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Satpura and Pench national park safari



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            TRIP OVERVIEW
Category
National Parks Safari Photography
Location
Nights
09
Accommodation
4 & 5 Star Lodges
Safari vehicle Transportation

Tour Highlights

New Delhi – Bhopal – Satpura - Pench – Nagpur – New Delhi Fly Back Home

 

 

  • James Forsyth an English traveler in India who became a Civil Servant in East India Company. He was a hunter par excellence and travelled on foot extensively in the Central Provinces. His travel about 150 years back covered areas from Satpura to Pench to Kanha, Amarkantak and into Chattisgarh. In this program we explore and follow the trail experienced by him along with all the natural beauty which he found en-route.
  • This program takes you to Satpura national park, named after the Satpura hill range. The park is good with sightings of Sloth bears, Leopards, lot of other wildlife and the elusive Tiger. The Tigers of Satpura are shy compared to the other parks of the region.
  • You will also visit Pench National Park an important part of Junglebook is based on this park. Tigers are bolder here relatively. Wild Dogs, Indian Gaur, and over 250 species of birds have made Pench their home.

 

Day wise Breakup of tour

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi (by flight)

On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you and assist you in check in at the hotel. He will handover and explain all the travel related documents. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.

Day 02: New Delhi – Bhopal – Satpura (flight + 180 kms, 3hrs drive )

Host of activities in this national park to choose from apart from the Jungle safari, like, choice of Canoe, Motor Boat, walking safari, elephant ride & night safaris in the buffer forest.

Satpura National Park is very rich in bio-diversity. Its fauna comprises of Spotted Dear, Indian Bison(Gaur), Tigers, Leopards, Wild boar, Wild dog (locally called Dholes), Sloth bear, Black buck (unique attraction), Porcupine, Sambhar, four Horned antelopes (Chowsingha), Smooth otter, Pangolin, Marsh crocodile, Languars etc. Indian Giant squirrel is the special feature of Satpura National Park as it is rare in India now. Sighting of Leopards, Gaurs, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear is good in comparison to other national parks of Central India. Bird-watching in Satpura National Park is great. Here very frequently we can see variety of birds during stay and safari.

Tiger sighting of this national park is not so impressive as compared to nearby Bandhavgarh, Kanha or Pench national parks. So it is required when we go for jungle safari in national park, we should not go with single mindset of tiger-sighting but enjoy sighting all members of national park as they are equally share the jungle with tigers and are extremely beautiful creatures of nature.

Meals and overnight at Jungle Lodge

Day 03: Satpura

After relaxed breakfast drive to Agra, 220kms, 4 hours drive. On arrival check into hotel. Evening visit Mehtab Bagh to see Taj Mahal at Sunset. Mehtab Bagh is a charbagh complex in Agra, North India. It lies north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plains. The garden complex, square in shape, measures about 300 by 300 meters and is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.

Day 04: Satpura

Morning game drive to the national park and later we will depart for Churna Camp through the national park with a Reni Pani Jungle Lodge naturalist between 2:30 and 3:30pm. On this drive guests may see Leopard, Sloth Bear, Indian Giant Squirrel, Four-Horned Antelope, Munjac and other common herbivores. If lucky, there is also chance of seeing Wild Dog and Tiger. We reach Churna Camp by sunset where guests will be served early drinks and dinner. Food will be basic vegetarian Indian cuisine cooked at the Forest Rest House. At the camp there is a resident Giant Flying Squirrel that we will attempt to see.

Overnight at forest guest house at Churna Camp

Day 05: Satpura

Wake up will be half an hour before sunrise and departure at sunrise. We will do a short game drive in the forests around Churna where there is a significant amount of predator movement. Near Churna Camp there is a site with pre-historic rock paintings. If you are interested in seeing these rock shelters the early morning hours can be used to arrange a visit. After the drive we will have breakfast at the camp. Post breakfast we will depart for the Lodge and end the safari before 11:00 am. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon boat safari, canoeing, walking safari & elephant safari subject to availability. Overnight stay at the lodge

Day 06: Satpura - Pench (260 kms/5-6 hrs drive)

Morning game drive to the national park and later drive to Pench national park 260 kms/5-6 hrs drive. On arrival check into lodge.

Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 07: Pench

Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Morning Jeep safari to the National park and afternoon visit to Khursapar zone of the national park.

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, perhaps one reason why the herbivore population here is larger in size compared to Kanha and Bandhavgarh.

The skies are home to eagles and their distinctive calls. Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench River which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh.

In 1992, Pench has been 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 crisscrossed by a number of streams and 'nallahs' most of which are seasonal. Though the Pench River dries up in April end, a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found 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 a prey concentration is high along the Pench River, tiger usually inhabits and frequents this belt. Leopards though generally operate in the peripheral areas but are occasionally seen in the deep forest also. Jungle cats are commonly seen. Leopard cats, small Indian civets and palm civets are seen rarely.

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 anywhere in 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 commonly in summer months. Sloth beer occupy the rocky areas and favour mahul bel infested forest. Chinkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages.

Dinner and overnight say at the lodge

Day 08: In Bandhavgarh

Breakfast and Lunch at the Resort. Morning and afternoon Jeep safari to the national park. Bandhavgarh
The national park is mainly known for the density of its tiger population. This is the place where famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. The other wild attractions in the park include Leopards, Blue Bulls, Indian Gaur (Bison) Chausingha (Four Horned Antelopes), Spotted Deers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears Fox, Jackals, Wild Dogs, etc. There are at least 22 mammal species and about 250 bird species in the Park. The other animals found in Bandhavgarh are Ratel, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel, Lesser Bandicoot rat, the Jungle Cat, and the shy Hyenas. The reptile population in the park includes Cobras, Kraits, Vipers, Ratsnakes, Pythons, Monitor Lizards and turtles. The two-primate species - the rhesus macaque and the Hanuman langur - inhabit Bandhavgarh.

Day 09: Pench – Nagpur - New Delhi (by road 100kms/2 hrs drive + Flight)

Morning game drive to the national park and after lunch transfer to Nagpur airport to board at 1720 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 1900 hrs. Met at airport and transfer hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi

Day 10: New Delhi Fly back home

Morning free for leisure activities and later transfer to International airport to board a flight back home or onward destination




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