Pench Tiger Reserve

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Pench Tiger Reserve
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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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Bengaluru, India140 contributions
Good place to spot a tiget - if you are lucky
Mar 2021
We went for early morning safari from Kuhursapar gate. There were atleast 30 other jeeps during that time, however just 2 jeeps including one of ours got to see a tiger. This also happened because of the excellent knowledge and techinque of our guide Mr Sanju. We also got to see some deer and rare birds.

Overall a good experience
Written March 22, 2021
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RoadTripper Abhishek
Mumbai, India138 contributions
Pench National Park - Not just Tigers
Aug 2020
We had 2 safaris booked during our stay – one each in the morning and afternoon. Pench is spread across the 2 states of MP and Maharashtra. Be sure which side your gate is on, or you may end up like us, having to take a 15 Kms drive to get to the entry gate.

As for us, we saw several ubiquitous deer and a couple of sambhar on both our safaris, but no tiger. Some members of our group were obviously disappointed with this. Their perspective was since they’d taken the trouble of coming all the way here, the least the tigers could’ve done is given them an audience. But that was not to be. As for Ritika and I, we were in bliss just to be in a forest, so all in all, good fun.

Since most resorts are in the buffer zone you can spend time wandering around in the forest. Largely deciduous in nature, the forest isn’t very dense. During winter it can be a sheer pleasure walking through them.

During our walks we came across several deer and peacocks, and spent a blissful 3 days trekking through the jungles with the kids. Nothing beats walking through nature with your loved ones. Not only do you discover things about each other, but in several cases these little sojourns turn out to be windows of revelation to one’s own inner selves.
Written January 8, 2021
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Nagpur, India626 contributions
Pench National Park
Oct 2020
Visited Pench National Tiger Reserve Park in October . Great experience. Basically Pench Tiger reserve situated both in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. We entered the park from Touria Gate. It is around 100 km from Nagpur in Nagpur-Jabalpur road. You have to book online permit . Park open in morning ( 6 am to 11:30 am) and in evening (3.00pm to 6pm).
Written October 23, 2020
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Pleasanton, CA21 contributions
Fantastic Tiger Sighting
Mar 2020
We were there in early March, weather was not too hot, it even rained one morning. Yet we managed to sight 6 tigers in 3 days including the famous Collarwali tigress and 3 of her sub-adult cubs on the last day (6 safaris, one from Maharashtra, and five from Madhya Pradesh). Guides were knowledgable, and jeep rides were long. Plenty of dust during the jeep rides, protect your expensive camera equipment from the dust.
Written April 14, 2020
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Pune, India63 contributions
Trilling Tiger Sightings at Pench
Mar 2020
Pench Tiger Reserve has multiple gates. We entered from gate at Turia. Safari start early in the morning in a systematic manner by forest officers & allocated one the three routes for the safari in an open 4WD Gypsy.
In the month of March the weather is slightly cold but very pleasant. As you travel thru the dense jungle You can feel freshness in the air & inhale lot of oxygen.As per the guide it has more than 50 tigers. In our 3 Safaris We were lucky to see 4 tigers, one named " Katya" ( Son of Tigress Langdi ) , Two more male Cubs around 2 yrs old and also one more. Add to this was a thrilling experience wherein one of the tiger was following up a deere but just missed it. Couple of times we could see those tigers just because of our Guide & our patience because they are very close to us but get perfectly camouflaged with trees. Also had a view of three Jackles at different times, Many Deere, Sambars, few Gaur and Elephants.
This is one of the safaris in which you get your breakfast packed from the hotel itself and you can have the same at the interiors of the jungle. ( there is forest office inside of the jungle with good toilet facility, resto with quick bite like Aloo Bonda and tea). At the entry gate you will be able to buy good souvenirs.
Written March 29, 2020
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Nitin Hardikar
Mumbai, India1 contribution
Pench - Thurai Gate
Mar 2020
visited Pench Tiger Reserve from 12th to 15th March 2020. total six safaris, out of which four from Thuria Gate. spotted Tiger, Deer, Sambar Dear, some rare birds. overall good experience. however the Canter Safari from Thuria gate is very disappointing. this is 18 seater with daily ticket. the driver as well as the guide are least interested in showing you around. their attitude borders on arrogance. the 14th evening and 15th morning safari (driver was same) in the Canter was complete waste. the two guide and the driver spend time chatting among themselves, they take a route which follows particular pattern (we were able to spot it as we did back to back safari) stop at same place again again and have no concern or interest about the tourist. pathetic. the Gypsy safari is good.
Written March 20, 2020
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Pune, India17 contributions
Pench Tiger Reserve
Mar 2020 • Couples
Visited Pench Tiger Reserve from 12th to 14th March 2020. Total 4 safaris. Sight of Tigers in 3 safaris which was the luckiest for us. Spotted Deer, Monkeys, Sambars, Jackals, Peacocks etc also. It was a memorable experience. The Jungle Resort ‘Bazz’ gave us an excellent service throughout. Some photos and clippings are shared herewith. Best Luck!
Written March 19, 2020
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Chennai (Madras), India34 contributions
Pench MP Thuria Gate
Feb 2020
Managed to get single seats for evening safari on the same day at Thuria gate ticket counter. For evening safari, tickets can be bought at 10.30 am.
Good to go early and be the first few, in the line. The chances are better to get the single seat ticket. It’s Rs,260/- per seat to book. Six max per gypsy. It’s Rs. 2500/= for a gypsy and Rs 480 to Rs.600 per guide (based on experience and seniority). These two amounts need to be shared by six single seat passengers. It’s to be paid after completing the safari to the driver and guide.

Large park and we were able to see rare birds, deers, stags, gaur, monkeys, bison, wild dogs, Neel Ghai and peacocks. Tiger wasn’t in sight. But few persons in other jeeps did see one.

On the whole good to visit once. I came across some persons trying there luck the second or third time through the same gate.
Written March 17, 2020
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London, UK2,667 contributions
Attractive terrain & scenery enhanced game drived
Mar 2020 • Couples
There are tigers but visitors are best advised not to obsess to a point where enjoyment turns on sightings of tigers alone.

The point is there is plenty of wildlife to enjoy in Pench whether or not you see tigers or, less likely, leopards or sloth bears.

As usual, the quality of guide is very important, meaning more about your own guide than the obligatory local addition, though one of these had laser like spotting ability. And, some drivers are more considerate to you than others.

Pench administration was more relaxed than other places are e.g. passport production once only and can use iPhones as cameras.

(Yes, tigers were seen, but these sightings have not coloured the overall Excellent rating warranted even if we had not been lucky)
Written March 9, 2020
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Maria J
Chennai (Madras), India36 contributions
Spotted tiger
Feb 2020 • Family
Spotted tiger crossing the was an awesome experience. Lots of deer and peacocks, also saw wild gaur and jackal... overall very nice place if you are interested in wildlife
Written March 8, 2020
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