Pench National Park

A well know tourist attraction, Pench National Park is situated in the Seoni and Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh. The region of Pench boasts of a breathtaking landscape with small hills, mixed with forest and impressive Satpura Ranges. The forest of Pench includes teak, lendi, haldu, salai and many other types of trees. The stunted plants and bushes are also a part of the vegetation of Pench. This is the 19th project tiger reserve in India and was affirmed in 1992. 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".

Attractions

Located in the southern reaches of the Satpura hill ranges, the Pench Tiger Reserve includes tigers, leopard, fox, gaur, jungle cat and many other types of animals.

The forest cover belongs to the southern tropical moist teak & dry teak forests & the southern dry mixed deciduous forest. The ground is covered with a maze of grasses, plants bushes & saplings. Bamboo is restricted to some valleys, dazzling white kulu (sterculia urens) trees scattered around singly in the forest stand out conspicuously among the various hues of green.

The commonly seen animal species of the park are Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai, Wildboar and Jackal. Leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, porcupine, jungle cat, fox, striped hyena, guar, chowsingha & barking deer are also found.
Different species of local as well as migratory birds visit Pench every year. Some of the birds found in the area are peafowl, jungle fowl, crow, pheasant, redvented bulbul, magpie robin, lesser whistling teal, pintail, shovellar, egrets & heron.

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.

Best time to visit Pench National Park
Pench national park is open for visitors from 16-October to 30-June. During this period, anyone can visit the park and enjoy the jungle safari. Best time to visit Pench national park varies as per interest of visitor. Still if you are interested in core wildlife than December to April is the best time to visit Pench national park. During this period, you can enjoy some best moments of jungle safari.

How to reach Pench National Park
By Air – The nearest airports to reach Pench National Park is at Nagpur & Jabalpur. Nagpur airport is about 110kms and Jabalpur Airport is about 215 kms from Pench Tiger Reserve.
By Train – Nearest railway station for reaching Pench by train is at Nagpur city (105kms). Second option could be Jabalpur railway station (200kms) having connectivity with most of the major tourist destinations & cities of India like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Agra, Bangalore, Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow, Sawai Madhopur etc.
By Road – You can easily catch Buses from Nagpur bus stand to reach Pench National Park.

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