This was the 4th Day of our Road Trip To Madhya Pradesh. We got up early at 4.30 AM and everybody was ready by 5.30 AM. Our Gypsy arrived at the Tiger Inn Resort, Tala at 5.40, the driver took us to the Safari Booking Interpretation Centre for Picking up the Guide from there. All Gypsy start from the Interpretation Centre , Tala.
we had booked the Khitauli Zone which is the core zone in Bandhavgarh National Park. Our safari started at 6 AM. We reached the Khitauli zone Gate where our original documents were checked. After documents verification we were allowed to go inside the Zone.
After having some good sighting of the wildlife we reached the Mid Point Khitauli Zone at 9 AM. The mid point has some snack shop to have a little breakfast. There was maggie, pakodas, omlet etc in the shop. We had some pakodas which were good in taste.
After having some snacks we again started out safari ahead.
The safari experience was amazing as if we did not saw the Tiger but the wildlife we saw in Khitauli Zone was amazing.
Bandhavgarh National Park ( Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve) is in Umaria District, Madhya Pradesh. It is the best Tiger Reserve in India for the sighting of Tiger, due to the highest density of Tiger's. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. Bandhavgarh National Park has 3 core zone's which are Tala, Magadhi & Khitauli Zone. The best zone is Magadhi but other zone's Tala & Khitauli are also good for tiger seighting. There is a Morning & Evening Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park everyday. The Booking for the Gypsy car can be done online. The booking per seat in Gypsy can also be done online.
For Booking link is https://forest.mponline.gov.in/eBrochure/eBrochureDetails.aspx?parkid=1
We did morning safari in Khitauli Zone & evening safari in Maghadi Zone. We did our booking from this site for which we paid Rs 1500 online and the rest we paid at the booking counter at Interpretation centre, Tala (Bandhavgarh National Park). Total safari booking charges for full Gypsy (6 person)
Online Rs 1500
Total = Rs 4480
The Booking Counter at Tala opens at 5 AM for morning safari & 1 PM for evening safari for the tatkal booking of Gypsy at the booking counter directly for the next safari. There are only 6 Gypsy available for tatkal booking at counter, 2 Gypsy in each zone. Counter also opens at 7 PM for online booking conformation.
The nearest Railway Station is Umaria which is 32 Kms from Tala has a direct Train from Delhi. The nearest airport is Jabalpur which is 165 Kms from Tala.
There are many Resort & Hotel in Bandhavgarh. The best is to book online in advance because the main market of Tala (Bandhavgarh National Park) is very small and it's not easy to find hotel directy there. We stayed at Tiger Inn Resort which is 500 Meter from Tala Gate. The room charge was Rs 1500 including Breakfast. There are not any Restaurant in the Tala market, So prefer all meal's in your Hotel or Resort. Though the market of Tala is very small but still it has a wineshop .
The Best Season for Tiger sighting is from March to June.
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To be continued.....Next Part on Magadhi Zone Safari in which we had great sighting of the Tiger.
After our Khitauli Zone safari we reached our resort at 11 AM. We saw good wildlife in Khitauli Zone but we were not lucky to have the Tiger sighting.
We did our breakfast at 11.30 AM in our resort, After having breakfast I straightaway went to the Interpretation Centre, Tala for the tatkal booking of the safari. It was 12 PM when I reached booking center. The booking center open's at 1 PM for the tatkal booking of the safari. The counter opened at 1 PM and I was lucky that there was nobody at the booking center for the booking, So I easily got my prefered Safari Zone. The best Zone for Tiger sighting is Magadhi Zone which I booked for the evening Safari. I paid Rs 4000 for the booking of complete Gypsy, It is Rs 80 less than online booking because when you book online the online charges are there which is Rs 80.
The Gypsy reached our resort at 2.45 PM, The driver took us to the Interpretation centre, Tala to pickup the Guide.
We reached Magadhi Zone at 3 PM.
We had a really great sighting of the Tiger in the Magadhi Zone.
After completing our safari we reached our resort at 6.30 PM. We were so tired after doing 2 safari in a day. We had dinner at 8 PM and straightaway went to bed.
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18th March 2020
This day we started our Journey from Tala (Bandhavgarh National Park) to Pachmarhi. After having Breakfast, we started our journey at 8.30 AM. The route which we took was Tala - Umaria - Shahpura - Jabalpur - Narsinghpur - pipariya - Pachmarhi. The distance we covered was 435 Kms. The road condition was fair all over just some bad patch before Jabalpur otherwise the road was fine. There was no Toll Tax on this route. we did sightseeing on the way to Pachmarhi.
Our resort in Tala -Tiger Inn Resort
Umaria Railway Station
On the way the countyside was really beautiful.
We reached Dhuandhar Falls at 12.30 PM, After 4 hours of journey from Tala. Dhuandhar Falls is a waterfall in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Dhuandhar is derived from two Hindi words - Dhuan (smoke) + Dhar (flow) meaning a waterfall where we get smoke-flow. Dhuandhar Falls is located
on Narmada River in Bhedaghat and are 30 meters high. There is a small market at Dhunadhar Falls where you can buy statue of various god's carved in marble stone.
Nearest town to Dhaundhar Falls is Jabalpur which has Airport & Railway Station and well connected with rest of India. There are lot of accomodation facilities available in Jabalpur. Jabalpur is just 20 Kms from Dhuandhar Falls. There is a Ropeway Facility availabile at Dhuandhar Falls which takes you over the Narmada River and while crossing the river it gives really amazing view of Dhuandhar Falls. Ropeway charge is Rs 95 per person, below 3 years child is free.
Dhaundhar Falls ( The Misty Falls)
There are few restaurants in the parking area of the Dhuandhar Falls. The best time to visit Dhuandhar falls is during Sharad Purnima, when Narmada Mahotsava get celebrated. Best season to visit Dhuandhar Falls is from September to March. After enjoying the bustling Dhuandhar falls, We did our lunch in the restaurant at Dhuandhar Falls parking area at 1.30 PM.
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After having lunch at Dhunadhar Falls, We reached Nauka Vihar Bhedaghat which is just 500 Mtr from Dhuandhar falls Parking.
Bhedaghat (Marble Rocks) is in Jabalpur district in Madhya Pradesh. Bhedaghat is situated by the side of river Narmada and is approximately 20 km from Jabalpur city. Narmada River has carved the soft marble, creating a beautiful gorge of about 8 km in length. The area also contains blue and brown colored marble.
There is a Boating facility available at the Nauka Vihar in Bhedaghat. The Boating charges are
Shared Boat Per Person Rs 100
5 Seater Reserved Boat Rs 800
10 Seater Reserved Boat Rs 1500
I would recommend to book a reserve boat if you are a group of 5 or more person because, If you book a ticket in the shared boat then you have to wait for the boat to fill upto 15 person atleast to start your ride.
We did Boating in the Reserved Boat and the view of Narmada River flowing through Marble Rocks is just amazing. There is an Temple just next to Nauka Vihar Chaunsath Yogini Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the four major extant temples containing carvings of sixty four yogini, female yoga mystics. It was built in the 10th century under the Kalachuris. We were not able to see the temple because it was closed due to corono.
Mesmerizing Marble Rocks on the bank of Narmada River
There is a small market in Bhedaghat. Bhedaghat also has few Hotels & Restaurants. Nearest town Jabalpur is well connected with Land, Air & Rail with rest of India. The Best time to visit Bhedaghat is Sharad Purnima. Best season is from September to March.
After doing the Boat Ride We started our journey towards Pachmarhi. From Bhedaghat to Pachmarhi the route which we took is Bhedaghat - Narsinghpur - Gadarwara - Pipariya - Pachmarhi. The distance is 240 Kms and it took around 6 hours to reach Pachmarhi from Bhedaghat. The Road condition was fair all along and there was no Toll Tax on this route. We paid Rs 50 while we entered Pachmarhi Cantt, This charge is for entering the
Pachmarhi Hill Station.
We reached Pachmarhi at 9.00 PM. We booked the hotel in Pachmarhi on arvind road Hotel Pandav for Rs 1250 including breakfast.
19 March 2020
Pachmarhi Hill Station is in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. It is widely known as Satpura ki Rani, situated at a height of 1067 m in a valley of the Satpura Range. Pachmarhi is believed to be derived from the Hindi words Panch ("five") and Marhi ("caves"). UNESCO added Pachmarhi park to its list of Biosphere Reserves in May 2009. Pachmarhi is a popular tourist retreat. Tourists visit Pachmarhi throughout the year.
If you wanna do sightseeing in Pachmarhi, then you have to hire a Gypsy because personal vehical is not allowed to visit major tourist places of
Pachmarhi. The charges for Gypsy booking are
Gypsy Rs 1000 to 1700 ( Depending on the season)
Guide Charge Rs 600
Forest Entry Fee Rs 400
We booked the Gypsy for Rs 1000, So the total we paid was Rs 2000 (including guide & forest entry fee). The contact number for the Gypsy which we booked is
Raja - 9407516903
The driver of our gypsy Raja was very cooperative and nice in nature, I would recemmend him.
Booking Office at the Bison Lodge Pachmarhi
Bison Lodge Museum
First sightseeing We did was Pandav Caves. Pandav Caves, located on a hillock in Pachmarhi, are believed to have been a shelter of the Pandavas during their period of exile. These renowned five caves are carved out of sandstone rock. Amongst all the five caves, 'Draupadi Kuti' is the cleanest and well-ventilated.
After the sighting of the Pandav Caves, We reached Bee Falls which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Pachmarhi. As you may know Pachmarhi is famous for its numerous waterfalls.
On the way to Bee Falls
There is small trek to reach Bee Falls. There are around 500 steps downhill to reach this stunning waterfall. On the way to Bee Fall there is a small waterfall called Mini Bee Fall.