Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the
satpuda hills is named after Pench river,
meandering through the
park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of
Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and
The undulating terrain of Pench is covered with small hills and well
stocked taek and mixed forest. The main flora being Teak (Tectona
grandis) , Saja (Terminalia tomentosa), Bija (Pterocarpus marsupium),
Lendia, Haldu, Dhaora, Aonla, Amaltas etc. The ground is covered
with a number of grasses, bushes, herbs & shrubs. Dazzling white
Kullu trees scattered around singly in the forest is conspicuous
among various hues of green. The old plantations of Teak & Bamboo
add orderly vistas in the otherwise general wilderness.
The flow of Pench river stops in December, what remains are a few
scenic and serene pools in the river bed. There are a few perennial
springs and tanks. At the southern boundary of park, the Pench river
has been dammed for Pench hydroelectic project at Totladoh. At the
maximum capacity the reservoir submerges 54 sq kms of the park area.
This had been the loss of best valley forest, which was once
referred by Sir Rudyard Kipling in his book named "Jungle Book".
This large reservoir of Pench with sporadic islands attract a number
of winter birds from north.
Cheetal, SamBAR, Neelgai are commonly seen grazing on the open sites
on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in
search of food anywhere in park . Packs of wild dogs can also be
seen occasionally . Herds of Gaur can be spotted near streams and
bamboo patches, more common during summer months.
Langurs are very common. Whereas Rhesus monkeys may be seen
occasionally on the fringes There are around 50 Tigers and 30
Leopards they are a shy lot and can be seen on roads and near water
pools of river during summer months. Pench boasts of more than 210
species of birds including several migratory ones. Commonly seen are
Pea fowl, Red jungle fowl, Crow pheasant, Crimson breasted barbet,
Redvented bulbul, Racket tailed drongo, Magpie robin, Lesser
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.
Morning Safari: 0730 hrs
Evening Safari: 1500 hrs
Morning Safari: 1030 hrs
Evening Safari: 1730 hrs
Morning Safari: 0630 hrs
Evening Safari: 1600 hrs
Morning Safari: 0930 hrs
Evening Safari: 1830 hrs
Nov 1 to
Feb 15 & May 1 to Jun 30 (6 - 11 AM)
Feb 16 to
Apr 30 (6 AM - 12:20 PM)
Nov 1 to
Feb 15 (2:30 - 5:30 PM)
May 1 to
Jun 30 (3:30 - 6:20 PM)
Feb 16 to
Apr 30 (4 - 7 PM)
(in Indian Rupees)
(Rates are subject to
By Air :
Nagpur is the nearest airport connected by daily Indian Aitlines
flight from Delhi & Mumbai. Jet Airways flies daily to Nagpur from
Delhi & Mumbai.
By Rail :
Nagpur is the nearest railhead connected by regular trains from
major Indian cities.
By Road :
The route from Nagpur is through the national highway no. 7 to
Khawasa via Kamptee, Mansar, Deolapar and Manegaon. From here, take
the district road to Pench National Park.
Distances from Major Cities
Nagpur : 92 km
|Tips & Important Information
There are three entry
gates to the park, the Turia gate (the most convenient entry gate),
Karmajhuri gate and the Jamtara gate.
Private vehicles are
allowed inside the park but only with the company of an authorised
Early morning safari can
be the most rewarding if you want to spot tigers and other rare
Try not to wear flashy clothes and strong smelling perfumes.
Follow the instructions
of your guide and do not pollute the environment.
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