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Top Tourist Attractions of Satpura

Satpura Tiger Reserve, also called as Satpura National Park, is located in Madhya Pradesh's Hoshangabad district and is named after the Satpura range. Satpura Range is a mountain range in western India that is part of the Deccan plateau. The hills span for 900 km throughout the peninsula’s broadest portion. Satpura is a Sanskrit term that translates to "seven mountains". The majority of the Satpura range had dense woods, but the land has been gradually deforested in the past few decades, with large sections of jungle remaining. These forest enclaves are home to a number of threatened and endangered animals, including the tiger. Satpura National Park is one of the regions of this terrain that has been magnificently preserved for the conservation of flora and animals. Satpura National Park covers 1427 square kilometres and was established in 1981 by combining the sanctuaries of Satpura, Pachmari, and Bori. The National park's environment is exceptionally mountainous, with remarkable deep valleys, sandstone peaks, tight crevices, backwaters, waterfalls, and heavy forest.

Its wildlife includes Spotted Dear, Indian Bison (Gaur), Tigers, Leopards, Wild boar, Wild dog, Sloth bear, Blackbuck (special attraction), Porcupine, Sambhar, Four Horned antelopes, Otters, Crocodile, Malabar squirrels, Langurs, and more species. Satpura National Park is known for its Indian Giant squirrels and White Bison. Because of its distinctive landscape and several water bodies, notably the Tawa reservoir, it provides excellent birding opportunities. From November to March, it also attracts a variety of migrating species to the Tawa reservoir and surrounding areas.

Satpura National Park Safaris are the finest method to experience the actual spirit of jungle thrills in the park. You may go on a jungle safari by travelling in an open vehicle or sitting on the back of an elephant. Absorb in the splendour of its dense forests, experience the excitement of being in the wild, or capture nature on film, you have plenty of options. Satpura National Park is a part of the

Panchmarhi region is known as the ‘Queen of Satpura’. This place is a time capsule, moulded by centuries of erosion into a craggy, rocky environment that is habitat to a green forest cover alive with various flora and wildlife. This is a location that has seen mythological stories and is considered to be the sole Indian hill station that has retained its charming, virgin appeal. Pachmarhi literally means "five caverns' ' and the folklore has it that they were formerly home to the five Pandava brothers and their bride Draupadi. There are many kinds of safaris in Satpura National Park.

Tourist Attraction to Visit in Satpura

Here we are going to share the best and big list of tourist attractions of Satpura

Madhai Jeep Safari

Madhai Zone is the main area of Satpura National Park, located 1 km from Madhai. This is one of Satpura's most prominent safari zones, and it's accessed largely through the Madhai entry gate, which is located near Madhai hamlet.

Madhai Gate is the most famous of Satpura National Park's entry gates, which also include Jamani Dev Gate, Pachmarhi, Churna, and Parsapani. Valleys, plains, meadow areas, some steep terrains, water bodies, and other features make up the Madhai zone. Madhai is the centre for wildlife tourism in Satpura Tiger Reserve, and it is located in the core zone. The tiger population density in this area is very high. Just before Sohagpur, the Madhai entrance gate is located on the Pipariya-Bhopal highway. A boat is required to cross the Denwa River to reach the Madhai entry gate, where a jeep awaits the tourists and brings them deeper into the bush since it’s one of the greatest ways to explore Satpura National Park's diverse fauna and dense forests. Keria, Lagda road, Jhinjini Mahal road, Chutki Dev road, and Churna road are the five internal routes in Madhai Zone. The length of these routes varies and so do the safari rates. The Churna route safari is 30 kilometres long and includes parts of the Keria route. It is a full-day excursion that is regarded to be the equivalent of two safaris. The Churna path has a better chance of witnessing a tiger and the sloth bear. A wide diversity of birds can be seen. Besides the National park there are several other tourist attractions in and around the Satpura range that one must see. Let’s take a look at all of them one by one.

Churna Full Day Jeep Safari

Churna, 30 kilometres from Madhai, is located deep within the Satpura National Park core area and is part of the Bori range. This is one of Satpura's most popular safari sites, and it's accessed largely through the Madhai entrance gate. The Churna zone's environment has a primary tiger territory that boasts some of Park's best tiger sightings. The landscape features numerous sparkling water creeks that go through the woodland. The prey base is one of the best in the area, particularly for herbivores, sustaining a healthy tiger population. A wide diversity of birds can be seen. On the Churna path, the chance of seeing a Sloth Bear is almost certain. The Churna route safari is 30 kilometres long and includes parts of the Keria route. Churna FRH must be booked in person at the Forest Department's Satpura Tiger Reserve office in Hoshangabad. Churnai Forest Rest House charges Rs. 1000/- a night for a room that can accommodate up to two people. Bookings may be cancelled at the forest department's discretion because this accommodation facility is administered by the forest department and its core objective is not tourism. In such circumstances, refunds will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Parsapani Jeep Safari

Parsapani or Parraspani is the Satpura National Park's buffer zone, located 15 kilometres from Madhai. This is one of Satpura's most prominent safari zones, and it's accessed largely through Pathai's entrance gate.To make the journey of travellers more fascinating, the Eco-Tourism Board organises activities such as bird watching, trekking, gypsy safaris, late-exit safaris, village tours, cultural programmes, and so on. This area proves to be the best for evening safari. Most wild animals and birds begin retiring to their nesting grounds or resting spots during the dusk hour, which runs from 5.30 PM to 8 PM. Predators, on the other hand, emerge from their hiding places and can be caught in the act during this very time. The best time to see a leopard or a sloth bear is during this period. The Parsapani route safari begins at Pathai and spans 35 kilometres

Parsapani's topography is mountainous, with many pools, creeks, meadows, river beds, and woodlands. There used to be a settlement in the Parsapani zone, but after the village was displaced about 4-5 years ago, a grassland was formed. Because there is enough pasture, the number of herbivores is growing. Due to the abundance of food, carnivores such as tigers, leopards, and others are flocking to Parsapani these days.

Jamanidev Jeep Safari

Jamanidev is the Satpura National Park's boundary line, located 4 kilometres from Madhai. This is one of Satpura's most popular safari zones, and it's accessed via the Sehra entrance gate on the Sohagpur-Madai road.

This lovely backstop tourism zone lies between Sohagpur and Madhai. Jamani Dev's terrain is made up of lagoons, waterways, pastures, shorelines, among other things. To make travellers' journeys more enjoyable, the Eco-Tourism Board organizes activities such as bird watching, trekking, gypsy safaris, late-exit safaris, village tours, traditional programmes, and so on. The Jamani Dev road safari begins at Sehra and runs for 40 kilometres (round trip). Some of the world's rarest animals can be seen here, including the Satpura Leopard Gecko, Rusty Spotted Cat, Mouse Deer, Indian Crested Porcupine, and many others. Jamani Dev also features a few rivers and streams and a turret, which add to its enigmatic ambience. Within the buffer zone, even camping is permitted.

Panarpani Jeep Safari

Panarpani is the recently opened core zone of Satpura National Park, located 8 kilometres from Pachmarhi and Madhai. This zone is accessed largely through the Pachmarhi hill station's entrance gate. The core section of the Satpura tiger reserve is covered by the Panaarpani zone. Between Matkuli and Pachmarhi, its entry gate is also near to Pachmarhi hill station. This area is well-known for its herbal medicines, water basins, and thick jungles. A vast percentage of tourists and wildlife enthusiasts are still unaware of the Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh's latest effort at improvising the area. The popular ecotourism activities offered in this region include viewpoint viewing, cycling, trekking, nature walks, camping, bird watching, and something as unique as butterfly watching as well.

Madhai Elephant Safari

Madhai Zone is the primary area of Satpura National Park, located 1 km from Madhai. This is one of Satpura's most significant safari zones, and it's accessed largely through the Madhai entrance gate, which is located near Madhai hamlet. Aside from Jeep Safari, visitors can go on an elephant safari along a predetermined route defined by Park Authorities. This safari, also named as Elephant Joy Ride, adds to the enjoyment of the journey by allowing access to forested places not approachable by regular jeeps. The chances of seeing a tiger on an elephant safari are usually better than on a car safari. This is a first-come, first-served basis. This unique safari, coordinated by the park authorities, has its own appeal and is only offered in Madhai's core zone. The visitors are led by a Mahout and have the opportunity to view the jungle from the back of an elephant. An adult elephant can transport four tourists at a time on the hauda, a seat attached to its back.  They are transported to the tiger site where the tiger can be seen in its native habitat. The management guarantees that guests have a pleasant and stress-free tiger-watching experience while causing the least amount of disruption to the tigers. Visitors can book an elephant safari at the Madhai entry gate, where they can also book other conventional safaris too.

In all the jeep Safaris mentioned above it may be noted that private cars are not permitted inside the zone, thus the Jeep Safari is limited to vehicles registered with the park administration. In the morning and evening, a total of 13 vehicles are permitted to access this main territory. Aside from the driver and one guide, each jeep may accommodate up to six passengers. To eliminate the possibility of safari seats becoming unavailable, it is recommended that entrance tickets should be booked earlier. The schedules for entering and exiting the safari vary depending on the season. During major festivals the morning and afternoon shifts are closed. The entry ticket can be purchased online at www.mponline.gov.in, through travel agents, or, if available, from the booking window at the National Park's entrance gate. At Satpura, instead of paying for the entire unit, one can book a single seat for a jeep safari. Single-seat reservations are only available for standardised zones online. Before embarking on the safari, the fee of the guide and the hiring price must be paid separately at the park and will be split evenly among the guests in the vehicle. During safari drives, all visitors must bring their original identification documents, which are checked at the entry gate. Tickets for the safari are non-transferable. This is common to all the Jeep Safaris.

Boat Safari & Canoeing

Aside from Jeep and Elephant Safaris, the Satpura Park management also offers boating on the Denwa River, which is recognised as the park's lifeline. The boat journey provides an excellent opportunity to see the beautiful grandeur of the Satpura hills and jungles, as well as crocodiles and even mammals nibbling near the river. A forest guide is also required for a boat safari. And, for the tourists who want to experience the pleasure of the water, canoeing is the way to do it. Madhai is the only place where you may participate in these adventure activities. Guests can take a boat ride as an optional activity during their stay. It is a fee-based service that guests can take advantage of by paying a deposit at the Madhai safari booking counter. Some resorts, similar to park management, provide guests with a boat excursion as an additional service during their stay.

Bori wildlife sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary is a part of the Satpura tiger reserve and one of India's oldest restricted locations. It dates back to British India and has a rich history of animals, some of which are now extinct, such as the Indian Cheetah. It is located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh and comprises approximately 646 square kilometres. The animal sanctuary is located in the Satpura range's foothills. The sanctuary is bordered on the north by the Satpura hills and on the east by the Tawa river, which also serves as the sanctuary's lifeline. The general concentration of wild animals in this terrain is quite high. Herbivore animal population is great here, and there are many pastures and marshy places, therefore it was chosen for providing new homes for hard-ground Barasinghas. Currently, it appears to be closed to tourists for jungle safari purposes. It is easily accessible from the Satpura national park's Bheemkund (Churna) gate.

Besides the Satpura National Park itself, there are several tourist attractions around the Satpura Park which are as follows.

Christ Church

Christ church is a primitive church built by the British in 1875 and one of the best places to visit around Satpura. Also known as the Protestant Church of Pachmarhi, it stands tall among large trees and an expanse of verdant greens. The church is shaped like a cross and largely represents Colonial architecture. It has a mystic pyramid-shaped bell tower on one side and its main entrance is graced with a rose window. The facade of this church is a blend of European styles with features of Irish, French, and British design patterns. The church is well-known for its beautiful multiple smudged glass art works that embellish the windows. Additionally, its stunning wall glass panels and the primary pulpit were imported from Belgium. The columns in the inner sanctorum are exquisitely carved. The shining joints of the circular end in the chiselled faces of angels, making it the most attractive part of the church. The Gothic style would immediately pique your interest, and further exploration would lead you to more fascinating tales connected to the church. The church, which is believed to have been built without even a single supporting pillar, has remained consistent and withstood the test of time making it a sight to behold. Since there are less number of Catholic families in or around the area, this church only opens for prayer and mass on Sunday mornings.

Pandav Caves

The Pandav Caves are a collection of five sandstone homes on a hill and definitely worth a visit. Various sources claim that caves were formed as early as the 1st century AD, while others claim that caves were formed in the 6th – 7th century AD or the 9th – 10th century AD. The architecture of the facades suggests that one of the later periods seems more likely to be true. Each cave's exterior is decorated with a number of panels and colonnades. Though the caves are rough-hewn, yet they are beautiful. One of the caves was used for meditation and features a lovely echo effect. Another cave was dedicated to Kubera, the Buddhist god of wealth. These caverns are thought to have provided sanctuary for the Pandavas during their exile. If stories are to be believed five caves were made for each of the five brothers- Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Nakul, Sahdeo, Bhima, and for their wife – Draupadi. Draupadi Cave (Draupadi Kuti) is the most spacious and best ventilated one and Bhima’s Cave (Bhim Kothari) is the darkest of them all. These caves are now a designated sheltered site and visitors come from all across India to see it. In the first century AD, these five caverns became a refuge for certain Buddhist monks, and they are now regarded sacred by Buddhists as well.

Jatashankar Temple

Jatashankar is a natural cave and Hindu holy temple located 2 kms from Panchgarhi, in a deep canyon surrounded by massive boulders. Not only that, these caves also house Stalagmites, which are worshipped as their natural shape is in the form of lingams and they are astonishingly 108 in number. The cave's stone structures resemble Sheshnag, the celestial snake with a hundred heads and the Jambu Cross flow emanates from the cave's loose boulders. The cave has a mysterious brook of water that runs through it and the source of the water is unknown to anyone. As a result, it is known as the 'Gupt Ganga’ adding more religious significance to the place. Furthermore, there’s a naturally formed Shiva lingam that can be seen under the shadow of a massive rock inside the cave. Near the cave, there are two small ponds out of which one has cold water and the other one has hot water in it. On a raised console in the cave's upper section, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati's idols are equipped. These naturally formed Shiva lingams are revered by the followers. As per the legend attached to this temple, Demon Bhasmasur, who was a fervent devotee of Shiva, misused the boon granted to him by Lord Shiva whereby he could turn anyone into ashes just by touching their head. He intended to test the power of this ability on Lord Shiva himself, due to which Lord Shiva fled to a cave through a tunnel and is said to have lost his matted jata, or hair, while running through the cave. As a result, the location was given the name Jatashankar.

Bee Falls

Massive amounts of water plunging from a great height in the middle of a beautiful jungle forms The Bee Falls, also called as Jamuna Prapat Falls. This is one of Pachmarhi's most popular tourist attractions, and the instant you descend the hundreds of steps to the base of the fall, you get spellbound by its gushing beauty. It is well-known for supplying water to the entire town of Pachmarhi. This waterfall is named so because as it cascades from that height it sounds like a bee from afar. A pool forms below the waterfall and another one forms just above it. It is a popular picnic spot for both locals and tourists, as well as a popular swimming spot. To enjoy the refreshing experience, stand under the cool shower or take a brief plunge in one of the many rocky pools. Everyone is awestruck by the sight of the waterfall cascading down the lush valley. You can reach Bee Falls by hiring local transportation, such as a Jeep, you can cover the rest of the distance by trekking for a long stretch down the steps. Be cautious because it might become slippery during the monsoon season. When you arrive at the falls, the view is picturesque and the burst of water is refreshing. You will also find small vendors serving snacks and tea throughout the fall.

Boat Club Lake

Nestled amidst the country’s thickest forests, this place is an excellent spot to take a break, rejuvenate and feel the peaceful vibes of the environment. Also known as Champak Lake, the place is an ideal location for spending quality time with family, go boating or enjoy activities like horse riding and zip lining.  The adjoining restaurants and dining options are the key attractions  of this location, where visitors can enjoy delicious bites while overlooking the calm lake. MPT Champak Bungalow, a classic British Bungalow stands by the Pachmarhi Lake and is remembered for its matchless service, a perfect location, and a captivating atmosphere.

Dhoopgarh

Dhoopgarh is the highest peak in the Satpura Range that stands at an altitude of 1350 metres above sea level. Besides being Pachmarhi's highest point, it is also the highest point in Madhya Pradesh and Central India. It provides the best views of Pachmarhi as well as the neighbouring lesser Satpura and Vindhya peaks. Seeing the awe inspiring sunrises and sunsets from this point is an unforgettable experience. This location is also a popular picnic spot. The best time to visit Dhupgarh is during the monsoon season, when the city is engulfed by a flimsy sheet of monsoon clouds and refreshing green vegetation. The sole means to reach Dhoopgarh is to hire a jeep and then trek; the path can be challenging as it crosses through ravines and gorges. The tranquil habitat and the Dhupgarh Fall are two of the main draws here.

Handi Khoh

Handi Khoh, one of the most picturesque gorges in Central India, with a 300-foot-high cliff in the centre of a lush forest. Encircled by a thick jungle and slithering waterways, Handi Khoh is associated with mythological stories. Having a legendary past, this place is thought to be directly related to Lord Shiva. Handi Khoh is widely believed to have been a lake in the past. Lord Shiva defeated an evil demonic serpent that was protecting the lake, and the ferocity of the fight parched the entire lake, and the air pocket that was formed resulted in the shape of a handi (pot). Handi Khoh is well-known for its peaceful charm and old-world beauty. It is one of the most picturesque spots to visit near Satpura because of its alluring environment and exciting trek. It also makes for a great place to click pictures to add to your photo gallery.

Mahadeo Temple

This ancient cave temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions near the Satpura area. Also known as the Gupt Mahadev, this Shiva temple is located at an elevation of 1363m. Nestled among the Mahadeo Hills, the sacred temple houses a magnificent statue of Lord Shiva as well as one of the country's most exquisite shivlings.  The path is restrictive and winding, with a Lord Hanuman Statue at the entrance, and only 7 to 8 people can enter at a time. A cave on the hill's eastern side includes gorgeous cave paintings as well as a sacred pool where worshippers bathe. This is an intriguing and mysterious location where religion and adventure combine to offer an unforgettable experience.

Reechgarh

Reech garh translates into the home of Bears in Hindi. Its name is derived from a local folklore as per which, this cave was once housed by a giant bear. The path up to the cave is densely forested, and serves as natural air conditioner, with pleasant breeze blowing through them. This is a massive cave with rugged terrain and a fascinating interior. Old rivers that dried up ages ago formed the canyon. Because of its natural beauty, the film 'Asoka' was shot here. Hiking here is an extraordinary experience for nature lovers! Keep an eye out for the sandstone formations along the route and remember to also check out the 'Echo Point’.

Best Time to Visit in Satpura

Satpura National Park is best visited from October to June. Each month and season, on the other hand, offers a distinct experience. From October through February, the arrival of winter draws a large number of migratory birds, and Denwa provides the ideal backdrop for their home. The woodland is rich green, with a diverse range of plants and fauna.

How to Reach Satpura

Bhopal Airport is the nearest airport to Satpura at a distance of 128 kms This is also famous as the Raja Bhoj Airport. Cheap flights from Delhi to Bhopal and Mumbai to Bhopal, Chandigarh to Bhopal, Hyderabad to Bhopal, Chennai to Bhopal are available. From the Bhopal Airport, you can hire a taxi to Satpura.

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