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In Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara and Seoni districts as well as Maharashtra’s Nagpur district is where you can find Pench National Park. The area was given that name because of the Pench River, which flows through the woodland. This location draws throngs of visitors each year because of its stunning hills, crystal-clear rivers and streams, grassy walks, and diverse flora and wildlife. More than 300 different species of plants and animals can be found here, along with a few migrating birds. The captivating beauty of the Pench served as inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Actually, the locale is from The Jungle Book.
Pench tiger reserve houses the Royal Bengal Tiger, and guests can spot this animal during summer.
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
WHAT TO SEE
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
Seeing tigers and leopards while on a safari at Pench National Park is commonplace. In addition to tigers, the area is also home to numerous other species, including four-horned antelopes, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, nilgai, and sloth bears. There are many langurs and wild pigs, and people can readily spot them sauntering through the woodland.
It’s unusual to see a flying squirrel, wolf, porcupine, or Indian pangolin. Some reptiles, including the Indian Flap Shell Turtle, Indian Python, Varanus Salvator, and Peninsular Black Turtle, can be found in the national park.
Pench is 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 fills 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 allows spotting numerous other birds and animals. The Pench tiger reserve is filled with many species, and guests can easily spot at least a few of them.
The Pench national park provides happiness to both adventurous persons and nature enthusiasts. A 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 close by. The park is spread across both Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and has around seven safari zones. Each safari zone is located from 2kms to 80 km. Sillari zone and Khursapar zone fall in Maharashtra. Khursapar zone is the most preferred zone by the guests. Madhya Pradesh houses the remaining zones that include the 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.