Satpura National Park is located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in India. Its name is derived from the Satpura range, covers an area of 524 km2. Its name Satpura is a sanskrit word, which simply means Seven-hills. It is part of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. Most of the Satpura range was heavily forested, but the area has been subject to gradual deforestation in recent decades, although significant stands of forests remain. These forest enclaves provide habitat to several at risk and endangered species, including the Tiger. The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests. The altitude ranges from 300 to 1,352 metres (984 to 4,436 ft). It has Dhoopgarh peak as high as 1,350 metres (4,430 ft) and the almost level plains of Churna. Satpura National Park is one the areas of this landscape preserved marvelously for protection of flora and fauna.
Satpura National Park is the entrance to dense forests, rich wild life, sprwling meadows, large backwaters and beautiful views of nature that leave the traveller awestruck. It is the place where every true wildlife lovers should must visit to appreciate the peaceful jungle, away from hustle & bustle of safari jeeps, beautiful hilly terrains, deep gorges, rivulets, virgin forest locations etc. The wide varieties of animal are the main attractions of the place and you will not return empty handed. This park is ideal for wildlife photography. Tiger reserve is offers panoramic view of nature at its best with rocky mountain peaks, gorges, gurgling water falls, sparkling stream, dense deep valleys, rivulets etc. This unexplored hill station was first explored by Captain James Forsyth of British Army in 1857.
Flora & Fauna :
Satpura National Park is very rich in biodiversity. It is home to tigers, leopards, sambar, chital, Indian muntjac, nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, Gaur, wild boar, wild dog, bear, black buck, fox, porcupine, flying squirrel, mouse deer, Indian giant squirrel, and numerous species of birds. It is inhabited by the Korku and Gond tribes. There are a variety of birds. Hornbills and peafowl are common birds found here. Here we can find 50 species of mammals, 254 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 50 species of butterflies and much more. Attractive birds species includes , Malabar whistling Thrush, Paradise Fly-catcher, Honey Buzzard, Malabar pied Hornbill etc. The flora consists of mainly sal, teak, tendu, Phyllanthus emblica, mahua, bel, bamboo, and grasses and medicinal plants. Various ways of wildlife watching distinguishes its from other tiger reserves of India. Here one can do jeep safari, elephant safari, walking safari & boat safari. The environment of this park is just out of this world with more than 1300 different species of plants available like the flora includes sal, teak, tendu, mahua, bel, bamboos, bushes, unrestrained lantanas and large number of medicinal plants about which you must not have heard also. Wildlife in Satpura National Park encompasses 50 species of mammals, more than 30 species of reptiles and 254 species of avi-fauna.
Best time to visit :
In the summer days the place experiences the temperature of 32° in average and in winter the temperature falls to 20° in average. The best time of the year to visit the Satpura National Park is between the months of November to May. During monsoon season, park remain closed for visitor due to poor accessibility inside park forest. The park is closed for visitor from 30th June to 30th September.
How To Reach :
By Air : The nearest Airport is Jabalpur Airport (265 km) and Bhopal airport (225 km). Both are well connected to all major city of India.
By Rail : Their are many ways to reach Satpura National Park by train transportation. Nearby railway stations for reaching park are: Sohagpur (18kms), Hoshangabad (45kms), Itarsi (65kms) & Pipariya (40kms).
By Road : Satpura National park is close to Pachmarhi hill station and can be easily travelled by road from cities like Bhopal, Jabalpur, Chindwara, Nagpur. It is in Hoshangabad district and well linked by road from other places.
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