Plan your visit

Plan your visit

At Forsyth our naturalists curate guided experiences across the diverse and enigmatic landscape and create memories that bring our guests back for more. From exploring varied habitats for Leopards, bears, tigers and antelopes to discovering over 360 species of birds across different seasons and even counting tree species across the varying altitudes up to Pachmarhi, the naturalists help you uncover the secrets of this lesser known tiger reserve which has started tourism only about 10 years back.

We would like to invite you to Satpura and experience it firsthand with our expert naturalists who will take you for hikes and help you decipher the signs, smells and sounds of the jungle like never before.

You will learn to track the stealthy and charismatic Leopards, Sloth bears or a pack of Dholes and even get a chance to spot the beautiful antelope, Chausingha or the Four-horned Antelope on jeep drives. And if luck favors you, even the most elusive Tiger which is planning an ambush, away from sight in the nullahs and gullies of these highlands.

You will canoe or take a boat safari across the backwaters of the Tawa reservoir to view numerous water birds up close and even paddle close to the mugger in small channels inland. The dusk drive will show you creatures of the night like the smallest wildcat in the world, the Rusty spotted cat and others which only leave their shelter in the cover of darkness.

A 3-night stay is recommended and ideal to experience the varied activities in the reserve, the lodge and also increase your chances of sightings by entering the reserve multiple times.

2 Nights & 3 Days

Day 1 Arrival by 1200Hrs

Check-in and briefing of the property & the Tiger reserve.
PM – Canoe Safari on the Denwa Time taken : 2 to 3 hours

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.

Day 2

AM – Safari drive in the Core zone with packed picnic breakfast
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 the heart of wilderness. In an effort to reduce the pressure of tourism in the area, the authorities have restricted 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 favored 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.

PM – Dusk Drive in the Buffer zone. Time Taken : 4-5 hours

As enjoyable as it is to watch wildlife in the day, twilight brings a whole new colour to the jungle. 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 wish you a good night.

The dusk drives in the buffer zone are in collaboration with tribal villages nearby and help reduce tourism pressure in the core area and enable night-time patrolling of the forest.

Day 3

AM – Walking Safari in the Core/Buffer zone. Time : 3 to 4 hours
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 chital locking 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.

You might just discover some pre-historic rock art or find that elusive little bird or butterfly. Satpura is the perfect place to explore on foot.

3 Nights & 4 Days

Day 1

• Check-in to the lodge by 1200Hrs
• Lodge and park Briefing followed by lunch.
• Time at leisure to explore the 44 acres or take a quick dip in the pool or have a look at the
organic garden.

PM – Dusk Drive in the Buffer zone. Time Taken : 4-5 hours

As enjoyable as it is to watch wildlife in the day, twilight brings a whole new colour to the jungle. 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 wish you a good night.

The dusk drives in the buffer zone are in collaboration with tribal villages nearby and help reduce tourism pressure in the core area and enable night-time patrolling of the forest.

Dinner – Indian or Continental in an Indoor or Jungle setting

Day 2

AM – Walking Safari in the Core/Buffer zone. Time: 3 to 4 hours

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 chital locking 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.

You might just discover some pre-historic rock art or find that elusive little bird or butterfly. Satpura is the perfect place to explore on foot.

Return to lodge for an Indian or continental breakfast!

Time at leisure for a village walk

Lunch with Indian or continental menu to choose or pre-book a traditional village lunch.

PM – Afternoon Safari in the core zone. Time: 3 to 4 hours

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.

A la carte snacks & drinks by the pool

Followed by Dinner

Day 3

AM – Safari drive in the Core zone with packed picnic breakfast

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 the heart of wilderness. In an effort to reduce the pressure of tourism in the area, the authorities have restricted 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 favored 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.

Time at Leisure to catchup on some sleep or cozy up to a book in the library or treat yourself to are juvenating massage.

Lunch

PM – Choose from a Property walk/Dusk drive/Canoe Safari

Return to the forest under cover of darkness and watch the nightlife come alive around you.

Farewell Dinner

Day 4

AM Boat/Canoe Safari on the Denwa backwater

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.

Checkout

Churna Night-Stay

Churna forest rest house is one of the oldest rest houses in the middle of the core area built by the English. If you would like a glimpse of life in those days, then you could choose to stay at the forest rest house at night with complete wilderness around and the sounds of the jungle to keep you company. The rest house is quite basic with solar power and simple food cooked on the Chulha. We make it comfortable for you to enjoy this nostalgic stay.

This can be added to a 3-night itinerary by booking two consecutive jeep drives of one evening and the following morning.

4 Night Safari With Camping
Satpura Tiger Reserve gives you the privilege of camping in complete wilderness of the park unlike any other reserve in the country. At Forsyth we can add a night at a camp as an extension with your stay at the lodge to experience this night under the stars.

A 4-night stay is recommended to make the most of the camping night, which is mobile camping completely on request, and for you to slow down the pace of your holiday to completely immerse in the wilderness of Satpura.

Day 1

Arrive at the lodge by 1200Hrs

Orientation, briefing before Lunch
Safari briefing with Tea/Coffee

PM – Canoe Safari on the Denwa Time taken : 2 to 3 hours

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. Afternoons are bathed in sunlight, making room for a scenic siesta while the evening sunset turns the Denwa into a sea of molten gold.

Return to the lodge for snacks and drinks next to a fire and enjoy some stargazing.

Dinner with briefing for next day

Day 2

Wake up with Tea/coffee

AM – Safari drive in the Core zone with packed picnic breakfast

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 the heart of wilderness. In an effort to reduce the pressure of tourism in the area, the authorities have restricted 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 favored 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.

PM – Time at leisure to catch up on your sleep or explore the organic garden in the property or go for a nature walk or village walk with your naturalist.

Dinner

Day 3

Wake up with Tea/coffee

AM – Walking Safari in the Core zone. Time: 3 to 4 hours

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 chital locking 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.

You might just discover some pre-historic rock art or find that elusive little bird or butterfly. Satpura is the perfect place to explore on foot. Return to the lodge for Breakfast/Brunch

Leisure time to use the pool or walk on the property for birding

PM – Tea/Coffee and preparation for camping night

Buffer drive to arrive at camping site about 20Kms away from the lodge

Camp briefing and show around. Watching the sunset and settling into your tents. After dark you take a walk with the naturalist and learn to setup camera traps in nearby jungle pathways. You might also look out for insects and small amphibians and reptiles around the campsite. Once you come back the sky is ablaze with a thousand stars and you can hear the sounds of the jungle and the water gushing in the nearby river. Enjoy the silence of a night in the jungle broken by the captivating stories our naturalists regale you with around the campfire before dinner is served.

As the lights are turned down, you can try your hand at night photography before turning in.

Day 4

Wake Up call with Tea/Coffee

Get ready for a hike
With a small, packed snack into the surrounding areas of the campsite, looking for animals and checking the camera traps. Explore this area for its varied landscape as you spot birds and identify trees. Look for butterflies, spiders and insects.

Come back to camp for breakfast before heading back to the lodge.

Village lunch at lodge
A traditional meal prepared by the village ladies in the courtyard on wood fired Chulha.

Time at leisure for getting some rest.

Tea/Coffee followed by

PM – Dusk Drive in the Buffer zone. Time Taken : 4-5 hours

As enjoyable as it is to watch wildlife in the day, twilight brings a whole new colour to the jungle. 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 wish you a good night.

The dusk drives in the buffer zone are in collaboration with tribal villages nearby and help reduce tourism pressure in the core area and enable night-time patrolling of the forest.

A la carte Snacks & Drinks at the Swimming pool

Dinner

Day 5

Wake up at leisure to walk around the property or have a swim in the pool.

Breakfast with a choice of Indian or Continental

Checkout

Forsyth Trail

If you love walking and exploring the wild and want to switch-off from the rest of the world, this is the itinerary for you.

This 3-4nights fully customized itinerary, uphill or downhill, will take you into the depths of Satpura in complete wilderness with all the comforts taken care of. You will walk the trail taken by Capt. James Forsyth about 150 years ago and rediscover the plant, animal and insect life and the signs of primitive man in form of rock paintings, who would have roamed these secluded forests around Pachmarhi.

You will camp in room style tents and sleep in comfortable beds with hot water bottles to keep you warm. Our naturalist and staff will make sure you have everything from hot water for a bath to hot food with a blazing fire when you arrive at the camp in the evening after exploring the entire day.

If you are interested, do get in touch with our Naturalist and they will help you design this expedition that will create a memory of a lifetime and your story to tell your grandchildren.

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