Pench National Park
Best Time To Visit:
March – May
October – February
Flight: New Delhi – Nagpur
Railway: New Delhi – Seoni OR New Delhi – Jabalpur
About Pench National Park
A total of 758 Sq. kms of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest has its extent mingling with the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is crisscrossed by a number of streams and ‘nallahs’ most of which are seasonal. Though the Pench River dries up toward end of April, a number of water pools locally known as ‘dohs’ are found here, which serve as water holes for the wild animals.
The Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period. This park shot into prominence with increase in wildlife tourism in the year 2002. However, it was even before tourism began, that the park was discovered by Rudyard Kipling and penned as a memoir forever with his famous “Jungle Book”.
In Pench, a healthy population of the Cheetal, Sambar and Nilgai are commonly seen grazing the open sites on roadsides and banks of the river & reservoir. Packs up to 15 of wild dog can be seen near Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Herds of Gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches commonly in summer months. Sloth beer occupy hilly, rocky out crops and favor mahul bel infested forest. The Chinkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages.
Pench National Park Tiger Safari Tours
Popular Fauna at Pench
Tiger Safaris at Pench National Park
Pench National Park conducts two types of jeep safaris. A full day safari and a half day safari.
Half Day Jeep Safaris: A half day jeep safari can be further categorised as a morning safari and an evening safari. The morning safaris start around 0600 hours depending on the sunrise time and lasts for about 4.5-5 hours. After the morning safari, the guest heads back to the lodge/resort. You can freshen up, eat a quick lunch, relax for a bit and later head back in to the jungle for your evening safari. The evening safari lasts for about 3 – 3.5 hours depending on the time of sunset. Post your evening safari, you head back to the lodge for dinner and take the rest of the evening at leisure.
Full Day Jeep Safaris: A full day safari is a jeep safari wherein your vehicle/jeep enters the park 15-20 minutes prior to all other safari vehicles. You spend the day within the national park, including eating lunch amidst the forest wilderness. You head back out 15 minutes after all the jeeps have exited the park post the evening safari. This type of safari proves more fruitful during pleasant months like October – November or even the fag end of February – March. A full day safari is also mostly taken by professional photographers who are following a particular species or documentarians who wish to film a specific family within the national park.
Accomodations at Pench National Park
Vannraj Resort and Spa
Pench Jungle Camp
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