Trip Report - Bandhavgarh-Amarkantak-Kanha-Bhedaghat-Pachmarhi-Pench

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#31 Mar 17th, 2011, 18:18
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Originally Posted by move on View Post To reach madai, the best route is to go via hosangabad or piparia. You have to come to Semri or sohagpur and in between these places you have a road from NH 22 which takes you to the south towards Tawa river(17Km). You have to keep the car this side of the river and cross the river by boat. There is no bridge on the river and Forest dept ferry is the only option.One you cross the river you will get the FRH on the other bank. I was surprised to see deers roaming like goats inside FRH campus. when we were having our foods there, deers were stading next to us to watching. They were so friendly even they like to get into your laps.

But i think you can go to Churna from Madai also. But you need vehicle from Forest dept as you cant take the car inside forest bcoz of no bridge over tawa. Infact you can do a boat ride in Tawa river from madai upto Tawa dam and come back to madai. Tawa river has lots of crocodiles. So you have to be careful.

To reach churna and Bori ...the other option is to go to Itarsi then to Bhawra or Shahpur and then you can enter forest.
Thanks a lot move on, things are getting clearer and more I am longing for this trip now. Yes I have got an extremely interesting and well written blog on this area and got all the names you mentioned like Madai, Churna, Dhaain. All these three places are having nice forest bungows, best part is that they still kept the old legacy and hasn't renovated it completely. No Electricity and excellent setting with very less tourists making it an attractive proposition now. Do buzz me when you plan finally, if you don't mind, I may jump in .

Mean while read the trip report here, very well written, poor guy didn't have a good camera, else even 50% of what he experienced can be reproduced in snaps, it would have simply been Magic.

But one thing is sure 3/4 nights stay would be more than enough here and all the FRH needs to be booked. But going to Hosangabad seems to be imminent unless you can get all required permits remotely. What I read in the blog, current field director is an excellent person (who brought relatively unknown Pench into lime light in his last tenure) and may Satpura NP soon be coming to tourism map. But hope it doesn't become another Bandhavgarh or Kanha.

Also didn't find any mention of Dhupgarh - Churna Road which now apparently seems to be closed.
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KS as usual awesome blog and what a gala trip you made, actually you haven't left much in MP to plan, to be honest

Mumbai round trip would be more of driving than travelling as you need to cover eastern part of MP and adjacent Chattisgarh. So not sure how effective it would be, unless you make it a bigger circle to include Northern Andhra and Karnataka (like Bijapur) before heading back to Mumbai.

Else you may start from Gwalior (train or flying to Delhi and then train), move east towards Khajuraho (that you have already seen), Panna , Chitrakut, Bandhavgarh, Amarkantak and then crossing over to Chattisgarh to Bilaspur, Raipur and then driving down south of Chattisgarh to Jagdalpur. Major attractions like Chitrakot falls, Tiratgarh Falls, Kanger Valley National Park, few lakes along with river Indravati, all are close to Jagdalpur. Better if you come back to Raipur and then proceed towards Nagpur. On the way visit Pench and finish off the trip in Nagpur.

Otherwise make a smaller circle, start as you started last time, instead of mandu go to Maheshwar/Omkareshwar if you are inclined to temples and then you may feel interested to visit Satpura NP (Not Pachmarhi), read the previous post here, that I replied to "move on" for a link of an excellent blog on that NP. Then proceed to Pench and come back via Nagpur, else to add more wild life adventures, you can also include Tadoba if you haven't yet visited that. All these are very rough cut ideas, based on your time, days to spare and things you want to see can be tweaked and fine tuned.
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Originally Posted by kshil View Post KS as usual awesome blog and what a gala trip you made, actually you haven't left much in MP to plan, to be honest
Thanks kshil, for your additional MP/Chattisgarh inputs; will examine it in detail. Need not be a driving tour anyway, but it was convenient to drive around at my pace and schedule.

I am still reading Raza Kazmi's 'The Satpura Experience' post (the link that you posted) ... pretty awesome report that . It goes to show that even States that I have already covered, I have only scratched the surface. The most awesome places are deep inside in Tier-2 & tier-3 layers!

Later PS: While on topic of MP, I want to post here a link a video-clip of an awesome (in my view) Incredible-India Ad of MP tourism. Perhaps targetted at Indians who understand Hindi, in local (MP/UP?) dialect, accent, culture and sung beautifully too. I think many MP-Tourism ads are well done. It is the first video on the Home Page of MP tourism: HERE
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Wow!! KS thanks for sharing, "MP Ajab hain, sabse gajab hain" this I have heard but the video never seen, awesome I would say!! Are all the patterns shown here done by fingers only? If yes can't say anymore, simply hats off!!

But this is definitely added to the site very recently, I was very frequent visitor of this site before my trip, never noticed this.

English version may be helpful to reach greater number of viewers.
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I found these YouTube links for all 'Incredible India Ads' and of MP particularly:

All:
http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...rtisement&aq=1

MP:
http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...a+pradesh&aq=7

These may have been been already posted on IM in some threads, perhaps?
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Originally Posted by kshil View Post Wow!! KS thanks for sharing, "MP Ajab hain, sabse gajab hain" this I have heard but the video never seen, awesome I would say!! Are all the patterns shown here done by fingers only? If yes can't say anymore, simply hats off!!
@kshil: your questions are answered in below video-clip ... about Hand-Shadow-graphy history and its use in making this Video ... with audio in nice Bengali-accented-English&Hindi

Making of MP Ajab hai, Sabse Gajab hai TV commercial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfM1Ev3R5SU&NR=1

There is also a 10min Madhya Pradesh Video-tour in English here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqxpKNeJzls
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KS, most sincere thanks for finding the video in you tube. So the art is having a formal name "Hand-Shadowgraphy" which I never knew. Also the making video makes it more interesting, I was really stunned specially with the tiger movement, barasingha, boatings, Mandu and Sanchi art. I would download it for sure.
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It seems answers to every question is in the internet cloud ... but fully believing and accepting that is taking me years!
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great trip report kshil, fantastic!
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National Geographic videos of Tigers in Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Ranthombhor National Parks. These videos capture all the beauty of the parks and you'll hear and see all the animals and birds. Enjoy.


L a n d .. o f .. t h e .. T i g e r
(Kanha National Park and Ranthombhor National Park. 57mins)


T e m p l e .. o f .. t h e .. T i g e r
(Bandhavgarh National Park. 47mins)
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@KS_bluechip, yes that's why they say Internet is the next most important invention since fire and wheel. I can't agree more, without internet the IM won't exists

Have you completed reading Raza's trip report on Satpura NP? I am fascinated with that so much, seriosuly considering a trip there before it become another Pench or even worse a Kanha or Bandhavgarh. Namdhapa was a bliss when I found 35 Jeeps in one spot in apprehension of tiger spotting.

@Rathee, Thanks for your good words and appreciation. I was quite inspired from your report as it came just before my travel

@RWHFY, thanks again for sharing those videos, I would watch them soon but it's interesting resource considering the thread topic. By the way are you studying on birds? How you know so much on all birds, I have seen / noticed your comments in almost any bird snap here in IM.
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Originally Posted by kshil View Post @RWHFY, thanks again for sharing those videos, I would watch them soon but it's interesting resource considering the thread topic. By the way are you studying on birds? How you know so much on all birds, I have seen / noticed your comments in almost any bird snap here in IM.
Bird watching is one of my interests. If I see a bird I would like to know it's name. I learn a lot from IndiaMike where people post bird pictures. I basically look up in the guide book and come up with it's name.

Most people who watch birds in India are Europeans. For Indian people it is an expensive hobby. One needs to buy a guide book and also a pair of binoculars. Most Indian people know the common names like: Kowwa, Chidiya, Kabutar, Myna, Tota, Koel, Neelkantha, Mor, Bagla etc.

On IndiaMike there were lots of bird pictures posted, without names and also some bird pictures with wrong names like, a bee-eater was named as parakeet and a Sunbird was named as Robin. This is when I decided to sign up for IndiaMike and start naming the birds. This way, once people see the correct name they would remember it and also teach others. See I have a selfish reason for naming the birds.
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@RWe: Thanks for sharing the 2 links ... saw and liked 2nd Bandhavgarh link, but first link give me error "The uploader has not made this video available in your country" ... still to figure out a way around that.
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@kshil: No, still reading Satpura link (and other offshoot links thereof) ... and I have heavy backlog of Micah's links from that NE thread too!
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Hello Kshil

I have gone thru the link you mentioned. Its awesome. I am feeling to go there sooner. Since i visited Madai already, i could guess how good churna and Bori will be. As per Ex-Ranger of Bori.. "it is the best area in MP & chattisgarh. No matter you see tiger or leopard, but the environment makes Bori very special". He feels, Bori WLS is the best in MP. Currently Bori is prohibited for tourists. I dont know why. What I heard from People that the Bori FRH is not in good condition. But churna is accessable and you can stay in Churna. I am waiting to hear when the pachmarhi-churna road will reopen. I will plan then. The entry fee per vehicle (4x4)is Rs. 2200/- from this (pachmarhi)side. And really if you look at the satpura region, its vast,remote and less crowded and full of tiger. As per madai forest dept, the tiger population is 39 there. And they have 123 camps inside forest.This is another reason why i choose this. Churna is having malaria problems, so u hv to take precautions b4 u reach thr. Lets see ...all these sounds very interesting to me...if I plan i will let you know. And if you plan do let me know.
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Originally Posted by RWeHavingFunYet View Post Bird watching is one of my interests. If I see a bird I would like to know it's name. I learn a lot from IndiaMike where people post bird pictures. I basically look up in the guide book and come up with it's name.
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This way, once people see the correct name they would remember it and also teach others. See I have a selfish reason for naming the birds.
RWHFY, Wish you a happy Holi!! It's definitely a nice effort to educate people on birds, one thing I always find extremely difficult. It's not at all easy to spot, to notice and finally to come up with exact names specially when few close specis do exists. I have observed my guide Ajay in Pench took quite sometime below the tree with his book before declaring that as a "Spot Bellied Eagle Owl" and we found it's exactly the same with what is printed in book. Amazing feeling, first time for me to spot and identify a bird. Please carry on with whatever selfish reason you have, it helps us immensely
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