The Forsyth Trail
Discover the heart of India and the magnificent forests which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Follow the footsteps of pioneer James Forsyth and explore the tranquil hill station of Pachmarhi. Get to know the forest communities, enjoy jungle walks and take a thrilling jeep safari into Pench Tiger Reserve. This unforgettable holiday leads you through the very heart of rural India.
The Forsyth Trail
Walking with your own local guide in the forested hills of the region that inspired Kipling’s Jungle Book, you gain insights into the life of forest communities during your stays in guesthouses and tented camps.
- Walking and wildlife discovery
- Forest villages and hillstation
- Jeep safari in tiger reserve
Mumbai – Pipariya – Pachmarhi – Dehlia – Chopna – Sakata – Nagpur – Mumbai
- Best Season: September – April
The highlights of this trip
Unique Forest Community
Enjoy unique insights to the Satpura and Pench tiger reserves and forest village communities through our pioneering partnership with the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department. In Satpura the Gond people, the forest dwellers, provide a unique and privileged insight into forest life.
Hill-Top Heaven of Pachmarhi
Explore the tranquil hill-station of Pachmarhi, set at 1,305m, the highest point in Madhya Pradesh. Relax in a pleasant hotel, discover ancient caves and enjoy fine views down the forested valley below.
Walking in varied landscapes
Relish the excellent highland, sub-tropical climate, ideal for walking, rightly described by travel writers as a walking and trekking paradise. Walk far from the crowds along the Forsyth trail in the Satpura Tiger Reserve re-established along the original route taken by Captain Forsyth in 1857 when exploring the region with the Bengal Lancers.
- Adventure 85% 85%
- Local Experiences 90% 90%
- Wildlife 60% 60%
- Landscapes 90% 90%
I saw over 50 species of birds, especially around the Chopna tents.
“it was a wonderful experience; the highlight was probably the time we spent in Chopna village, everyone so open and accepting of my presence. I did see plenty of footprints and dung from tigers, leopards, wild boar and porcupine, but of the animals themselves alas nothing.”
Sandy Murray – Dublin, Ireland
The Forsyth Trail walk gave us a real sense of achievement.
“The Forsyth Trail walk gave us a real sense of achievement and the camping facilities were as luxurious as could be. After seeing so much evidence of big cat activity, sighting three tigers in Pench was awesome; watching the sun set there to a soundtrack of jackal calls as they massed for the hunt will stay with me forever. “
Marion & Samy – Paris, France.
Discover our other tours in Central India
Northeast is about its people so the best way to discover this region is to stay with its inhabitants.
Off the tourist trail, North East India is home to some of the most endangered wildlife in the world. Arriving into Assam, drive to Manas National Park on the fringes of the Bhutan border, which plays host to over 450 species of bird as well as secretive big cats including tigers, clouded leopards and panthers.
Nagaland is steeped in history and tribal tradition. Wander through tribal villages and soak up the atmosphere at the Hornbill Festival, where Naga culture is brought to life in colourful song and dance.