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Bori Wildlife Sanctuary – Inside India’s Oldest Forest Reserve


The multi-dimensional state of Madhya Pradesh sits snugly in the heart of India and prides itself in flaunting a rich legacy of heritage, culture, untarnished natural beauty, peaceful places of worship, amongst other gems. It guarantees a melange of experiences as diverse and wide-ranging as the state itself. However, one treasure that particularly stands out, is the wildlife and greenery the state abounds in. Carpeted by lush deciduous and bamboo forests that contain a plethora of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, home to the world's rarest flora and fauna, Madhya Pradesh ought to be on every wildlife enthusiast's travel bucket list!

Now if you're a nature lover you would know it's necessary to occasionally escape the humdrum and mayhem of daily life and slip into the wilderness for a quiet retreat. The idea is to break down all distinctions with nature and let ourselves revel in the tranquility that Mother Earth has bestowed upon us. Luckily for us, and much to the delight of all the wildlife enthusiasts out there, India has been blessed with a plethora of wildlife, so let's appreciate nature in all its glory and explore away!

Now one relatively unexplored wildlife reserve in India that boasts of such a diverse range of plants and animals, is the Bori Wildlife Sanctuary – an ideal destination for environment lovers. Situated in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, it is the oldest forest reserve in the country, and is well known not just for its wide range of flora and fauna, but also some rather spectacular views.

So let yourself be swept away by beautiful valleys, narrow gorges, crystal clear waterfalls and the lushness of this fascinating forest reserve, which is a fitting tribute to the natural world.

About Bori Wildlife Sanctuary

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Photo of Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratibandar, Madhya Pradesh, India by Pallavi Paul

Having an approximate area of 518 sq.km, Bori Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1977 and sits comfortably on the foothills of the Satpura range in Madhya Pradesh. The reserve's northern and eastern areas are bound by Satpura National Park, while the Tawa river gently flows to its west. Along with Satpura National Park and the Pachmarhi Sanctuary, Bori Wildlife Sanctuary constitutes the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve.


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Photo of Bori Wildlife Sanctuary – Inside India’s Oldest Forest Reserve by Pallavi Paul

Bori Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of rare animals like chital, sambar, nilgai, muntjac, the striped hyena, chinkara or Indian gazelle, gaur, four-horned antelope, rhesus macaques, chevrotain, and the ever majestic tiger. If you're a tree lover, I'm certain you'd be thrilled to know that this reserve holds up to 1,300 species of exotic plants! However, the dominant trees here are teak, dhaora, tendu among others.

Although there are close to 50 mammals and 30 species of reptiles that inhabit Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, they're often tough to spot. Thus, animal sightings are rare. This is attributed to the fact that many of the species belong to the night or are nocturnal. Since this is a relatively unexplored sanctuary, it doesn't see as many visitors as its counterparts. That could most likely explain why the animals at Bori Wildlife Sanctuary may appear to be more wary of human beings! This offbeat reserve is undoubtedly one of Madhya Pradesh's best kept secrets and is definitely worth a visit if you wish to assimilate the grace of raw and awe-inspiring nature, while not wanting to deal with cumbersome crowds.

Jeep Safaris and walking tours

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Photo of Bori Wildlife Sanctuary – Inside India’s Oldest Forest Reserve by Pallavi Paul

A jeep safari is undoubtedly the best way to explore the sanctuary and, if you're lucky, spot wildlife. Although, jeep safaris are available at Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, prepare yourself for a jouncy ride because the roads are unpaved and rather uneven. Cost for Jeep safaris are available on request. If you wish to savour the untainted beauty of the reserve to its maximum potential, and enjoy the thrill of being in close proximity to the wild, several guided walking tours/hikes are available that will allow you to experience just that. Cost for guided tours are available on request.

Where to stay

Photo of Sai Krishna Resort & Garden, Kheda, Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Pallavi Paul

Cost: ₹2,200 per night inclusive of breakfast.

Photo of Hotel Shri-Nivas, Suraj Ganj, Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Pallavi Paul

Cost: ₹1,200 per night with an additional ₹200 for breakfast.

Photo of Denwa Backwater Escape - Satpura National Park, Sarangpur, Madhya Pradesh, India by Pallavi Paul

Cost: ₹14,000 per night with all meals included.

For more information on Denwa Backwater Escape, go here.

Best time to visit

There is a sharp increase in the number of tourists to Bori Wildlife Sanctuary from October to June due to favourable weather conditions.


Moderately pleasant with temperatures hovering between a maximum of 25 degree Celsius to a minimum of 15 degree Celsius.

How to reach

By air: The closest airport to Bori Wildlife Sanctuary (Pachmarhi) is the Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal. The distance between the Bhopal Airport and Pachmarhi is 200km and takes around 5 hours by road.

By train: The closest railway station to Pachmarhi is the Pipariya Railway Station, which serves the town of Pipariya, in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh.

By road: Choose from a number of buses that regularly ply to Pachmarhi from the cities of Indore, Bhopal, Pipariya, Hoshangabad and others.

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