Explore nature’s pristine beauty on foot, live the jungle safari thrill in Madhya Pradesh’s Satpura National Park

This one is strictly for nature lovers. India is one of the few countries that is blessed to have National Parks and Tiger Reserves in abundance. Many states in the country can boast having more than one national park within their borders.

One-of-a-kind experience: While each has something new and unique to offer to its visitors, the Satpura Tiger Reserve, located in the scenic Satpura mountain range, is the only one that permits a walking safari, which is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

Bush walks are a fairly common practice in African countries, but not so much in India. The reasons range from the dangers of poaching to irresponsible tourism.

3-hour drive from Bhopal: But thankfully one can explore the beauty of the jungles on foot at this Tiger Reserve, which is a three-hour drive from Bhopal, the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Anyone who has been on a Jungle Safari can vouch for the peace and tranquility that engulfs you as you go deeper into the jungle. They will also tell you of the thrill of spotting an animal in the wild.

Now imagine experiencing both these sensations as you walk through the pugdundees in the forest, the crunch of dry leaves beneath your feet and the merry chirps of the birds over your head.

Walk is undertaken in reserve’s core area: The walk is undertaken in the core area of the reserve and, for safety as well as educational purposes, is helmed by an expert guide who knows the jungles and its inhabitants inside out. An average walking group consists of two to four people, and the walk can last up to three to four hours.

There is a certain charm in taking it slow, observing every tiny detail in the forest, the fluttering of a butterfly, or the curves and craters of a termite hill.

While it may not be the best way to spot as many animals as you can on a safari (because of the restricted scope of the area covered), it definitely is an immersive way of engaging with the flora and fauna at its pristine best.


(Story by Diva Agrawal)