Witness the breathtaking flora and fauna in Satpura with Forsyth! Along with comfortable eco-lodging facilities, their thrilling Jungle Safaris & Buffer Zone Camping will let you experience everything raw & real. Contact Forsyth Lodge on (91) 98100 93312 & make your wilderness experience unforgettable!
Standing sentinel to the surrounding lowlands, the Pachmarhi Plateau has mesmerized travellers for eons. Millions of years of erosion have sculpted a wildly beautiful mountain landscape – a verdant home to endemic plants and birds, elusive mammals, a diverse group of butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians and reptiles, the most magical scenery and clement climate. Steeped in legend and mythology, it is the sole hill station in India that remains virtually unchanged. It is, perhaps, exactly how James Forsyth saw it as a nineteen year old boy.
In the forest, time stands still. Bewitched by the sylvan treasure of the Pachmarhi hills, Captain James Forsyth of the Bengal Lancer wandered along this path in the 1850s. We walk in his footsteps over 150 years later, awed by the same natural beauty that captivated him. Tread the same passage that led him through stunning landscapes and rare forest wealth on his way to the discovery of Pachmarhi – the virgin hill station of Central India.
BUFFER ZONE CAMPING
Resting on the banks of the Denwa River, the JamaniDev campsite is an ideal place to tuck in after a long day of adventure. It starts with an adrenaline-pumping Dusk Safari in the buffer zone – a rare opportunity to witness creatures of the night. A local forest guide and our naturalist help you spot owls, wild cats, bears, civets, etc. If you’re lucky, you may meet the world’s smallest wildcat – the Rusty-spotted Cat.
JR. RANGERS PROGRAMME
Good instincts aside, knowledge and experience can take you a long way as an explorer of the wild. At Forsyth, we offer an interactive course that teaches you the ways of the jungle. Conducted by our experienced naturalists, this certified course will help you learn the craft of exploration, enriching your future adventures. Spend two hours a day with our naturalists and see the wilderness come to life.
CHURNA - FULL DAY SAFARI
Churna lies at the heart of Satpura Tiger Reserve, in the depths of the wilderness. The area is more of a flatland and is home to a mix of broad leaved forest and grasslands – a great terrain for herbivores like Gaur, Chital, Nilgai and Sambar. Minimal and ascetic, Churna Guest House offers an unadulterated taste of wild India. You can choose to stop here for a lunch break between safaris or opt to stay overnight.
There’s nothing quite like exploring Satpura Tiger Reserve in an open top jeep. Accompanied by our experienced naturalists and Satpura’s local guides, each ride takes you into heart of the wilderness. In an effort to reduce the pressure of tourism in the area, the authorities restrict the number of vehicles in the reserve, keeping you away from crowds and close to all the action.
Start at the crack of dawn and cross the Denwa River as life in the forest slowly wakes up to daylight. Cruise along favoured resting and feeding spots and track the ever elusive predators of Satpura. We know that the adrenaline rush can leave you famished, so it’s a good thing we made breakfast reservations at a pile of volcanic rocks. You can also choose to venture out in the afternoon and admire the sun retreating in the azure sky.
To truly understand the secret ways of the jungle, to appreciate the workings of its innermost recesses, to observe and interpret the signs, to savour the smell, the wilderness – you have to take to your feet. Led by a vastly experienced tracker of the Reserve and guided by our own naturalist, step into a world quite different from your own. A walk in the jungle is a walk of patience, and the rewards you reap are even sweeter. The landscape opens up its coffers slowly – a rare bird, a shy squirrel or a curious chitallocking eyes with you merely a few feet away. Perhaps a chance meeting with the jungle cat? The forest has a number of surprises in store – things you may miss in a jeep four feet off the ground.
The Denwa River is where you’ll find the fauna of Satpura unfold. While delicately reducing the pressure of motorized vehicles in the area, a canoe safari offers a new perspective of the jungle. The exposed mudflats and islands provide the best feeding and nesting grounds for waders and birds, and being on a canoe offers you an up close view of the proceedings.
With just the sounds of the paddles hitting the water, you’re not merely an observer but part of the scenery. The birds and animals blend seamlessly into their vibrant world, unmindful of your presence. Early winter mornings are surreal with the mist rising from the water. Afternoons are bathed in sunlight, making room for a scenic siesta while the evening sunset turns the Denwa into a sea of molten gold.
As enjoyable as it is to watch wildlife in the day, twilight brings a whole new colour to the jungle. The dusk drives in the buffer zone are in collaboration with tribal villages nearby. They reduce tourism pressure in the core area and enable night time patrolling of the forest.
Our naturalist and a designated forest guide expertly navigate the terrain at dusk so you can observe nocturnal animals. In addition to civets, porcupines, owls and nightjars, you stand the chance to see some beautiful beasts by watering holes, quenching their thirst under the cover of night. May we suggest a quick stop to admire the night sky that envelops you with a blanket of stars, as if to say good night.
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