ESSENTIALS

The best time to camp in Satpura Tiger Reserve is November to March. The Denwa Backwater Escape lodge organizes 1-3-night luxury camping trips to Satpura. The trek traverses through its core area, and camps are set up in the buffer zone. Expect twin beds in roomy tents, hot showers and dry pit toilets, and delicious meals made from local produce.

Stay The lodge lies in the Madhai area in south Madhya Pradesh, 60 km/1.5 hr northwest from the entry point of the Forsyth Trail. Overlooking the backwaters of the River Denwa, the lodge’s 8 cottages and 2 treehouses offer memorable views of grasslands. All accommodations have large sit-out areas perfect for curling up with a book and watching the sunset. (www.denwabackwaterescape.com; doubles from INR 18,000; luxury camping from INR 20,000 per person per night). 

Getting There The closest airport to Denwa is in Bhopal (170 km/ 4 hr northwest). Itarsi railway station (70 km/ 2 hr west) is well connected to major cities.

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