HIGHLIGHTS

We, at SSP, are honoured to be associated with Madhya Pradesh Tourism, MP Forest Department and the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Foundation Society, to bring you this opportunity to explore the Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve.

The chief objective of this trip is to turn the spotlight on this beautiful park with a view to augment tourism opportunity and aid conservation attempts. The focus here is not so much photography learning, as it is to explore the lay of the land and the potential for mainstream tiger tourism.

A natural consequence of tourism would be improved livelihoods and in turn, heightened conservation efforts. If the prospect of combing this less known forest, with Sudhir, excites you, do book your spot pronto. A significant portion of the proceeds from this tour will be diverted to complement ongoing efforts at uplifting the local communities.

More about this park:
With an area of close to 800 sq. km, the Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve is in the north eastern part of Madhya Pradesh. Tourism in this park is in its nascency, but the potential is immense. With 11 perennial rivers within the park and thick vegetation to cater to the herbivores which can form a healthy prey base, the park has the capability to support substantial tiger populations. While efforts are afoot to shape this reserve as a prominent tiger habitat, there are challenges too.

So how do we fit into this whole thing?
The Madhya Pradesh forest department, Madhya Pradesh Tourism and the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Foundation Society are making a concerted effort to give impetus to tourism here. SSP is a part of these efforts to device ways in which to make this park a leading tiger destination in the foreseeable future.

What can participants of this tour expect?
We would urge interested participants to view this as a chance to explore a new park, largely untouched, which holds promise to become a wildlife destination in the coming years. Clearly, this is not a tiger-centric tour. Although the park is home to a wide array of animal species, wildlife sightings are not like you would have come to expect from other established parks. The one thing assured here is an endlessly green forest cover. Add to it, an interesting topography, a vibrant bird life and fellow wildlife lovers, and you get four days of pure bliss. Not to mention, bragging rights as one of the first to have visited this soon-to-be-famous wildlife destination.

SPOTLIGHTS

Airport/Railhead

We recommend you to arrive into Jabalpur, at a distance of 257 km. The nearest rail head, Rewa, is 170 km from the park.

Ideal Flight Timings.

Plan to fly into Jabalpur at the earliest on day 1 of the tour. Book a late evening flight back from Jabalpur on last day of tour. Transport coordination details will be mailed to you upon booking confirmation.

Last Mile

We will coordinate with you for your pickup/drop from/to airport/rly station. We will communicate the details upon booking confirmation.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

We recommend to carry 2 camera bodies along with a combination of a zoom lens like the 70-200 or the 100-400. The second body can have a tele lens like the 500mm/600mm/800mm. The 150-600 range is also an excellent lens for a single body.

Duration/Stay

3 nights/4 days @ Parsili Resort, MPTDC , Parsuli, Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in is anytime during the day, on day 1 of the tour. Check-out will be after morning safari on last day of the tour; participants can check out based on their flight departure schedules.

Safari

There will be 5 to 6 safaris depending on participants' arrival and departure. If you arrive early on day 1, you can join in the afternoon safari. There will be 2 safaris each on days 2 and 3. We can squeeze in one morning safari on the last day; but do be mindful of your flight/train departure schedules.

Weather/Temperature

Max temp: 29°C and Min temp: 8°C. Temperatures are indicative based on our tour dates.

Key Subjects

Some of key species found here include Indian gazelle; nilgai; spotted, sambar and barking deer; wild boars; leopards; tigers; sloth bears; rhesus macaque; Hanuman langoors

Things to Carry

You can get Camera-lens, binoculars, bird book, warm wear and essential medicines.

Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve – an Overview

The Sanjay Dubri national park comprises the Sanjay National Park that sprawls across 466.7 sq. km and the Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary that is spread across 370 sq. km, totalling an area of close to 835 sq. km. This is part of a vast and relatively untouched forest patch that spans the central Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.

An abundant water supply keeps this park perennially green, with its flora being predominantly moist deciduous with mostly sal trees. Geological features of this park range from plains to hills, mounds to steep cliffs, valleys to deep gorges along with plentiful water sources. The widely varying topography contributes to an array of fauna at all rungs of the food chain. Sloth bears and leopards are the star attractions here, with impressive sightings recorded over time.

A trip here can prove to be an intriguing journey to this virgin forest to discover what it has to offer in terms of tourism in general and wildlife sightings and photography in particular.

Wed 5 Dec, 2018

  • Arrive and check in to Parsili Resort, close to the park, in the afternoon/evening.
  • Depending on the time of arrival, an evening safari can be arranged.
  • Later in the evening, all of the participants meet and greet. Casual, interactive session throughout the evening, exchanging wildlife stories and anecdotes
  • Dinner and lights out
  • Thu/Fri Dec 6 and 7, 2018

  • Early morning wakeup call at 5am and then we leave for safari
  • Breakfast will be organised inside the park
  • We go to the forest rest house inside the park for our lunch, take some rest and continue the safari later in the afternoon.
  • Late evening we return to the resort, freshen up and relax
  • On day 2 evening, we will have an interactive session with people from forest department and MP Tiger Foundation Society.
  • On day 3 evening, we will have a gala dinner celebration and interactive discussions of our experiences.
  • Sudhir will be available to discuss about anything related to wildlife and photography
  • Dinner and lights out
  • Sat Dec 8, 2018

  • Morning safari and check out after breakfast.
  • SSP, in collaboration with Madhya Pradesh Tourism, the state’s forest department and the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Foundation Society, will strive to promote this as a prominent wildlife tourism destination.

    This is a free-format tour without a fixed agenda. The only aim of this tour is to get acquainted with this national park and explore opportunities to promote tourism here.

    We will have the chance for photography during safaris; but other than that, the idea is to utilise our time and the generous hospitality extended to us, to have meaningful dialogue and discussion related to wildlife and photography and the potential that this place holds for both.

    Tour Cost:
    Rs. 15,000/- (plus 5% GST)
    *Price is per person on double occupancy basis.

    Inclusions:
    – Accommodation and all meals for 3 Nights / 4 Days stay at Parsili Resort.
    – Your transportation from Jabalur / Varanasi to Parsili Resort.
    – 4 or 5 safaris (depending on your time of arrival / departure), forest entry fee/guide charges.
    – 4 participants per vehicle

    Exclusions:
    – Travel expenses
    – Personal expenses
    – Mineral water & soft drinks
    – Anything else not present in list of inclusions

    *Any other expenses outside of the above will have to be borne by the participants.

    Parsili Resort

    Parsili is a sleepy hamlet tucked away within a thick green carpet, along the banks of the Banas river. The riverbed runs along a 4-km stretch with soft, moist sand throughout; walking barefoot on this is an experience in itself – soothing, surreal and unforgettable.

    The Parsili Resort sits amidst this serene setting, with all the trappings of a modern, comfortable resort. All of its spacious rooms overlook either the dense forest or the Banas river. The well-appointed restaurant also has breathtaking views of the Banas.

    A plethora of winged wonders abounds these pristine surroundings, making it a haven for bird watching and photography. With the Sanjay Dubri National Park at a short driving distance, there’s no better place from which to explore and experience this part of the woods.

    Terms and Cancellation Policy:
    No refund on cancellation.

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