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The wonderful sub-tropical forest environment that extends across the reserve is ideal for wildlife with 42 tigers having been recorded here in 2012 as well as 3000 of wild boar, nearly 1000 barking deer. Occasionally crocodile and crested serpent eagle are also seen.

The Pachmarhi plateau is the highest part of the Satpura Hills reaching an altitude of about 1220 metres with Dhoopgarh being the highest peak in Central India at 1350 metres. The ‘Satpuras' are ancient mountains running west to east parallel to the Vindhya range in the north.

The park is also a real paradise for bird enthusiasts. The steep vertical escarpment that climbs from the forest floor is home to numerous raptors including honey buzzard and black eagle. Other birds here include Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar whistling thrush, paradise fly catcher and both grey, and red jungle fowl.

The presence of numerous streams, dense foliage, wild flowers, woodland edges attract a great diversity of colourful butterflies including orange oak leaf, black rajah, great egg fly and blue pansy.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: sloth bear, rhesus macaque, chital, Indian giant squirrel, wild dog
  • Where: Madhya Pradesh, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Walking in the Steps of Sloth Bears

A gentle and rewarding walking safari in the land of sloth bears and wild dogs, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. For tiger fans, a visit to Pench at the end of the trip is a highlight, with almost guaranteed sightings from your safari vehicle.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Rock End Manor

Rock End Manor is a small, well-restored, colonial bungalow set in beautiful gardens on a hillside in the Pachmarhi plateau. The property features six very comfortable, traditional rooms with huge tiled bathrooms. The verandah offers fantastic views over the hills and gardens.