Tour of Kanha -  Buffer me Safar

(13th - 16th Aug 2021)

Tour of Kanha is a fully supported cycling tour in and around Kanha National Park in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Come experience the pristine jungles of Kanha, consisting mainly of dense Sal forest, captured wonderfully in the just released movie - "Sherni". You will hardly come across any city influence or vehicular traffic and ride through picture-perfect villages with colourful homes having terracotta tile roofs. You will also soak in the indigenous cultures of Baiga and Gond tribes.

Total Mileage: 400 KMs (Approx)

Riding Days: 4

Attractions: Traffic-free route, riding in forest, wild-life, baiga tribes, beautiful villages.

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DAY 1 -The Curtain Raiser

Balaghat - Laugur - Ukwa - Baihar

13th Aug 2021

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Start Point: Balaghat End Point: Baihar

Distance: 77 KMs. Elevation: +668 m/ -440 m

Route Map - Here

The starting point will be Rangers College in Balaghat, one of the shooting locations in the movie Sherni. As soon as you start pedalling, you will notice civilisation dissolving within 5 kms making way for the wilderness. After riding through beautiful countryside for about 15 KMs you will encounter an 8 kms long but beautiful climb, which will plateau at Laugur village. Here you can stop and recharge before continuing further on a road full of constant crests and troughs. Towards the end you will reach Baihar town, but we don't want you to stay in the town, so we continue a little past the town and reach wonderful Camp Dev Vilas, where you can relax and unwind in the nature.

Day 2 - In the Land of Sherni

Baihar - Chilpi - Motinala - Mukki

14th Aug 2021


Todays is a long day on the saddle where you go on a circular route. You will be riding through dense and green forest patches and picture-perfect villages like Malumjhola, where you will witness the raw and rustic rural lifestyle. Minute observation of tribal lifestyle in terms of – their attire, minimalism and being completely in tune with the surrounding habitat, makes the entire experience one of its kind. We cross into Chattisgarh state briefly before coming back into Madhya Pradesh. We will ride a serene 15 kms patch on a state highway to Motinala from where we will turn towards Mukki and will again ride through the forest.

Start Point: Baihar End Point: Mukki

Distance: 142 KMs. Elevation: +2390m/ -2381m

Route Map - Here

Day 3 - Independence Day

Mukki - Khatia

15th Aug 2021


 This will be a relatively smaller and relaxing ride after the previous 2 days of taxing rides. Let's not forget, today is a special day as well, as it's the 75th Independence day of India, so of course we will start after celebrating our Independence. After that it will be a relaxed ride where you may imbibe the sights and smells of the forest and listen to the symphony that the jungle orchestrates for anyone ready to lend it an ear. It comprises of a wide assortment of bird songs during the day time and insect sounds as the night falls. In the evening you can look forward to Jungle Safari and tribal dance performances by Baiga tribe. 

Start Point: Mukki End Point: Khatia

Distance: 54 KMs. Elevation: +558m/ -614m

Route Map - Here

Day 4 - The Epilogue

Khatia - Lamta - Balaghat

16th Aug 2021


Today we will travel back to Balaghat from Khatia. This route can be termed as the icing on the cake! This is because most of the route is downhill as it goes through beautiful forest on both sides. On the way we will come across the Kalapani wildlife experience centre. Enjoy the downhill but be safe! There is a small 5 kms stretch where construction is in progress. This will be a slight inconvenience otherwise from Lamta to Balaghat you can soak in the entire beauty of Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh.

Start Point: Khatia End Point: Balaghat

Distance: 112 KMs. Elevation: +729m/ -912m

Route Map - Here