Its diverse landforms and climate have played an essential role in shaping the history of this southwestern state. Melghat, which translates to the ‘meeting of hills’, is a tiger reserve located near the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border. It shares its location in the Satpura mountain range with several national parks in the neighbouring state. Other than tigers, visitors can expect to spot a number of raptors here in their majestic glory.
The many species of animals found here include the tiger, Indian leopard, sloth bear, chital, flying squirrel, dhole and pangolin among many others. An exciting feature of Melghat is the opportunity to jungle walk and trek across many routes inside the reserve; a well-known route is along the riverbed of the Sipna, particularly rewarding for birding enthusiasts. Trekking permits are available from the Conservator of Forests and Field Director, Project Tiger, Melghat, but it’s best to take a guide along. Other trekking routes are along places such as Semadoh, Bandarkahu and Makhla.