What you will experience on this tour
Experience the best of Indian wildlife that includes the Royal Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Lions, Black Leopard, Indian Leopards, Snow Leopards, Red Panda, Asian Elephants, and a plethora of reptile and bird species, with experienced naturalists while you stay at the best-selected premium wildlife lodges and hotels.
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Tour Overview - Satpura and Pench Tour
Mixed montane forests encapsulate the highly rich biodiverse region of the Satpura Mountain Range which left Captain James Forsyth enchanted as he navigated these undulating glades on horseback. At altitudes of close to 600m, the central highlands of India include Satpura and Pench Tiger Reserve, which are home to some of the most enthralling flora and fauna. Amongst the big Mammals: The Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Wild Dog, Leopard, Gaur, Sloth Bear, and the Indian Giant Squirrel take centre stage as you traverse either on foot, canoe or your safari vehicle, the options here are endless.
Trip Highlights - Satpura and Pench Tour
Detailed Itinerary - Satpura and Pench Tour
Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi
Meet and greet on arrival at New Delhi Airport by our representative. He will transfer you to the hotel, assist you with a smooth check-in at the hotel, handover and explain all the travel-related documents. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: New Delhi – Bhopal – Satpura (flight + 180 kms/3hrs drive)
Early morning, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Bhopal. You will be received by our driver at the Bhopal airport, who will drive you to Satpura National Park. On arrival, check into lodge. Post lunch, head out for your first afternoon game drive. On return, dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 3: In Satpura National Park
All meals and overnight at the lodge.
Satpura Tiger Reserve offers host of activities to choose from. Apart from the usual jungle safari, one can engage in a variety of options to spot wildlife. Whether it’s a walking safari, a canoe through the Denwa river or a night drive through the buffer zone of the park, you’re most certainly in for a thrill.
Satpura National Park is highly rich in bio-diversity. Its fauna comprises of Spotted Dear, Gaur, Tigers, Leopards, Wild Pigs, Wild Dogs (locally known as Dholes), Sloth bear, The Rusty Spotted Cat, Sambar, The Four Horned Antelope (Chowsingha), Pangolin, Marsh crocodiles, Langurs etc. The Indian Giant squirrel is a special feature of the Satpura National Park.
Bird-watching in Satpura is also a major highlight with over 300 species of birds frolicking around. Here, you are likely to encounter a variety of birds during your stay and safari.
Day 4: In Satpura National Park
Morning game drive to the national park. Later we will depart for Churna Camp through the national park with your lodge naturalist between 2:30 and 3:30pm. On this drive guests have a chance to see Leopard, Sloth Bear, Indian Giant Squirrel, Four-Horned Antelope, Indian Munjac and other herbivores. If lucky, there is also a chance of seeing Wild Dogs and possibly a Tiger. On arrival at Churna Camp, guests will be welcomed with refreshments and dinner. Food here is basic and vegetarian as the area lies within the core area of the Tiger Reserve. At the camp you have a good chance of seeing nocturnal beings like owls and the Indian flying squirrel.
Overnight stay at the forest guest house at Churna Camp.
Day 5: In Satpura National Park
On this day, wake up before the crack of dawn and depart for the national park. As you make your way through the encapsulating forests of Churna, there is a site with pre-historic rock paintings worth visiting. Some of these paintings range between 100 to 10,000 years old. On your way, stop for breakfast at a forest camp. Post breakfast, depart for the Lodge as you continue your safari through the national park. Post Lunch at the lodge, head out for either afternoon boat safari, canoeing or a walking safari. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 6: Satpura - Pench (260 kms/5-6 hrs drive)
Morning game drive to the national park post which, you will check out from the lodge and depart for Pench National Park. On arrival, check into lodge.
Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 7 - 8: In Pench National Park
Morning and afternoon jeep safari to the national park. All meals and overnight at the lodge.
Pench welcomes you with open arms and without conditions. This park is located between four different Mountain Ranges – Aravali, Vindhyanchal, Satpura and Maikal. The tracks are smoother, the trees are thicker with dense undergrowth, and perhaps this is the main reason why the herbivore population here is larger in size compared to most of Central India’s National Park.
The skies are home to birds of prey and their distinctive calls. Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after the Pench river which flows from north to south through the National Park. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, also bordering the state of Maharashtra.
In 1992, Pench was included under the umbrella of “Project Tiger” as the 19th Project Tiger Reserve.
A total of 758 Sq. kms of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest has its extent mingling with the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is has several intertwinging streams and ‘nallahs’, most of which are seasonal. Though, the Pench river dries up toward the end of April, a number of water pools locally known as ‘dohs’ are found here, which serve as water holes for the wild animals. The Pench reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period.
As the prey concentration is high along the Pench river, Tigers usually inhabit and frequent this belt. Leopards generally operate in the peripheral areas but have been frequently seen in the deep forest in recent years.
In Pench, Cheetal, Sambar, are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in search of food throughout the park. Packs of upto 15 or more wild dog can be seen near Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Herds of gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches, mostly in summer months. Sloth bears occupy the rocky areas and favor mahua, bel infested forest tracts. Chinkara, though present in small numbers, is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages.
Day 9: Pench – Nagpur - New Delhi (By road, 100 kms/2 hrs drive + flight)
Morning game drive to the national park and post lunch, transfer to Nagpur Airport to board your flight back to New Delhi. Meet our representative at the New Delhi Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.
Day 10: New Delhi Fly back home
After breakfast, transfer to the International Airport to board a flight back home or to an onward destination.
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