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Pench Tiger Reserve

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| Seoni, 480881, India
+91 99997 42000
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Disappointing tiger sightings.

The park is very attractive but we were unlucky with tiger sightings (two in the distance). Lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ken M
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Rugby, United Kingdom
Our tour of the Pench Tiger Reserve

We visited the Pench National Park in the last week of March this year (i.e., 2018) and I must say... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sibajichakraborty
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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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 1 week ago

The park is very attractive but we were unlucky with tiger sightings (two in the distance). Lots of other wildlife and a good wild dog sighting.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Pench National Park in the last week of March this year (i.e., 2018) and I must say that we had a great experience. The summer was just starting and wildlife viewing was good, if not the best. The park has several gates...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

on the first few mins of the first safari we saw a leopard crossing the road. after that we heard of another leopard sleeping. we quickly rushed to that place. on the way we saw peacocks dancing, ruddy shelducks and sandpipers. we reached the place...More

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Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

Wonderfull Wild live with many different animals. We Saw a lepard but no Tiger. God guides and fair roads inside the park.

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Reviewed February 25, 2018

Very beautiful park, peaceful & tranquil compared to Tadoba, no racing of Gypsys here, however we feel the chances of seeing a tiger are much less. We had five drives & were very impressed with the standard of the park guides we had. All spoke...More

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Reviewed February 7, 2018

Everybody knows Pench Tiger Reserve is known as 'Land of Mowgli'. Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous story 'Jungle Book' keeping Pench in his mind. Pench National Park comes under two States, one Madhya Pradesh and other is Maharashtra. In Madhya Pradesh it is under Seoni...More

2  Thank Jeet11
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Reviewed January 24, 2018

Pench National Park or Tiger Reserve is one of the premier tiger reserves of India and the only one to straddle across two states - Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Ordinarily, the reference to Pench is mostly always to the tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh(M.P). The...More

1  Thank sudhanshu415
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Reviewed January 21, 2018

Tiger reserves in central India - Pench included - are no longer easily accessible to the budget traveler or back-packer - who is usually also an avid wildlifer. Home-stays are practically non-existent and non-standard, budget lodges (i.e. lower than Rs. 1500 per night) practically non-existent....More

1  Thank Prosenjit1944
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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

We visited the Pench National Park before Tadoba and Pench was much better. The guide's in Pench were much more friendly, their knowledge about the animal is better compared toll Tadoba and they are better in working with foot prints and alarm calls. We had...More

1  Thank Vivien L
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Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

Had a good experience all together. Just a small issue couldn't see the tiger in 4 safaris done back to back.thats pure luck .!! Had a little bad experience as forest officers are not cooperative. Addition of a visitor takes 30 minutes minimum and that...More

Thank Jinesh D
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We stayed in MP Tourisim managed Hotel called Kipling Court near Turia gate for MP side of Pench and at MTDC (Maharashtra) - Silari Tourist Resort facility near Silari gate for Maharashtra side of Pench. As I understand... More
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