Satpura National Park
Satpura National Park is located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in India. Its name is derived from the Satpura range. It covers an area of 524 km2. 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 to 1,352 metres. It has Dhoopgarh peak as high as 1,350 metres (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 away. The state capital Bhopal is 210 kilometres away.
Satpura national park lies in Central India where moderate weather conditions prevails. Summer season prevails from March to June and during this time temperature reaches 30 °C in morning hours and 40 °C in day-time. May and June months are of peak summer time with heat waves but in higher regions the temperature remains low. Monsoon arrives in July month and lasts till September or October months. The average rainfall in the region is about 1300–1700 mm. Winter season can be experienced from November to February during which temperature dips to 4 °C in morning hours around Pachmarhi Plateau and 15 °C in daytime. The lowest temperature is recorded as low as 1 degree in Pachmarhi. The winters are generally bright and cloudless with light showers in early November.
How to Reach Satpura National Park
The railway station is at Itarsi, about 50 km away, is the biggest railway junction of Central India; several other stations like like Narsinghpur and Pipariya are within this radius.
The nearest airport is in Bhopal, about 190 km away.
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.
Wildlife you can see during Satpura Jungle Safari
Satpura national park, along with its surrounding buffer-zone area have a large and diversified population of wildlife which are rarely seen in other national parks. This forest area is unique in its ecosystem and have a long history of wildlife conservation which is evident from the list of wildlife species currently present. The fauna of Satpura National Park is a stunning jungle treat for wildlife enthusiasts as one can find about 50 species of mammals, 254 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 50 species of butterflies here. Beautiful birds species including malabar whistling thrush, paradise fly-catcher, honey buzzard, malabar pied hornbill etc. are present in large numbers.
There is presence of wide variety of flower species and moist conditions thus are ideal conditions for various butterfly species to flourish like Oakleaf, Black rajah, great eggfly, blue pancy etc. Along with birds and butterflies its fauna comprises spotted deer, Indian bison (Gaur), tigers, leopards, wild boar, wild dog (locally called Dholes), sloth bear, black buck (unique attraction), porcupine, sambhar, four horned antelopes (chowsingha), pangolin, marsh crocodile, languars etc. There are about 14 species of endangered mammals and reptiles in the Satpura Tiger reserve. Indian Giant squirrel is one of the special feature of Satpura Tiger Reserve as it is rare in India now. Some of the species like Indian giant squirrels, flying squirrels, Rhesus monkeys are endemic to the Central India.
Let’s Plan your Satpura Jungle Safari !
At JungleTrail, we customise your packages as per your requirements. Generally, 2 or 3 nights package would be ideal to explore the entire forest and have the best wildlife experiences. There are 2 jungle safaris in a day. One starts early morning and the other in the afternoon. All our packages includes transfers from the nearest railway station or the airport, stay with all meals and jungle safaris as per the plan. Kindly fill in the form on the page with your requirements and we shall get back to you with a complete Itinerary designed for you.
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