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Pench national park is in the Chhindwara and Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh, and Nagpur district of Maharashtra. A river named Pench runs through the forest, and the place was named after it. Every year, this place attracts hordes of guests, as it is filled with beautiful hills, clear rivers, streams, grassy paths, and rich flora and fauna. This place is home to more than 300 species of flora and fauna and also houses a few migratory birds. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling has been inspired by the mesmerizing beauty of the Pench. The place is actually the Jungle book location.
Pench tiger reserve houses the Royal Bengal Tiger, and guests can spot this animal during summers.
Cool breeze, dense forest, and clean streams are a perfect combination for a peaceful vacation. There are numerous resorts, villas, cottages, and lodges within the park, which helps travelers explore nature while staying in comfortable rooms. guests can also stay in camps and spend the days in the open air.
Pench National park allows experiencing nature at its best. Guests can spend their time spotting different types of birds and animals. Apart from that, they can also indulge in various fun-filled activities like boating, elephant safari, nature trails, bonfire, cycling, and many more.
Seoni and Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh &. Nagpur, District Maharashtra, India
2 hours from Nagpur airport
October to June
Mammals: Tiger, Leopards, Common Giant Flying Squirrel, Dhole, Gaur, Barking Deer, Monitor Lizard, Indian Rock Python, Rusty-spotted Cat, Jungle Cat
Birds: Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Osprey, Black-Hooded Oriole, Sirkeer Malkoha, Grey Nightjar, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Scaly-Breasted Munia, Jungle Owlet, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Brown Fish Owl, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon
It is a regular affair to spot tigers and leopards in a Pench national park safari. Apart from tigers, the place is home to many species like spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, nilgai, sloth bear, four-horned antelope, and many more animals. Langurs and wild pigs are present in abundance, and people can easily see them roaming in the forest.
Spotting a flying squirrel, wolf, porcupine, or Indian pangolin is a rare event. The national park is home to some reptiles like Indian Flap Shell Turtle, Indian Python, Varanus Salvator, and Peninsular Black Turtle.
Pench is a heaven for bird lovers as well. The park accommodates more than 170 different types of bird species. One can easily spot mynahs, Little Grebe, pigeons, sunbirds, wagtails, minivets, bulbuls, and many more. The chirping sound of the birds fill the air and it feels like the birds are welcoming the guests. One can also spot the migratory birds and waterbirds near the artificial wetlands created by the Pench reservoir.
Guests can take the open jeep safari to explore the forest. The jeep safari often gives the thrill of sighting a big cat from close quarters. Jeep safari is one of the most loved activities and guests indulge in as apart from tigers, the safari gives an opportunity to spot numerous other birds and animals. Pench tiger reserve is filled with many species, and guests can easily spot at least a few of them.
Pench national park provides happiness to both adventurous persons and nature enthusiasts. Trip to Pench tiger reserve would be incomplete without taking the jungle safari. Nature lovers can spot numerous animals and colorful birds while adventure-seekers can get the thrill of spotting wild animals, especially the tigers quite closeby. The park is spread across both Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and has around seven safari zones. Each safari zone is located from 2kms to 80kms. Sillari zone and Khursapar zone fall in Maharashtra. Khursapar zone is the most preferred zone by the guests. Madhya Pradesh houses remaining zones that include Turia zone, Jamtara zone, Wolf sanctuary, Karmajhiri zone, Teliya zone, and Rukhad zone. The most preferred zone is the Turia zone.
Morning safari timings: 5.30 am to 10.30 am
Afternoon safari timings: 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Night safari timings: 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Pachdhar is a small village that is 18 km away from the Turia gate. The village is known as potter's village, and guests can try pot making or buy unique and beautiful potteries.
Totladoh Dam is built on the Pench river. This place serves as a good picnic spot.
Bird and nature lovers can head to Kohka lake. The lake is beautiful, and guests can enjoy the sunset and also spot different species of birds.