Central India’s least-known national park, established in 1981, is located in Madhya Pradesh state, 210kms (or some four hours drive) from the state capital, Bhopal, and 55kms from Piparia, the nearest railhead.

The reserve covers an area of 524sqkms, which is trebled by the adjoining sanctuaries of Bori and Panchmarhi, creating a unique highland ecosystem. The rugged terrain consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests ranging in altitude from 300 to 1,352ms.

The park is rich in biodiversity – its fauna includes tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, bhedki, nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, bison (gaur), wild boar, wild dog, bear, blackbuck, fox, porcupine, flying squirrel, mouse deer and Indian giant squirrel etc. Among the various birds, hornbills and peafowl are common. The flora consists of mainly of sal, teak, tendu (much prized for wrapping India bidi cigarettes), Indian gooseberry, mahua and bel trees, bamboo stands plus a variety of grasses and medicinal plants.

Satpura is starting to emerge as one of India’s most intriguing wildlife destinations, Not many travellers venture here yet, and you can enjoy walking safaris and watch wildlife from hides around the park. Tiger stalk the parks terrain, along with prey species such as nilgai and sambar, however as they are less habituated to human presence than other reserves, they are shy and even harder to see. However the delightful environment makes Satpura a worthwhile addition to any itinerary.

  • Ideal for viewing: leopard, nilgai, sambar, tiger, wild dog
  • Where: Madhya Pradesh, India
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