Madhai, a small jungle-town, sits southeast of Bhopal – a drive of about 3-4 hours. The woods of Satpura Tiger Reserve can be accessed through Madhai Gate. Surprisingly, for all the smallness and limits of this town, Madhai is reachable with relative ease if you plan things out from the beginning. Read this blog to know about how to reach Madhai to experience a great holiday in Satpura National Park.
Madhai sits on the southern limits of Tawa Reservoir. On the map, Madhai is situated within an 8-hour drive from the major cities nearby:
Considering the distances, it makes better sense to book a long-distance cab from Bhopal or Indore if you happen to be in these cities. If this doesn’t seem like an option, there are other ways to arrive at Madhai.
While being well connected via road and indirectly reachable via rail, Madhai does not yet have an airport. International travellers will first arrive at any of the following airports, from whence they would need to connect further to an airport in Madhya Pradesh before starting the final leg of their journey (Madhya Pradesh does not have an international airport, therefore a connecting domestic flight is needed to arrive here).
Delhi: The Indira Gandhi International Airport has direct flights to
Mumbai: The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has direct flights to
Ahmedabad: The Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport has direct flights to
Hyderabad: The GMR Hyderabad International Airport has direct flights to
Nagpur: The Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar International Airport has direct flights to
From here, reaching Madhya Pradesh is just another flight away. The nearest airports in Madhya Pradesh that enable further transport to Madhai via rail or road are:
Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal: Caters to domestic flights. Connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad via direct flights.
Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport, Indore: Caters to domestic flights. Connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad via direct flight. Indigo carriers operate on almost all of these routes.
Jabalpur (Dumna) Airport, Jabalpur: Caters to domestic flights. You can fly into Jabalpur directly from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad airports. Indigo and SpiceJet handle most of this domestic-direct traffic.
It is highly recommended to choose to travel via road – it offers breathtaking vistas of the jungles and valleys that the highway winds through. It makes for a good road-trip if you are travelling with your family. Also, getting your tour operator to book a reliable taxi takes away a lot of headache of having to navigate busy railway stations and crowded trains. It also adds the convenience of arriving right at the doorstep of your accommodation without needing another connecting conveyance.
Madhai is well-connected via highways to all major cities around it. The way is pleasant, green and scenic. Here is how you can reach Madhai via roadways.
From Nagpur: The road, starting from Nagpur, is a bit long if you wish to get to Madhai.
No matter which road you take, or where you start from, the drive is bound to bring you stunning scenery and interesting things to look at. The highway may, at times, wind through valleys uphill and downhill – travellers with motion sickness, therefore, be advised. Carry your medication at all times.
Although not highly recommended, railways can be availed by those who don’t have any other option of getting to Madhai. The railway stations closest to Madhai are:
Connectivity to these railway stations is available from all major cities as discussed earlier. After disembarking on these stations, taxis are easily available that drop you off at taxi stands in Madhai or Pachmarhi.