An impeccable place to walk down the memory lanes of your childhood days of the famous story ‘The Jungle Book’.
In the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, Pench National Park is located in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. Named after the pristine River Pence which flows through the park, Pench National Park is one of the most popular wildlife reserves in India. The park also has its mention in the famous story of 1894, ‘The Jungle Book’, penned down by the renowned English Author Rudyard Kipling. The story was worldwide applauded, and hence, the national park became one of the popular national parks in the world in the 1970s and also a prominent tourist attraction in India. Since then, every year oodles of wildlife buffs flock to this place just to spot the famous characters of the book, Akela (The Indian Wolf), Raksha (the female Wolf), Baloo (Sloth Bear), and the vicious Shere Khan (Royal Bengal Tiger).
Sprawls over a massive area of 758 sq km, including the core area, Pench National Park has a rich wildlife which proffers visitors an opportunity to indulge into one of the finest wildlife experiences in India. Since its inception in 1965 as a wildlife sanctuary, the park has serving as the cosy nest of numerous wild creatures including the Royal Bengal tiger, jackal, peafowl, wild dog, wild boar, sloth bear, Indian leopard, fox, striped hyena, monkey, gaur, barking deer, four-horned antelope, Indian wolf, and more such enthralling species. However, later in the year 1975 and 1992, the sanctuary got the recognition of national park and tiger reserve, respectively.
Fauna & Flora
Though Pench National Park looks very similar to the classic tale, it actually is more than that. The national park is home to flora species like Mahua, White Kulu, Salai, Saja, Bijiyasal, Dhaora, Amaltas and many other. Apart from trees, the park is filled with grasslands, plants and saplings.
Pench National Park is a residence of a great variety of wildlife. The place is an abode of real Sher Khans (Bengal Tigers) accompanied by Chital, Jungle Cat, Wolf, Indian Leopard, Gaur, Four-horned Antelope, Sloth Bear and many other wildlife. Also a great variety of birds like Crow Pheasant, Peafowl, Pintail, Lesser Whistling Teal, Indian Roller, Wagtail, Munia, Waterfowl, Blue Kingfisher, Crimson-Breasted Barbet, Red-Vented Bulbul are found here.
Day 1: Nagpur – Pench Tiger Reserve
Located in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of the central state of Madhya Pradesh, Pench park derives its name from a River called Pench which flows through the park. It flows from north to south and divides the park into two nearly equal western and eastern halves – the forested areas of Chhindwara and Seoni respectively. As the density of prey population is higher here, the Tigers are usually seen around the Pench River. It also serves as the major water source, desiccates, or dries up in April end. Then, water pools referred to as ‘dohs’ function water suppliers for the fauna of the park, alongside Pench Reservoir. Characterized by small ridges and hills having steep slopes, with a variety of seasonal streams, carving the terrain into many folds and furrows, the overall topography of Pench Tiger Reserve is mostly undulating. The topography becomes flattered on the brink of the Pench River.
On arrival at the Nagppur airport/ railway station for this wildlife journey. After reaching, you will be taken to Pench, which is around 100 km from Nagpur and takes around 2 and half hour to reach. After reaching, you will be check-in at the pre-booked hotel/resort/Lodge and take some rest. After lunch, you will leave for a safari ride into the jungles of Pench Tiger Reserve. After the safari, back to the hotel/resort/lodge, Have dinner. Overnight stay at resort/hotel/Lodge.
Day 2 – 3: Pench Tiger Reserve – Morning & Afternoon Safari
We will leave for the morning safari, early morning safaris have more chances for sighting the animals. You explore the fauna and flora of the National Park. This safari lasts for around three hours, then return to the hotel/resort/lodge. Then freshen up, have breakfast, and rest for a few hours. After lunch, you will leave for another afternoon safari. After the safari, return to the Resort/Hotel/Lodge to relax. Enjoy the delicious dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/resort/lodge.
Day 4: Pench – Nagpur Airport/Railway Station
We will leave for the morning safari then return to the hotel/resort/lodge. Then freshen up, have breakfast. Check out and drop you at Nagpur Airport/ railway station to board the train /flight for your home. Trip Ends
By Air: The nearest airport to Pench Tiger Reserve is Nagpur, which is around 95 km and takes around 2 hrs to reach
By Rail: : The nearest airport to Pench Tiger Reserve is Nagpur, which is around 90 km and takes around 2 hrs to reach.
By Road: By road, Seoni which is a part of Madhya Pradesh is the best way to reach the national park. The city is well connected to nearby places in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Taxis are also a good option to reach Pench as the national park is settled on the Nagpur-Jabalpur highway which is easily accessible via it.
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