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Pench Tiger Reserve

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| Seoni, 480881, India
+91 99997 42000
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My favourite forest

This is one of my favourite national park where I have seen most of the tigers, whenever I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bhattacharya1959
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Navi Mumbai, India
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Superb Must Visit

we were very skeptical while going to the place as it rained a day before. and we knew we had... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ArulAggarwal
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Ahmedabad
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Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and a buffer. The Park nestles in the Southern slopes of the Satpura ranges of Central India. The river Pench, which splits the National Park into two, forms the lifeline of the Park. The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Several natural history books like R. A. Strendale's 'Seonee - Camp life in Satpura Hills,' Forsyth's 'Highlands of Central India' and Dunbar Brander's 'Wild Animals of Central India' explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature's abundance in this tract. Strendale's semi-autobiographical 'Seonee' was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. FACTS Remember Mowgli, the pint-sized 'Man-Child' or Bagheera, the Black Panther? And who can forget the inimitable Sher Khan, the villain of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. Kipling was inspired to write his memorable book by the luxuriant forest cover of Pench teeming with an astonishing variety of wildlife. EXCURSIONS For more details visit National Parks Excursion Reservation Portal MUST SEE PLACES LAND OF THE 'THE JUNGLE BOOK': The Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighbourhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book. Kipling borrowed heavily from Robert Armitage Strendale's books 'Seonee', 'Mammalia of India and Ceylon' and 'Denizens of the Jungle' for the topography, wildlife, and its ways. Mowgli was inspired by Sir William Henry Sleeman's pamphlet, 'An Account of Wolves Nurturing Children in Their Dens' which describes a wolf-boy captured in Seoni district near the village of Sant Baori in 1831. Many of The Jungle Book's locations are actual locations in Seoni District, like the Waingunga river with its gorge where Sherkhan was killed, Kanhiwara villlage and the 'Seeonee hills'. TOPOGRAPHY: The terrain of the park is undulating with mainly gentle slopes criss-crossed by streams and nullahs. Most of these water courses are seasonal. Many of the hills are flat-topped and allow fine vistas of the forests around. The best known of these is 'Kalapahar' with an altitude of 650 mts. The Pench river flowing through the centre of the Reserve is dry by April but a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found, which serve as waterholes for wild animals. A few perennial springs also exist. Recently a number of earthen ponds and shallow wells have been developed leading to well distributed sources of water all around the reserve. CONSERVATION HISTORY: In the year 1977 an area of 449.39 sq km was declared Pench Sanctuary. Out of this, an area of 292.85 sq km was declared Pench National Park in the year 1983 and 118.31 sq km remained as Pench Sanctuary. In 1992 Government of India declared 757.89 sq km area including the National Park and the sanctuary as the 19th Tiger Reserve of the country. 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". The Pench hydroelectric dam straddles the Maharashtra - Madhya Pradesh boundary. The dam, constructed between 1973 and 1988 has resulted in the submergence of about 74 sq km area out of which 54 km is in the Park, the rest being in Maharashtra. FORESTS AND WILDLIFE: The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance. The area has always been rich in wildlife. It is dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches. The high habitat heterogeneity favours high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has highest density of herbivores in India (90.3 animals per sq km). 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, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine etc. 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. GETTING HERE Nagpur, (92km); 80 km along National Highway 7 to Khawasa and then 12 Km to Turia gate. Jabalpur (195km), Nagpur (92km), Chhindwara ( 120 km), Seoni (60km). Jabalpur (195 km); 1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favourite national park where I have seen most of the tigers, whenever I visited. Touriya Gate is main entry gate where you will get maximum nos of jeep safari booking. Different types of hotels available near Touriya gate. It is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we were very skeptical while going to the place as it rained a day before. and we knew we had feeble chances of seeing a tiger. but since we already booked the safari we went. it was superb experience. a well managed place by the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"Went to pench national park with my family and entered through turia gate.To reach touria gate drive on nh 7 till banjari mata mandir and then take a left turn to reach touria safari gate.Had booked the afternoon safari and was lucky to sight a...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

I have visited Pench Tiger reserve twice. Total 4 Safaris I have done only through Touria gate. Unfortunately I have not spotted any tiger in any of the safari. Here are few details which might help you while planning. Pench has two set of entries....More

2  Thank KaustavSBanerjee
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Visited this forest reserve along with my wife and kid. We stayed in a resort 'Pench Jungle Camp' and stay was wonderful. We did two safaris (Morning and Evening) through Turia Gate and fortunate enough to see tigers in both the safaris. Did my online...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

3 Safaris, 13 tiger sightings (of 6 different tigers!), what more can you ask for!! Add to that sightings of a large number of other animals and a wide variety of bird species and it turned out to be a perfect Jungle visit! We stayed...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

I was very excited to visit place of Mowgli character from “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. The forest has tall trees and you could see thought the forest. I have seen maximum numbers of Tigers at Pench. My first safari was on 4th morning...More

1  Thank KKallol
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

4 Safaris 10 Sightings What else could one ask for ! Very few tigers, but most of them in the buffer zone, which means there's a high chance you will spot one. Khursapar Gate is highly recommended.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Over two separate visits, I have been on four safaris at Pench - three from the Touria Gate and one from the Khursapar Gate. We did have one excellent and long sighting of a single tigress eating her prey early in the morning inside Khursapar....More

Thank Shridhar_Jaju
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

We did 4 safaris, 2 early morning (6am to 11 am) and 2 evening safaris (3.30pm to 7 pm). We were lucky we saw tigers in 3 of the 4 safaris. All safaris are in jeeps with experienced drivers and guides.Carry a good pair of...More

Thank DrQuresh M
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justfun801
1 July 2018|
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Response from Bhattacharya1959 | Reviewed this property |
Now main forest is close for rainy season. Please check the booking site. Karmajhhri is very far from touria . It takes two hrs to reach from touria and Jeep will charge double. Try after 15th September
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Nachammai
24 May 2018|
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Response from KaustavSBanerjee |
Rs 5000 is certainly overcharging. But usually the amount they quote inclussive of everything. Your ideal cost for single safari should be 1500 for Jungle, 360 for Guide and 2000 for Gypsy. Total 3860 + some online charges... More
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gorasiahinesh
3 May 2018|
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Response from DrQuresh M | Reviewed this property |
Neither.. I would strongly recommend Pench Jungle camp
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