Day 1 BHEDAGHAT
Grab lunch on the go in Jabalpur and head straight to Bhedaghat. The half-day excursion allows you to explore the stunning natural landscapes on the fringes of Jabalpur. Bhedaghat is best known for the Marble Rocks—towering cliffs of pale marble that rise on either side of the Narmada River. Meander down the channel by boat, as guides point out animal shapes in the contours of the rock face. Pick up a hand-carved marble souvenir, and drive five minutes away to the thundering Dhuandhar Falls. For a close-up view, walk the long path that curves around the falls to the river. Ride the Narmada Ropeway above the falls for a beautiful aerial perspective of the river crashing down in a 100-foot drop.
Day 2 KANHA
Depart early for Kanha National Park’s Mukki Gate so you are in time for an afternoon game drive (3-6 p.m). Look into the dense canopy of towering sal, tendu, and crocodile bark trees, thriving with nearly 300 bird species. Jungle transforms to wide grasslands, where the regal barasingha like to roam.
The Bamni Dadar plateau dominates the Mukki zone, purple in the lowering sun. Drive past narrow streams and wide waterbodies, where animals come to quench their thirst. Exit the park and drive across the wide Banjar River, where tigers sometimes sprawl on the muddy banks. Overnight at the luxurious tents at Shergarh.
Day 3 PENCH
After a quick breakfast, go on a nature walk in the park’s buffer zone or just within Shergarh’s grounds, where the waist-high wild grass is the perfect habitat for jungle cats and ground birds like lapwings.
Arrive at Pench Tree Lodge by lunch. Located near the Pench National Park’s quiet Karmajhiri Gate, the bucolic countryside is perfect for long cycle rides. Ride past expansive cornfields and a scattering of mud homes. Spot a number of brightly coloured birds along the way, like the Indian roller and the black-headed oriole.
Day 4 PENCH-JABALPUR
Head into the 757 sq km Pench National Park for a morning safari (6-11 a.m). Pench stands apart from Kanha with its teak forests and rocky terrain. Deep gorges of black rock are the prime habitat of the stealthy leopard. Young, slender teak trees allow you to look deep into the forest and spot nilgai, chital, and gaur. The grasslands conceal jackals and dhole. Stop and observe birdlife by the wide Pench River, bordered on one side by forest and on the other, by grassland. Exit the park by 11 a.m and head back to Jabalpur after lunch at the lodge.
Motel Marble Rocks
Address: Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh 483053.
Tel: +91 76128 30424
Tariff: Doubles from ₹3,290, plus taxes.
Boating at Marble Rocks
Hours: Operational from Oct 15–Jun 15, but can start earlier if the monsoon recedes.
Tariff: Shared boat rides cost ₹50 per person, while a private boat (seats 5) starts at ₹400.
Hours: 10.30 a.m.-6 p.m., closed for lunch from 1.30 p.m.–2 p.m.; Closed for the monsoon.
Tariff: Round-trip tickets cost ₹95 per person.
Address: Kanha Tiger Reserve, Village Bahmni, Post Kareli, Tehsil Baihar, District Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh 481111
Open: Oct 15-May 15 only
Tel: +91 90981 87346
Tariff: Luxury tented doubles cost ₹15,000 per night, including meals, plus taxes.
Pench Tree Lodge
Address: Pench Tree Lodge, Pench National Park, Gram Sarrahirri, Tehsil Kurai, Seoni, Near Karmajhiri Gate
Tel: +91 124 2970497
Tariff: Tree house doubles cost ₹16,000 per night inclusive of all meals and taxes; add-on one (shared) jeep safari for an additional ₹4,000 per night.
Open: Oct 1-Jun 30
Hours: Twice daily open-top jeep safaris from 6 a.m. to 11a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; park is closed on Wednesday afternoon.
Booking: Book permits online at forest.mponline.gov.in/.
Entry: In Kanha, permits per jeep cost ₹1,550 for the core zones and ₹1,250 for the buffer zones. In Pench, permits per jeep cost ₹1,500. Each jeep seats six. Vehicle and guide charges are extra and payable at the gate, shared by all occupants of the jeep. Carry government-approved photo ID.
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