Am letting you into a closely held secret, by revealing a National Park in the heart of India. It is only here you can see tigers and leopards roam free without being accompanied by hordes of tourists.

You approach the park, not by car or jeep but, hold your breath, by boat . Designated  boats  of the Forest Department  take  you across  the lovely river  DENWA to the Madai entrance of the park.

The banks of the rivers are very scenic and you need to watch out for the water birds; resident and migratory.

River Denwa
Denwa River and the Satpura National Park Jetty

The Satpura National Park is unique in numerous ways .It is the only Park I have been to which you can explore by foot, by boat , on and elephant and by road on a jeep.

It is a mere 3 hours or  200 kms from Bhopal ( we took 6 hours  as we stopped all along  the way. Have written about Bhopal and the drive to this National Park in separate blogs ( do check out http://www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com) .

We stayed at the unique  Forsyth Lodge, where I spotted vultures , horn bills,and numerous carnivorous PLANTS.

Forsyth Lodge
Forsyth Lodge

A tip to all who are reading this blog is:  ensure you have a great guide . The key is to have a guide who knows both the flora and the fauna of the region. Go for the guides who belong to the region as only they can help you discover some of the hidden treasures of forests.

A good guide  ensures you savor every moment in the forest and leave you completely mesmerized . Saleem was such a guide who showed us plants and birds I would never have noticed.

brilliant naturalist saleem
Saleem at the Forsyth Lodge

Elephant safaris are very special,  make sure you do not miss out on this experience.

the staircase to elephant point
the  elephant ramp

I prefer to make friends with the elephants before they take me into the depths of the forest.

Elephant and I
Elephant and I

We were fortunate to see this larger than usual ,herd of Sambar crossing a river.  This rugged and extremely diverse forest encompasses both rivers and mountains.

I christened it as THE MIGRATION IN INDIA.

Male Sambar beckons his followers
Male Sambar leads the way

Some are scared to enter the water.

In two minds
In two minds

The crossing in progress as many swim across.

astute swimmers
astute swimmers

This Buzzard is all eyes.

oriental buzzard
oriental buzzard

The ants are busy  making their homes from leaves and are least interested in the activities of others.

red ants
red ants

This spectacular forest in Central India has captured a special place for itself in my heart for all time to come.

The entire region is a treasure trove and the drive back to Bhopal took us to Bhimbetka.

Before I sign off i leave you with this glimpse of the rock shelters of  Bhimbetka. A fantastic  Paleolithic site over a 100,000 ( a hundred thousand) years ago. . It is also where I sighted my first  Egyptian Vulture.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.


      1. Oh I am obsessed with India!!! She’s a beauty and a flip book with so much to offer . If only we had committed authorities and more civic sense !


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