Rukhad Jeep Safari
Distance (From Pench National Park): 35 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
Transportation Options: Cab
Travel Tips: Being the buffer zone of Pench, Rukhad remains open for tourists throughout the year. It is closed on every Wednesday evening and on the occasion of Holi and Diwali.
At a distance of 35 km from Turiya, Rukhad is the buffer zone of Pench National Park. The entry gate of this zone is situated at Rukhad village on NH - 44.
This zone is also known as Bison Sanctuary or Bison Retreat. The zone houses beautiful dense forest and recommended for forest lovers who flock here in search of beauty, respite, and solitude. Though the density of animals is less, one can enjoy the beautiful forest along with a mesmerizing sunset from the top of Korai Garh during your safari in this zone of Pench. The zone carries various species of flowers and trees.
Open throughout the year, visitors can explore Rukhad zone by Jeep safari. There are two safaris in a day, one starting in the morning and the other late in the afternoon. The tour lasts for 3 to 4 hours by jeep. The Jungle Safari is done only with vehicles registered with the park administration as private vehicles are not allowed inside the park. Each jeep can take up to 6 travelers other than a driver and one naturalist. Each gate offers safari permit to the exclusive area of that range and no vehicle is allowed to interchange the zones while on safari. The entry and exit gate for the vehicle has to be same. The safari entry and exit timings change according to the change of seasons. Afternoon shift is typically closed on every Wednesday and completely closed on Holi & Diwali festivals.
No online bookings are available, which means tickets must be booked directly at the booking window. This is the best zone for those who are not too interested in having too many vehicles around. Else, one can book safari tickets through hotels or travel agents. All the visitors are required to carry their original identity document during safari drives as it is verified at the entrance gate. During safari drive, guide service is compulsory on each safari vehicle.
Safari Timings: 6 AM - 11 AM & 3 PM - 6 PM, closed on every Wednesday evening, during Holi & Diwali
Entry Fee (approximately): Rs. 1550 for Jeep Entry (max 6 pax), Rs. 360 for Guide, & Rs. 2000 for Jeep