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It is located to the south of Satpura hills. It is named after the name of the river Pench which streams through this area. This is the 19th project tiger reserve in India and was affirmed in 1992.It has tropical moist deciduous forest. The prey concentration is highest along the banks of the river Pench. The Pench national park has a count of 8 tigers (as in 1998) and 7 panthers (as in 1998).this national park is rich with chitals i.e. axis or more commonly spotted deer. The name of Pench National Park was changed to “Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park” in November 2002 Similarly the name of Pench Sanctuary has been changed to “Mowgli Pench Sanctuary”. Basically This is the land that encouraged Rudyard Kipling to write that all-time favourite, “The Jungle Book” – walk through Pench and one can visualize Mowgli swinging through the trees and almost hear the roar of Sher Khan. Located on the border of Madhya Pradesh and adjoining Maharashtra, the Pench National Park is well-known for the profusion of flora and fauna found within the park as the varied species of wildlife. Named after the river that flows nearby, Pench was affirmed a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983 and in 1992, Pench was included under the umbrella of “Project Tiger” as the 19th Project Tiger Reserve.

‘Pench Tiger Reserve’ is spread over 785 sq. km. It was awarded the ‘Best Maintained Park Award’ in 2011 and attracts tourists from all over the world.

Wildlife population, especially that of Tigers has grown encouragingly. On an average, since 4 years, we have seen 4 to 5 tigress having litters which are 3 to 4 cubs each. Our park is  a paradise for ‘bird watchers’ with 285 species. it also boasts of 45 Butterflies, 33 Mammals, 1200 Plants and 13 Reptile species.

Pench may be the only park that can boast of 6 safari options Turia Gate (2 Km), Khusapar Gate (8 Km), Wolf Safari (8 km), Sillari Gate (35 km), Rukkhad Gate (30 km) and finally soon to start Tiger Safari just 4 km away.

Biodiversity of Pench Tiger reserve (FLORA FAUNA )

The Pench Tiger Reserve located in the southern reaches of the Satpura hill ranges constituted in 1992 has a total area of 757.90 sq km out of which 292.86 sq km is the core area of the reserve, 118.30 sq km of Pench wildlife sanctuary & 346.7 sq km of area is the buffer zone. The forest cover belongs to the southern tropical moist teak & dry teak forests & the southern dry mixed deciduous forest. The ground is covered with a maze of grasses, plants bushes & saplings. Bamboo is restricted to some valleys, dazzling white kulu (sterculia urens) trees scattered around singly in the forest stand out conspicuously among the various hues of green.

PENCH NATIONAL PARK FAUNA & FLORA


The area is especially famous for large herds of Gaur (Indian Bison), Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Dog and Wild Pig. The key predator is the Tiger followed by Leopard, Wild Dog and Wolf. Other animals include Sloth Bear,Tiger, Spotted Deer, Black-naped Hare, Indian Pipistrelle, Common House Rat, Indian Gerbille, Indian Flying Fox, Black buck, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine etc.

We suppose that 720 varieties of plants including some rare medicinal ones with a pledge to collect over a 1000 species can be a matter of pride for any biologist. Our bird checklist of their sightings within “Tathastu” is steadily increasing with 92 recorded till date.

There are over 285 species of resident and migratory birds including the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard, etc. In winter thousands of migratory waterfowl including Brahmini Duck, Pochards, Barheaded Geese, Coots, etc visit the tanks and the Pench reservoir within the Park.

Pench Tiger Reserve is also among the best areas for bird watching. Four species of the now endangered vultures white-rumped, longbilled, white scavenger and king vulture can be seen in good numbers in the Reserve. The other fauna present include 50 species of fishes, 10 amphibians, 30 reptiles, 45 butterflies, 54 moths and numerous other insects. Other butterflies include Crimson Rose, Cabbage whit, Yellow Swallowtail, Common MormoPrinceps, Common Sailer, Great Mormon Princeps, Common Jezebel, Common Tiger, Danaid Egg Fly etc.

Common Tree, Indian Bull, Skitterid, Jerdon’s Bull, Common Toad, Marbled Toad, Ornate Microhylid, Indian Cricket etc.

The forest is mixed and given the high rainfall precipitation one finds extensive stretches of Sal (Shorea robusta), a tree of moist deciduous forest in central and north India. The Sal is good quality timber, the leaves are good fodder, fruits have nutritional & medicinal value and is valued greatly by tribals. The other common tree species belong to the Terminalia genus, the most numerous being what in India is popularly known as Crocodile bark, the earlier Scientific name being Terminalia tomentosa, now it is referred to as Terminalia crenulata, it is good timber, locals call it as Saja and in Maharashtra it is called as Ain. Terminalia arjuna, locally called Arjun is distinct because of its pale bark and thick girth, is more common near water sources. Other Terminalia species are Terminalia chibula and Terminalia bellarica, Axle wood (Anogeisis latifolia), locally referred to as Dhaoda, good for making charcoal and agricultural implements is common. Labernum or Amaltas (Cassia fistula) with lovely yellow blossoms in the dry season and Flame of the forest or Palas (Butea frondosa) a glorious sight in the drier season when it is flowering, are found sprinkled all over the forest. Huge trees of Baja (Pterocarpus marsupium) & Haldu (Adena cardifolia) along with host of other large & small trees comprise the thick forest. Evergreen trees like Mango (Mangifera indica) and of Jamun or Black plum (Syzigium cumini) are also found. Bamboo thickets (Dendrocalamus strictus) are commonly found, the undergrowth is quite thick with species like Lantana and Glerodendron. The rolling meadows of grass and grassy plateau are integral to the health of the herbivore population. In some areas wildlife management practices have deliberately prevented the progression of secondary and climax vegetation to ensure adequate grasslands for the herbivores. No note on flora can be complete without a note on tall luxurian tree, Mahuwa (Madhuca Indica). Flowers of the tree useful as food and are source of very popular liquor which is compared to Ambrosia or nector of the god.

Rat Snake, Green Vine Snake, Indian Rock Python, Checkered Keelback, Buff Striped Keelback, Red Sand Boa, Common Sand Boa, Banded Kukri Snake, Indian Flapshell Turtle Indian Gamma Snake, Common Wolf Snake,

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Pench forest is spread over Satpura mountain range in which other tiger reserves like Kanha National Park & Satpura National Parks are also situated. Its is a historical forest in which Rudyard Kipling’s classic “The Jungle Book” is based. If we look the satellite pictures, we will notice that its forest is linked with Kanha Tiger Reserve and many time it is noticed that Kanha tigers have reached Pench national park. In past during British India, under mysterous circumstances some villagers near Seoni dis-appeared in forest. Col. W. H. Sleeman send a team from Jabalpur to the spot for investigation in which fact was revealed that a wolf gang is active their in which a human-boy was also gang member who lives like wolf and was later captured and put to human society but he didn’t survived long. Mowgli character was inpired from that boy. That forest area was first declared as Pench Wildlife Sanctuary in year 1977. In 1983 it was declared as Pench National Park and later in year 1992 it was included as 19th Tiger Reserve of India under Project Tiger.

Pench by Air : The nearest airports to reach Pench National Park is at Nagpur & Jabalpur. Nagpur airport is about 110kms and Jabalpur Airport is about 215 kms from Pench Tiger Reserve. Pench to Nagpur & Pench to Jabalpur can be reached easily by using taxi service that operates frequently between them. In compare to both of them, connectivity of Nagpur airport is better than Jabalpur. Nagpur Airport is a International Airport with more flight connectivity to other destinations like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Raipur, Dubai etc. Jabalpur airport is a small airport with connectivity from Delhi only.

Pench by Train: Nearest railway station for reaching Pench by train is at Nagpur city (105kms). Second option could be Jabalpur railway station (200kms) having connectivity with most of the major tourist destinations & cities of India like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Agra, Bangalore, Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow, Sawai Madhopur etc.
Pench by Train: There are state owned transport buses from Nagpur through which you can reach Khawasa Border (Madhya Pradesh-Maharashtra Border) on NH-8. From here, you are need to take some vehicle for go for Turai entrance gate where all major resorts & lodges are located. Turia entrance gate is the popular & most frequently used entrance gate for Pench Jungle Safari.

Sitaghat: The spot is undoubtedly the prettiest location in Pench national park that takes you to the awesome bank of the river with rocks & artistic looking trees. It is must to visit the location either in the morning or in the evening has it has charm with sunrise & sunset. It’s a good spot for bird lovers as well.

Alikatta: it is located in the center of the pench National park with mesmerizing grass land around & where one can spot any of the animals. However among few places that left in the country this is one of them, where every evening one can see the amazing spectacle of grazing flocks consisting of thousands of spotted deer. Where there are deer, there will be predators. So keep an eye open here. It is also the site from where the elephant rides initiate.

Chhindimatta Road: It’s a boundary line between Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. During & after monsoon one can easily watch beautiful water birds & also an excellent area for spotting buzzards, eagles & hawks as well. This section is full of ups and downs over rocky hills although rest of the park is quite flat.

Bodhanala range: The spot worth for those who love watching birds also called as a paradise for birds lover. A large number of migratory birds can also be seen here. The spot with sloping hills, bamboo forests and a huge pond has a unique charm of its own & make this site significant as well.

Raiyakassa: A watchtower has been built by the Park authorities at Raiyakassa that provides great views of the Pench River. & it is clear from the watchtower that authority also provides night stay here to watch animals like bison & tigers as well many times.

Doob Road: The trail running is an excellent area for spotting all species of animals. After the monsoon most of the migratory submerged species once again recede. Although rest of the year, it is quite frequent to come across huge flocks of deer and bison, while driving along this trail. Habitually Leopards have also been seen in this area.

Kalapahad : The Kalapahad Hill which is at an elevation of 650 meters. Here the track splits in two- one leading to Alikatta and other to Chhindimatta. It is a hilly terrain with impenetrable forest cover. Langurs, leopards and wild boars are common here. The Great Hornbill is a bird found in this area.


Pench national park is open for visitors from 16-October to 30-June. During this period, anyone can visit the park and enjoy the jungle safari. It has been seen that most of the Indian tourists prefers to visit park as per their festival holidays or children school holidays due to which their presence in better in period of October -December and April – June. Where as foreigner tourists prefers the period from November to April due to severe cold in their countries and holidays in their countries. Best time to visit Pench national park varies as per interest of visitor. Still if your are interested in core wildlife than December to April is the best time to visit Pench national park. During this period, you can enjoy some best moments of jungle safari. On the other hand if you are not serious wildlife and visiting park as leisure tour then October to April is the best time to visit. During this time wildlife sighting is good, climatic conditions are good and most of the festival falls during this period. Safari tickets are main challenge during this period. In order to enjoy better discounts, May-June months are good as most of the resorts offers some good summer discounts.

ACCOMMODATION
In Pench National Park, you can find number of resorts & lodges for accommodation purpose of visitors. Most of the safari lodges & resorts are located close to Turia gate as it is the popular entrance gate and almost all tourists do their safari through this entrance gate. Here some of the popular resorts and safari lodges Pench Jungle Camp, Baghvan, Mahua Van, Tuli Tiger Corridor Pench, Jungle Home etc.

Stay at Jungle Resort with Safari at Pench Tiger Reserve

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Wildlife safari timing in Pench national park is just like most parks in the country. Timings for entry into, and exit from, the park vary according to the season. In winters, due to the shorter duration of daylight hours, the morning entry time is later and evening exit time is earlier.

Summer Timing

Entry:
Morning Safari: 0630 hrs
Evening Safari: 1600 hrs

Exit:
Morning Safari: 0930 hrs
Evening Safari: 1830 hrs

Winter Timings

Entry:
Morning Safari: 0730 hrs
Evening Safari: 1500 hrs

Exit:
Morning Safari: 1030 hrs
Evening Safari: 1730 hrs

Summer Timing

Entry:
Morning Safari: 0630 hrs
Evening Safari: 1600 hrs

Exit:
Morning Safari: 0930 hrs
Evening Safari: 1830 hrs

Winter Timings

Entry:
Morning Safari: 0730 hrs
Evening Safari: 1500 hrs

Exit:
Morning Safari: 1030 hrs
Evening Safari: 1730 hrs

Cancellation Police:

  1. Between check in and 14 days before check in: no refund
  2. More than 14 days check in: Entire amount to be refunded in the form of credit note. Valid up to 6 months from the date of cancellation.
  3. Amount deposited against safari will be NON REFUNDABLE (NO CREDIT NOTE ALSO)

Inclusion:

Bed Tea, breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea / Coffee and Dinner.

Important Dates:

Peak Season 2017-2018

1st October to 30th June & All Holidays/Weekends

off Season:

1st July to 3 September

Safari Timing:

Morning Safari: 5:30 am to 10:30 am (resort to resort)

Evening Safari: 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm (resort to resort)

Zones Tathastu to gate Indian Citizen Additional for foreign citizen
Turia main Gate 2km INR 5,000/-
Khursapar Wildlife Sanctuary 10km INR 5,500/- INR 1,000/-
Sillari gate wildlife sanctuary 40km INR 6,000/- INR 1,000/-
Rukhad wildlife Sanctuary 35km INR 5,500/- INR 1,000/-
Kohka Dam on village sightseeing 5km INR 1,300/-
Wolf Sanctuary-Khawasa(Night or Day) 10km INR 4,500/-
Night Patrolling in Duffer Area 25km INR 2,700/-

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Entry Gates of Pench Tiger Reservesend-enquiry

1. Turia Gate | 2. Khursapur  | 3. Sillari Gate | 4. Wolf Sanctuary Gate | 5. Rukkhad Gate 6. Jamtara Gate 7. Karmajhiri Gate

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