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Madai – a safari in the Satpuras

A junior recommends this charming treasure near Pachmarhi, the only hillstation of MP and we are glad to have gone there during our biking expedition. It is that away-from-the-crowd the-road-less-taken type tourist spot. The name is Madai (pics here on Fotki), a resthouse run by the MP forest department in the Satpura tiger reserve. We book our rooms at the Bison lodge in Pachmarhi (bookings have to be done here or at Hoshangabad). We take a diversion on the Pachmarhi-Hoshangabad highway to reach the other side of the Madai resthouse. A boat crosses the Tawa dam reservoir, taking us to the simple rooms there.

Deer welcome us at the resthouse and playfully stroll along us. Just one more foreigner stays in another room and goes on a tiger count with the big officer during the night. How we would have loved to go on a night ride in the park! (Un)luckily, Airtel and Reliance signals are plenty here unlike Pachmarhi and so we are able to speak to our lady love. But it would have been ideal to have had them in this romantic idyll. Post a few experiments, the moon is caught in its natural beauty like this.There are few words to describe the joy of sitting near a bonfire surrounded by deer with moonlight soothing us. There is no electricity in the resthouse, which adds to the charm. Having hot food in such a blissful setting is again incredible. The night passes peacefully, though we occasionally hear sounds from the wild. After all, the tigers and the bears are not far.

The day starts early just like any national park and we are off on a jeep safari at 7am. We spot loads of deer (black buck and sambhar) and some wild boar too. We only see some pugmarks of a leopard. We come to a green meadow where we are delighted to watch our national birds running away. Some bison are also happy to pose for our trigger-happy friend. As we come to the end of our trip, we decide to go on an elephant ride. This is my second such thing in a month’s time, the first having been in Panna during the Khajuraho trip. But my friend has a natural instinct to take pictures and he comes with one (with the shadows) I like most. Soon after this, we hit the road for Indore, having had one of the most unique experiences ever of a lifetime. We will be glad to go back more often!

Categories: Indore getaway, Travel
  1. sk
    3 March 2007 at 12:42 am

    Nee enjoy maadi :–)

  2. dr. abhishek mishra
    22 November 2010 at 10:02 am

    Plzzz tell me hw can I get booking from indore to visit madai national park

  3. nk johri
    18 May 2011 at 10:17 pm

    The Satpura range is full of wild life. The best part of the area is a migration of birds during late December and early January. Once upon a time this place was also famus for TIGER population and their hunting which resulted now to ZERO of this beautiful species. Childerns must be tought about nature and Satpura range is best place for vaccations during harsh winters of North.

  4. Anonymous
    18 December 2011 at 6:18 am

    madai national park

  5. Anonymous
    18 December 2011 at 6:22 am

    FUL ENJOY madai national park DAY & NIGHT

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  6. Er. shrey agarwal
    7 February 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Plzzz tell me hw can I get booking from indore to visit madai national park

  7. Raj jbp
    15 May 2012 at 1:25 pm

    A very beautiful place

  8. manoj vanjani
    23 November 2012 at 1:28 am

    Plzzz tell me hw can I get booking from indore to visit madai national park man0j vanjani 09423414894

    • Ravi Robinson
      15 May 2013 at 11:53 am

      Hi you can come to madai jungle 2 ways. (1)From Indore you can travel by own transport through Bhopal then follow road toward Hoshangabad (Madai is in Distt. Hoshangabad) from Hoshangabad follow road toward Pachmari . After Hoshangabad you will pass Babai, But before Sohagpur you will see the sign on your right Madai. From main road madai is 16 KM away. ..there you can stay under 2000 Rs per room in Madai guest house. To have 2.30 hours or LONGER TRIP in Gypsy will be about 3500 Rs to 6000 Rs per Gypsy. Which you will get there with experianced driver. Take some dry fruit and drinks with you becouse its JUNGLE.
      Tips… Come to Madai very early early morning. or stay across the river in Madai Resort. Go in early morning in Gypsy…then there is a chance to see more wild animals.
      (2) From Indore come by train to Itarsi . There you can take 7/8 seater taxi less then 1800-2000 Rs. to Madai. then stay in Madai Resorts. And Enjoy Wild Life.

  9. Akhilesh Chouhan
    28 January 2013 at 10:40 am

    How to get hotel booking.

  1. 5 April 2011 at 11:55 pm

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