W.We finally opened two great jungle hikes that our hikers have been waiting for. One is in Chhattisgarh and one in Madhya Pradesh.
Both are hiking in the jungle.
“The forests in these regions are untouched and dreamy. I’m not surprised that Rudyard Kipling was inspired by these woods while writing The jungle Book. They absolutely live up to our idea of The jungle Book! ”Says Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes.
We only have appointments available in January. Before I share the data, today I want to give you a glimpse of both hikes because if you want to hike here you need to know why they are special.
Why the location of these hikes makes them so special
To give you an ideaThe Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek leads through the heart of Guru Ghasidas National Park. The Madhya Pradesh Tiger Trail runs through the Sanjay Dubri National Park. Both are important tiger reserves in our country.
It is interesting that both national parks are extensions of each other, but on both sides of the border. Similar to the Bandipur and Mudumalai National Parks in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
This card will give you an idea.
Considering they are in the same region, the jungle trails and landscape changes are very similar to each other. So you can choose one of these hikes and experience some of the best jungles in our country!
What are some key highlights to look out for?
The rare sal forests of Central India
Most of these hikes will take you through Sal forests. These are tight and yet permeable. You can see for miles through the thick tree thicket, which gives you a deep perspective of the jungle.
When walking on the forest floor, you are walking on a padded leaf bed that gently crunches under your feet. The silence in the forest is only interrupted by a distant bird call.
The route extends over long hours without too many up and down trips. The hilly walks through the woods are extremely pleasant! The cherry on top is that you can camp in these woods!
Open, these are just a few of the most from bound forests From our country. You need special authorizations from the forest authority in order to be able to step in at all. As a trekker, it’s one rare privilege to preserve these almost inaccessible forest reserves.
The path through the forests of Madhya Pradesh. Image by Saurabh Sawant
A chance to experience wild animals in their real habitat
These are forests of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh full of wildlife. They are home to birds, deer, hyenas, bears, leopards and sometimes tigers. It’s not surprising as these are buffer zones of a tiger reserve. This makes you feel like you are in one of the richest biodiversity in our country.
“Spotting pugmarks is almost like discovering pebbles in these jungles,” says Lakshmi Selvakumaran, the leader of our experience team who explored the trail. “In fact, when the Ranger informs you that a leopard print was probably only made half an hour ago, it will send you chills!”
Wildlife traces are very common on the riverbed in Chhattisgarh. Image by Sandhya UC
What about your safety from wild animals?
These hikes are exclusive collaborations between Indiahikes and the tourism associations of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh as well as the forest authorities. Experienced rangers who are familiar with the trails and animal movements accompany the team. You are with us to protect the team.
If the forest team so wishes, there will also be a closed fire running through the night to ensure that wild animals stay away from our camps.
Great landscape changes during the hike
Both of the hiking trails in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have some great landscape changes – the kind you will never see on our Himalayan hikes.
You wander into it Plateaus, riverside paths and valleys. There are also Waterfalls and lakes. You also Camp on the beachfront. Hikers in our country have never done this before.
As a trekker, you may have seen many lakes in your life, but it is highly unlikely that you have seen an uninhabited lake in a forest. Lakes that are pristine and large. More adventurous is that these lakes are also shared by wild animals.
Our lakefront camp on the Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek. Image by Atul Verma
There is beautiful cave formations in the rocky sections of the trail. There are even grasslands on the track! Birchuli Dol on the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Trail is a meadow that cannot be imagined in a place like a tiger reserve, and yet it is there. Secluded from the outside world and protected on all sides by forests, it is a feast for the eyes!
You will get chance too rare tribal settlements our land in Chhattisgarh. These ancient tribes will likely be extinct very soon.
The first campsite on the Pairi River on a wide sandy beach in Chhattisgarh. Image by Sandhya UC
What can you expect on the hike?
This is not like our Himalayan hikes. Another experience is hiking in the jungles of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. To give you an idea I did a short audio interview with Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes, who gives you a nice background on this hike.
A couple of other pointers you should know:
- About the weather: We do this hike in January and February – some of the coldest months in central India. The temperature during the Day is a mild 10-15 degreeswhere you can comfortably hike with a jacket on. The temperature falls to 4-5 degrees at nightand you need at least 2 sweaters, a jacket and a woolen hat.
- About the difficulty: This hike is not really difficult. There aren’t too many climbs or descents. Also no gain in height. But There are long distances to be covered every daywhat you need good fitness for.
In conclusion, let’s talk about planning your trip to these regions
The itinerary for the Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek follows.
- Fly to Raipur
- From Raipur, take an overnight train to Baikunthpur Road Station (The Durg Ambikapur Express is the only train for your trip. It is an overnight journey).
- We organize the pick-up from the train station
Note 1: If you don’t want to fly to Raipur, you can also take a train from your city to Raipur / Bilaspur.
Note 2: The current status of the Durg Ambikapur train may not be available for January (available for December). But they’ll likely announce train timetables a little later.
The itinerary for the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Trail follows.
- Fly to Jabalpur
- From Jabalpur, take a train to Beohari (3.5 hours journey)
- We organize the pick-up from Beohari train station
No COVID test is mandatory for trips to these cities. However, we recommend doing this. It’s a good security measure.
What data are available?
We only opened one date for each of these hikes. Many hikers are already vying for a place on them. Before I even sent you this announcement, I don’t know how a few trekkers have already signed up.
So here are the dates:
January 24th – January 27th for the Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek
January 31st – February 4th for the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Trail
Plan your hike soon!
I don’t see the data available for more than a day or two. So plan your hike soon.
It’s the first time Madhya Pradesh Tourism has opened its forests for trekking, and only for Indiahikes are they as excited as we are!
As for Chhattisgarh, we tried to reopen Guru Ghasidas Park to trekking. They closed it last year because the government had designated it as a tiger corridor. I’m glad we were able to reopen the hike. It’s one of the best hikes we’ve ever done.
Personally, I can’t wait for January! These hikes have been on my bucket list for a long time. It’s finally time to explore the jungle! 🙂