Madhai

Madhai is located at the entrance of the most exquisite and beautiful forests in India – Satpura. Few places in the world can compete with its raw wilderness, absolute tranquility and the air of mystique. It delights you with its rich wildlife, sprawling meadows, unending backwaters and spell-binding views that leave you awestruck and get you to be completely in sync with the magic of nature.

In the verdant forest you look up, and the green canopy of the tall Sal trees meets your eyes with tiny blue patches of the sky showing through the openings. As your eyes wander downwards, on the ground, grasses and shrubs harbour, half-hidden from your view, chital, gaur and sambar. Even if you do not see a tiger, probably a tiger has been you as you drive through the forest.

The emerald green meadows, valleys densely wooded with thick stands of Sal & Teak, hill slopes covered with mixed forests of Saja, Bija, Tendu and Bamboo, and the plateau with grasslands scattered with stunted tree growth are the homes of the spectacular wildlife of MADHAI.
Streams criss-cross the terrain and the river Denwa meanders along the MADHAI forests. As a jewel on the heart of the Central Indian highlands, Satpura Tiger Reserve lies nestled in the Mahadeo range of the Satpura Mountains.

Satpura National Park (Madhai) is located in the Satpura hill ranges and surrounding area; mainly in the Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh (near Pachmarhi). The area forms part of the largest remaining contiguous forest in India. It is, in itself, a unique area of highly natural and diverse land resources. This area is also outstanding in its bio- diversity and for many years has been a paradise for botanical scientists. The nature of the terrain, which is both rugged and largely difficult to access, has afforded the area a significant degree of natural protection.

The variety of altitude, slop and rainfall give rise to rich and luxuriant vegetation, which is among the most noteworthy in India. Both the principal timber trees of India, the North Indian Sal and the South Indian Teak are found in the area. Also present are Bamboo and mixed miscellaneous forest and a rich variety of ferns including tree ferns, bryophytes and other plant groups. The amazing diversity of plants includes around 1300 flowering and non-flowering plants are found here. Trees like Palas whose flowers streak the forest with vermilion in March. And Jamun whose fruits are relished by birds and animals alike, to ground-hugging grasses and the picturesque Bamboo that few know is really a grass.

It contains a large number of rare and endemic plants, especially bryophytes and pterdiophytes like Psilotum, Cythea, Osmunda, Lycopodium & Lygodium etc. that must be protected from extinction. On higher plateaus of Satpura Tiger Reserve (National Park) Sal forests exist on Gondwana Sandstone, whereas on lower plains, Teak forests grow on basaltic traps. It is interesting to note that some species, which are not common elsewhere in Madhya Pradesh, are found in this area. These are Malastoma Malabthricum, Maraya Paniculata, Holmkildia Senguines, Blumea Lancelaria, Sophora Interrupta etc.
Though famous all over the world for the awe-inspiring Indian Bison or Gour, Madia is home to 30 species of mammals, almost 200 species of birds, over 26 species of reptiles and innumerable species of insects.

Madai Sanctuary harbours a great variety of wild animals including the endangered Tiger, Leopard or Panther, Wild Dog, Wolf, Sloth Bear, Indian Bison, Samber, Chital or spotted deer, Chinkara, Chousingha or Fur horned Antelope, Barking deer, Nilgai, Ratel, Pangolin, Smooth Indian Otter and Marsh Crocodile. This area has historically been renowned for Tiger, Gaur and Sambhar; the latter two supposedly in the finest sizes found in the country. At least 14 endangered species of mammals, birds and reptiles inhabit these forests. The Flying Squirrel, Indian Giant Squirrel and Mouse deer must be regarded among the most sensitive to habitat changes. Also noteworthy is the presence of both Red and Grey Jungle Fowl, which are usually, found separately either in north or South India respectively. This protected area is also a paradise for people interested in avian fauna; more than 210 species of birds can be seen, which include Malabar pied Hornbill, Malabar Whistling Thrush and the State bird Paradise Flycatcher. The area especially that around Pachmarhi to Madhai is extremely rich in butterflies and over 50 species are recorded. These include the Orange Oak Leaf, which resembles a dry leaf perfectly when sitting with its wings folded. One gets to see its brilliant orange and blue colors only when it flies or opens its wings to bask in the sun.
Meticulous efforts go into keeping madhai in its pristine form. Ever vigilant staff is posted at strategically located forest camps. They patrol the forests day in and day out, in the scorching heat of summer, in the chilling cold of winter and in the lashing of the monsoon to ensure the safety of the wildlife and of its habitats against fires, poachers and intruders.
To these and other efforts is credited the fact that Madhai is one of the best protected wildlife areas not only in India but also in the whole world. This area is archaeologically and anthropologically very important, there being more than 100 rock shelters with beautiful paintings dating from 3000 to 10,000 years old, which facilitate studies of human evolutionary history. A great deal can be learnt from these paintings, which are among the finest examples of rock paintings in India. They depict battles, ceremonies, processions, hunts, group dancing, honey collection, fishing and numerous other daily activities.

 

Tawa

The Tawa Dam & Reservoir offers a scenic escape from the hustle bustle of city life. It is set amidst lush greenery, and offers much scope for adventure. Sunsets viewed from the dam are especially enchanting. Even more enchanting is the lake cruise, which takes you on a serene hour-long ride along the dreamy little islands dotting the reservoir and the panoramic hills of the Satpura to Churna. Here you can indulge in a jungle safari at the Satpura Tiger Reserve.

Best Places to Visit

Few places in the world can compete its wilderness, tranquillity and mystery. They offer you adventure, the thrill of wild life safaris and tiger trekking on elephants. At the same time they also offer you beautiful views of the forests, mountains, deep gorges and rivers that leave you spellbound. “Silence here speaks louder than words.. not to your ears, but to your heart”.

Regular Jungle Safaris run by the eco tourism development committee take you into the heart of the Satpura forests. Sightings of wild life are common and offer great opportunity for photographers. Separate fee is charged for the still and video cameras by the forest department. The Safari is on chargeable basis and the charges range between Rs.600 to Rs.1600 depending on the length of your trip.

 

Safari Timing

Safari Rounds Entry Time Exit Time
Morning Safari (Normal) 06:30 Hrs. 11:00 Hrs.
Morning Safari (Longer) 06:30 Hrs. 12:30 Hrs.
Full Day Safari 06:30 Hrs. 17:00 Hrs.
Evening Safari 15:30 Hrs. 17:00 Hrs.
Elephant Safari 07:00 Hrs. 11:00 Hrs.

 

Safari Vehicle

Just like any other national parks of Enchanting Madhya Pradesh, here also open Safari Jeeps are used to visit the Jungle. In any safari vehicle, total 08 persons are allowed to sit in which 01 guide & 01 driver are compulsory to accompany the visitor during park safari or game drive. It means in a single vehicle 01 to 06 tourists can sit together. Unlike any other national parks of Madhya Pradesh, here safari vehicle are owned & managed by park authority. It means, here we will not find difference in safari vehicles standard/design as we find in Kanha national park, Bandhavgarh or in Pench National Parks. Still, in record, luxury resorts have donated the vehicles to forest department and during safari, they get their same donated vehicle with their resort logos in vehicles. As it is not a crowded wildlife destination, their will be no difficulty or struggle to get safari tickets except in festival or new-year weekends.
After completion of all formalities, one can go ahead to enjoy the jungle safari. Here safari begins from crossing the Denwa river through motor boat, provided by forest department. It gives a pleasure of small boat ride in early morning when sun is peeping from satpura hills. On reaching the next shore, one may have to wait for 5-10 minutes for jeeps and some more formalities. Here forest department accommodation are available and most interesting thing is to share some time with spotted Deers, Blue Bull Babies, Chousingha Babies etc. One can touch them, feel their closeness. Actually they are the wild animals seized from nearby villages, house holds who had put them in enclosures illegally. Such wild animals and their babies are sheltered here in open, feeded time to time by forest officials and can be seen any time roaming freely without any fear of human presence.Once all the formalities will be completed, take the safari jeep with guide & driver and begin the game drive. No-one is allowed to get down from vehicle except at some points where visitors are allowed to do so like in elephant camp, Lagda camp, view points etc. Here safari is a great experience for those who enjoys the wildlife in an aggregation of trees, birds, mammals and reptiles. As is now their is no route system in Satpura park but due to time limit, visitors usually cannot go beyond some points so as to reach exit point in time to avoid any penalty.

Elephant safaris in the dense Satpura jungle give you a rare experience of a lifetime. The thrill of exploring the forest trekking the tiger in dense areas are thrilling to say the least. The chances of rare wild life sightings are very high as the elephant can walk deep within the forest with almost complete silence, at times so close to the wild life that it will send shivers up your spine.

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Motorboats available from the eco tourism development committee in Madhai take you on back water rides on chargeable basis. Sighting of wild life and migratory birds is very good and gives you great photo opportunites.

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A nature guide will take you to the edge of the river Denwa and help you identify some of the rarest of migratory bird species that flock the waters just in front of our resort. In fact, you can sit in your balcony reading a book on water birds, and at the same time sight them through a Binocular. The guide can also take you to the adjacent forests and help you identify and click more birds.

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Located in the tribal forest village of Sarangpur, Madhai Wild Life Resort offers you a unique opportunity to experience and photograph the tribal lifestyle of the Satpuras. Our guides will take you to their fields, plantations and homes, help you talk to them, understand their faith and art, and hear tales of the forest from those who once lived in it.

Best Season to visit

Satpura national park is open for tourists, from 01st October to 15th June. During this period, we can visit this beautiful tiger reserve and enjoy the Jungle Safari, Boating, Walking Safaris and Elephant Rides. It is located in Madhya Pradesh state of Central India. For reaching Satpura national park, nearby airport options are Bhopal airport (160kms), Jabalpur airport (250kms), Indore airport (320kms) and Nagpur airport (340kms). For further journey from these airports, we offer tourist taxi services. From October to June months, park remain accessible for all the visitors. Here Winter season prevails from November to February month and Summer season can be experienced from March to June month. During monsoon period, park remain closed for visitors.

Best time to visit Satpura national park is from October to April month. During this period, most of the tourists visits this national park. Still if we go by month wise data, we will find that from October to December and March to May, tourists arrival is high and rest of the time, it remain average.

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