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Central indian wilderness expedition

Date Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:32

Kanha National Park -: The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "Jungle Book". The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Park's landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park's fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia. The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog , besides hosting numerous bird species.

Satpura National Park -: Part of an ambitious government initiative that seeks to preserve and reclaim dwindling forests, is a landscape of hills and ravines. As your eye ranges carefully over this readily visible contrast, you will begin to notice the many small things that make the National Park unique—an intersection of North with South, and indeed, East with West, never mind what the good Mr. Kipling said. A zone of meeting, mingling and divergences of transitions and continuities While the terrain is largely hilly, the action of the local streams over many millennia has resulted in deep and narrow gorges and ravine—a landscape that perfectly suits the reclusive habits of the tiger. The Tawa reservoir and the many streams that feed into it--such as the Denwa and the Sonbhadra--ensure that a good part of the park is well-watered. This confers on those who arrive here the privilege of being at the exact place where several habitats coincide and overlap. Apart from the tiger and the leopard, the area is also home to Gaur - the Indian Bison, to the Sloth Bear, to several species of deer, the Chausingha or four-horned antelope, and the Nilgai antelope, the wild dog, the wolf, the hyena and the Rhesus Macaque. The Malabar Giant Squirrel and the Mouse Deer, unusual species for Central India, have also been spotted here. Among the smaller mammals reported are the Indian Civet, the Palm Civet, the Indian Porcupine, the Bengal Fox, the Black-naped Hare, the Jungle cat and the Rusty Spotted Cat.

Pachmarhi -:Madhya Pradesh’s only hill station fondly knowns as “The Queen of Satpura “ is surrounded by waterfalls, cave temples and the forested ranges of the Satpura Tiger Reserve and offers a refreshing escape from steamy central India. Chief attractions here are the fairly relaxed walks with excellent birding and of course great views over these rugged mountains. There are good chances of seeing birds like the Long-tailed Minivet, Red whiskered bulbul, Indian Grey Hornbill, Crested serpent eagle & butterflies like Blue pansy, Forget me-not, Orange oak leaf & Baronet among others.

Dec 1st 2015: Today morning our representative will meet & pick up the team from the Nagpur Railway Station at 8 Am. We will drive straight to Satpura National Park (Approx 330 Kms / 7 – 8  Hrs ). Packed Lunch enroute will be provided. Upon arrival we will check in to the wildlife resort . If time permits we may have a round of birding in the evening.

Dec 2nd 2015: Full Day will be spent in the Jungles of Satpura . We cross the Denwa at the crack of dawn to watch the Satpura Reserve come alive—birds, mammals, reptiles and more. Look out for the impressive ghost tree, the frankincense tree, and more. Our naturalists, and trackers from the reserve, will stop and point out to you the bits of the unfolding action you might have missed. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the tigress who frequents this part of the jungle or a sloth bear on prowl for a meal. Evening back at the hotel. Dinner & O/n at Satpura.

Dec 3rd 2015: Today morning we will undertake a boat safari to the northern edge of Satpura -  bordered by the enormous reservoir of the Tawa Dam which adds enormously to the scenic splendour of this park. The boat will take us across the Denwa into its many little bays and inlets. Here you may observe, unobtrusively, animals stopping to drink, or shy marsh mugger crocodiles sunning themselves. You’ll need a little list to keep track of the birds you might pass on the sandbanks: sandpipers, red wattled lapwings, cranes, herons, stilts, and five kinds of kingfisher. Indeed there is no better way to watch and photograph birds. Most people are addicted after the first experience. On several occasions we have sailed gently along observing wild dogs hunting, or bears foraging for food. Once the safari finishes we return to the lodge for breakfast , check out and make our way to Pachmarhi ( approx. 100 Kms / 2 Hrs ) . Here we will check in to the hotel and have a hearty meal before we begin further exploration if this idyllic hill station. At about 3 PM we set out on a walk to Lady Robertson's view. This is a fairly relaxed walk with excellent birding and of course great views over these rugged mountains. There are good chances of seeing birds like the Long-tailed minivet, Red whiskered bulbul, Indian Grey Hornbill, Crested serpent eagle & butterflies like Blue pansy, Forget me-not, Orange oak leaf & Baronet among others. During the walk you will also visit the Agam Triveni site which provides possibly the best view of a deep gorge. Later in the evening we visit Dhupgarh – the highest point of Central India to watch a spectacular sunset. Return to the hotel , have a briefing session on the days sighting , and retire to bed after a good dinner. O/n at Pachmarhi.

Dec 4th  2015: Today early morning we will set out on a walk for Jatashanker Cave and temple named after the matted locks of the God Shiva whose abode the Satpura Hills are supposed to be. Jambu Dweep is the stream outside the cave and the track you will follow will be via the tranquil Twynam Pool, this walk provides some excellent opportunities for bird watching , also if lucky we can see several vulture roosts and nest on the ledges of the sheer red cliffs. This is quite exciting, as all across the subcontinent vulture populations have been severely affected by a combination of diclofenac in the food chain and other environmental and biotic factors. Return to the hotel for breakfast, after which we check out and proceed to undertake a day long drive to one of the most famous national parks of India – Kanha National Park ( Approx 330 Kms / 7- 8 Hrs Drive ) . Upon arrival we will check in to our comfortable lodge , followed by dinner. O/n at Kanha.

Dec 5th 2015: Full Day will be spent exploring the jungles of Kanha. Jeep Safaris are the best way to experience Kanha’s wildlife and wild habitats. Safaris are conducted early morning and in the late afternoon by qualified and experienced naturalists in open 4x4 Suzuki jeeps that have been specially fitted with front-facing, elevated seats to enhance the safari experience. Kanha opens from sunrise till 11:00am and then from the late afternoon until sunset. The park permits entry only after sunrise while exits must be before sunset, so timings tend to change with the season. Places of interest inside the park include Shravan Tal, Bahamani Banjar, Kanha Meadows and the Interpretation Centre. Evening we gather at the lodge to discuss the days events and sightings. Dinner & O/n t Kanha. 

Dec 6th 2015:Today early morning we take another exciting safari in the jungles of Kanha. We return to the Lodge for breakfast & check out. Our trip to this magical wilderness of central india draws to a close , we leave our lodge by 10 Am and drive back to Nagpur by 6 Pm , here we bid good bye to each other with a promise of meeting back in the jungles we hold so dear to our heart. 

  • Accommodation on Twin Sharing Basis 
  • All transfers & sightseeing using Ac Innovas ( 06 Pax Per Vehicle ) Ex Nagpur 
  • All meals from Day 1 Lunch to Day 6 Lunch with Packed Meals wherever Applicable 
  • 03 Jeep Safaris in Kanha Zone  ( 01 Premium Zone & 02 Non Premium Zones ) inclusive of Jeep Charges , Guide Charges & Entry Permits
  • 02 Jeep Safari in Satpura National Park inclusive of Jeep Charges , Naturalist Charges & Entry Permits
  • 01 Boat Safari in Satpura on Denwa  Backwaters with Naturalist 
  • 02 Birdwatching Trails in Pachmarhi with excursion to Dhupgarh. 
  • 01 BNHS Expertise FOC 
  • All Taxes.
  • Any expenses of personal nature , tips & porterages , camera charges , etc

Hotels used

HOTELS USED / SIMILARDESTINATIONMEAL PLANNO OF NIGHTS
Bundela Safari Lodge / Similar Kanha AP 2
Hotel Pachmarhi / Similar Pachmarhi AP 1
Madhai Wildlife Resort / Similar Satpura AP 2

Notes

The above program depends upon the hotel & safari availability at the national parks, no booking have been made so far & the same will be subject to availability at the time of booking, if necessary we may have to shuffle the program as per the availability.