Madhai is a quaint town located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Madhai is serene and peaceful because of which this place becomes an ideal holiday destination to get away from the pell mell of the city. The place is rich in biodiversity and the lush greenery that wraps the whole place is mesmerizing. This is an ideal place to unwind and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Madhai is also a treat for nature lovers as the myriad variety of flora and fauna that is found here will leave you enchanted. The people who are inhabitants of Madhai are very friendly and welcomes everyone with open arms.
This place was first discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857. He was a leading cavalry regiment of the British Army and later set up his troops in this place. It became a sanctorium for the British Army and set up their camps here. They also wanted to find more people from here who would become a part of their army and fight for them.
Flora and Fauna
Madhai is a place abundant in flora and fauna. A large number of animals and birds are inhabitants of this place and live peacefully. Madhai is a place where especially tigera are kept in safe habitat to protect them from becoming extinct. Other animals for whom Madhai is a safe haven includes leopards, chital, nilgai, four horned antelope, bhedki, monkey, Chinkara, buck and fox. Birds like Malabar Pied Hornbills, Crested Serpent Eagles, Crested Hawk Eagles, Paradise Flycatchers, Honey Buzzards, Pittas and Peafowl can be seen perched on the verdant trees of Madhai.
Satpura National Park
Open Time: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Entry permit: INR 1250
Satpura National Park is a hidden gem in Madhai. A place rich and diverse in flora and fauna, Satpura National Park is a paradise for animal and nature lovers. Satpura translates to seven mountains from Sanskrit to English and is surrounded by mesmerizing lofty peaks. Spread prolifically about 1427 sq km, Satpura National Park is replete with not only lush green trees and flora but also have mesmerizing valleys full of blooming flowers, serene waterfalls, amazing gorges and rivulets. Since this national park is a hidden gem, to reach here you will have to cross a river by boating. This makes the place even more exciting.
The national park is especially a safe haven for tigers and other animals that can be spotted easily comprises of leopards, chital, nilgai, four horned antelope, bhedki, monkey, Chinkara, buck and fox. A plethora of vivid birds can also be spotted fluttering their wings and also a large number of birds migrate here every year. Some of them include Malabar Pied Hornbills, Crested Serpent Eagles, Crested Hawk Eagles, Paradise Flycatchers, Honey Buzzards, Pittas and Peafowl.
Other Places to Visit
1. Denwa River
Denwa River is a serene water body in Madhai which is a perfect place to relax and spend some quiet time amidst nature. This place proffers mesmerizing views during sunrise and sunset. So make sure you witness either a sunrise or a sunset from here and be awestruck by its beauty. You can even take a boating ride in this tranquil water and be rejuvenated.
2. Satpura Hills
Satpura hills are lofty and majestic mountains that surround the Satpura National Park. These hills are replete with verdant trees and offers panoramic views of the whole place. This place will make you feel as if you are in the lap of nature and will refresh your body and soul.
Things to Do
1. Jungle Safari
Satpura National Park provides travellers to enjoy a safari ride in the Satpura National Park. You can either indulge in a Jeep Safari which is available in the morning from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM or in the evening from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. You can even indulge in an elephant safari which can only be taken in the morning. The safari ride will add charm to your trip and will help you better in exploring different kinds of birds and animals.
2. Bird Watching
Madhai is a safe haven for a large variety of birds which includes Malabar Pied Hornbills, Crested Serpent Eagles, Crested Hawk Eagles, Paradise Flycatchers, Honey Buzzards, Pittas and Peafowl. You can indulge in birdwatching to learn and explore about the different types of birds. You will definitely have a lot of fun seeing colourful and vibrant birds fluttering their wings or chirping perched on trees.
You can even spend some peaceful time paddling in the serene water of Madhai. A boating ride in Madhai is bound to rejuvenate your body and soul. Paddling in the tranquil water you would also be able to relish the scenic beauty of the place. Make sure to boat and spend some quality time amidst nature.
Satpura National Park is among the few national parks in India where you can explore the park on foot. You can trek and explore different flora and fauna amidst greenery. A trek in the forest would be a completely unique experience where you will be able to get lost in the lap of nature.
Madhai is a picturesque place away from the hustle bustle of the city that will allow you to spend some time amidst flora and fauna. This place will help you unwind and rejuvenate your body and soul. Make sure to take a short trip here and enjoy its beauty.
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How to Reach Madhai
By Air: The nearest airport to reach Madhai is Bhopal Airport which is located at a distance of 120 km. The Bhopal Airport is well connected with all the major cities of India. From the airport rental cars are easily available that will take you to Madhai. By Rail: The closest railway station to Madhai is Itarsi Railway Station which is located at a distance of 35 km. To reach Madhai from this railway station, a lot of Taxis and rental cars are available. By Road: Madhai is located at a distance of 120 km from Bhopal and 268 km from Indore. You can either rent a car or take your own car and have a little road trip to reach Madhai. Many private and public buses run from Indore and Bhopal at regular intervals that travel to Madhai.