Although the least known national park in Central India, Satpura National Park boasts a rugged landscape comprised of sandstone peaks, dramatic ravines and clear waters. Established in 1981, the park is virtually unspoiled by mass tourism and shelters diverse wildlife within the 524km² it spans. Satpura is literally translated as ‘Abode of Serpents’ and there is a sacred snake image imprinted on the banks of the river Sarpagana.
Satpura National Park is home to a myriad of fascinating animals including tigers, leopards, sambar, chital, four-horned antelope, bison, wild boar, crocodiles, black buck and wild dogs. It is also a prime location for spotting the sloth bear. Satpura is a bird-watchers paradise, with hornbills and peafowl just two of the many species that inhabit the park.
There are over 1300 species of wild flora to be discovered within the national park, amongst them teak, bamboo, sal and a range of medicinal plants.
The park has a large tiger population and is widely considered to be one of Central India’s best kept secrets. It is unique in that visitors are granted the privilege to explore the reserve in many varied ways – by foot, by canoe or kayak, on elephant back, or by jeep. The park is open to tourists from October to June. Tickets for Satpura National Park can be purchased at the ticket office outside of Bison Lodge in nearby Pachmarchi. Amongst the many sites this ticket provides access to are Bison Lodge Museum, exploring the history and wildlife of the Satpura region, and the spectacular Bee Falls and Duchess Falls.