- Wildlife Destinations
Satpura Wildlife Sanctuary
Satpura is an often over-looked wildlife reserve. It is a magical place where every true wildlife lover should visit to appreciate a peaceful Indian jungle. It is a big step away from the hustle and bustle of safari jeeps. This beautiful hilly terrain of Satpura, also boasts deep gorges, rivulets and untouched forests. Satpura is situated in the Satpura Ranges of Hoshangabad District in Madhya Pradesh. Along with adjoining Pachmarhi and Bori Sanctuaries, Satpura National Park covers 1427 km2, otherwise it covers an area of 524 sq.km. In Satpura there are a number of different ways of watching wildlife. This distinguishes itself from other tiger reserves in India. You can take a jeep safari, elephant safari, a walking safari or a boat safari along the river. Given its National Park status in 1981, this unspoiled, highland eco-system of Satpura National Park can definitely be described as a unique wildlife destination.
Satpura has an extremely rugged terrain and consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls, thickly dense green forest of Sal. It is also the home of the vast Tawa Reservoir. The un-even altitude ranges from 290m to 1352m. The highest peak of any national park is in Satpura National Park i.e. Dhoopgarh, which has an altitude of 1400m. As it is the highest peak of Madhya Pradesh, sunlight reaches this peak earlier than any other landscape in the state.
The sheer bio-diversity of Satpura National Park is stunning, with over 1300 species of plants. The main flora of the park includes Teak, Sal (the most abundant), Tendu and Mahua.
Being a part of a unique eco-system, Satpura National Park has a very rich bio-diversity. Its fauna comprises of Spotted Dear, Indian Bison(Gaur), Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Wild boar, Wild dog (locally called Dholes), Sloth bear, Black Buck, Porcupine, Sambar, Four-horned Antelopes (Chowsingha), Smooth Otter, Pangolin, Marsh Crocodile, and Languars etc. Indian Giant squirrel is the special feature of Satpura National Park as it has become increasingly rare in India. Sighting of Leopards, Gaurs, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear are good in comparison to other national parks of Central India. Bird-watching in Satpura National Park is excellent. Tiger sightings in Satpura are not as impressive as the nearby Bandhavgarh, Kanha or Pench National Parks, but the unspoilt nature of this national park is definitely worth a look.