The Satpura National Park is the least known and least visited park in Central India and takes its name from the Satpura hill ranges of Madhya Pradesh.
Created in 1981 the park covers an area of 524 sq km and along with the adjoining Bori and Pachmarhi Sanctuaries, provides 1,427 sq km of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem.
Satpura National Park supports an array of mammals that include the tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, bison, wild boar and wild dog. It's a great place to see the sloth bear and a good number of sightings have been recorded recently. There are a variety of birds, hornbills and peafowl being the most common ones.
The flora of the national park consists of mainly sal, teak, mahua, bamboo, and a variety of grasses and medicinal plants.
The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges and ravines. The scenery is beautiful, with the densely forested hills reflected in the vast sparkling water of the Tawa reservoir.
Though it's one of the most exciting tiger habitats, Satpura is not the best place to see tigers, but as it's virtually free of tourists, you have the privilege of exploring the reserve in a way unknown in any other tiger reserve — on foot, by canoe or kayak, by jeep and from carefully sited hides.
The nearest town to the national park is Pachmarhi and the nearest railhead is Piparia, 55 km away. The state capital Bhopal is situated at a distance of 210 km.
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Places near Satpura National Park
- Pench Tiger Reserve 82 miles away
- Kanha National Park 150 miles away
- Tadoba National Park 174 miles away
- Maheshwar 174 miles away
- Panna National Park 183 miles away
- Bandhavgarh National Park 192 miles away
- Khajuraho 192 miles away
- Orchha 198 miles away
- Bhainsrorgarh 242 miles away
- Gwalior 256 miles away
- Bundi 263 miles away
- Aurangabad 263 miles away
- Ranthambhore National Park 267 miles away
- Ramathra 278 miles away
- Chittorgarh 283 miles away
- Chambal Sanctuary 295 miles away
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