Pench national park
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Pench national park

  • Location : Western Ghats, which is shared between two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

  • Coverage area :  591-sq-km

  • Main attraction :  Four Horned Antelope, Sambar

  • Best time to visit : October to May

Located in the centre of Madhya Pradesh, the Pench National Park has a lot of glories to its name. Awarded for "Best Management" in 2011, the park has an abundance of Bengal Tigers accompanied by a huge variety of wildlife, so if you are the adventurous kind, then this place should be the next place on your bucket list.

One would be amazed to know about this fantastic park which inspired Rudyard Kipling to write "The Jungle Book" and served as the setting for the same. Along with this, the Pench National Park also found itself to be the perfect location for BBC's documentary on tigers titled as “Spy In The Jungle” which in turn increased its tourism.


Location of the pench national park

Divided between the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara, the park has gotten its name from the Pench River flowingthrough it and separating the two halves into equals.

The park totals an area of 758 sq.km out of which the core of the park is 299 sq.km comprising the Priyadarshini National Park and Mowgli Pench Sanctuary. The rest 464 sq.km is the buffer zone.


Geographical landscape of the national park

The geographical landscape of the National Park includes small hills and mixed teak forests giving the scenery a majestic and breathtaking view. The park is located at 79007'45"E longitude and 21037'N latitude.

Even though a significant portion of the park is situated in Madhya Pradesh, an additional portion of it extends to Maharashtra which is easily accessible through Madhya Pradesh for the tourists. The Pench River also adds to the natural beauty of the park.


Nearby wildlife sanctuaries

Fossil National Park, Van Vihar National Park, and Panna National Park are a few sanctuaries near the Pench National Park which the tourists can also visit.


The climatic conditions of the area

The place experiences a total of three seasons comprising summer (March-June), monsoon (June- September) and winters (November – February). It sees temperature sinking to 4°C during winters while the temperature is rising to 42°C during the time of summer.

The Park also experiences an annual rainfall of 1,300 mm.


Ideal time to visit the national park

Since the park sees heavy showers of rainfall, it is usually closed from July to September and the best time to visit the reserve is between November to May.

The area is hot and humid during the summers due to the influence of the river flowing through it, so it would be ideal for one to visit the place mainly the winter season.


Types of animals that inhabit the wildlife park

As mentioned earlier, the National Park is a home to numerous wildlife and vegetation which makes the place all the most exciting and accessible. The main attraction of this place is the Bengal Tigers which inhabit the place in a vast number.

Mammals in the national park

The Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Sloth Bear, Jungle Cat, Chital, Wild Boar and many more.

Birds

Blue Kingfisher, Red Velvet Bulbul, Indian Roller, Myna, Crow Pheasant, herons, etc.

Reptiles

Russlle’s Viper, Spectacle Cobra, Common Sea Boa, etc.

The natural vegetation or flora

The Pench National Park is not only rich in wildlife but also is abundant in vegetation. The famous white Kulu trees, famously known as “ghost trees” dominate the green scenery of the park. Other than that, the forest covers a large variety of species such as lendia, salai, amaltas and many more.

The forest floor is covered mainly with grass and bushes. While Bamboo is found at a few places, the rest is eaten by natural wildlife; some are brewed for beer.


Distance from major cities

  • Mumbai ,1011 km

  • Indore ,615 km

  • Nagpur ,167 km

  • Delhi ,1016 km

  • Kolkata ,1260 km


How to reach the National park ?

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By Air :

The nearest airports from the park are the airports of Nagpur and Jabalpur which are connected to all the major cities of the country.

By Train :

Again, all the major cities of the country have connected rail routes to Nagpur and Jabalpur from where the tourists can take the road route to Pench Park.

By Road :

Although it might be a long way by road from some cities, if you are an adventurous person and crave the road trips with your gang, then this might be the best way since Pench is easily accessible by road.

Where to stay while touring pench national park ?

The place does not accommodate the residents but also welcomes tourists. For that, there are a lot of hotels, motels, and resorts for the people visiting the park. Some of them are :-

  • Tuli Tiger Corridor

  • Welcome Heritage Jungle Home Resort and Spa

  • Tathastu

  • Village Machaan Resort

  • Baghvan Pench National Park- A Taj Safari Lodge

All about the safari rides

Just like other reserve parks, this one also offers Safari rides and to get the full experience; one should not miss the opportunity to get the hold of its tickets. There are a lot of slots for the rides, starting from 6 a.m. till 7 p.m. So, the next time you are planning a trip to the park, do not forget to book the tickets for the safari.

Some fabulous places to visit near pench national park

Because of the park’s unique location, one has a lot of options to choose from. They have two different states they can explore, and one should not miss the chance to experience all of it.

I hope this article has succeeded in convincing a trip to the mesmerising park and it's a promise that you would not be disappointed after visiting it.


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