in the Satpura Range. The sunsets are simply stunning with the beautiful surroundings. The park can be accessed via kuchcha road from Panchmarhi to Panarpani and Neemghan and there is also a jungle route through Rorighat gate. The park lies in the Panchmarhi Biosphere therefore at least 3-4 days are taken to complete 200-km circuit. Satpura National park has mammals including tiger,bison,sambar,gaur,giant squirrel,nilgai,cheetal,flying squirrel and dhole.One is likely to find birds such as Crested serpent eagle, honey buzzard, black eagle, Malabar pied hornbill, paradise fly catcher.

Getting to Satpura National Park:

By Air:

The nearest airport Bhopal is connected by daily flights to all Indian Metros. Most resorts have pick-ups facilities. MP Tourism also arranges pick-ups on advance notice.

By Rail:

The nearest railhead is at Pipariya from where one can take either taxi or bus.

By Road:

NH69 to Hoshangabad, state road to Panchmarhi via Pipariya.MP tourism operates coaches between Bhopal and Pachmarhi.Day taxis are also available.

Where to stay at Pachmarhi:

Panchmarhi is a popular tourist destination so it offers plenty of options to suit all type of travelers. Visitors can stay in simple accommodation inside the forest or private hotels close to the park

Best time to visit Satpura National Park:

The best time to visit Satpura is between October and April. But the animal sightings are highest in the hot season May and June. The most comfortable time to visit in terms of climate is between November and March

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