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Pench Tiger Reserve

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Address: | Seoni, 480881, India
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park,...

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.

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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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Pench national park (sillari gate)

Me my wife, parents and my 8 months old daughter visited pench nation park (Maharashtra side) on 28th to 31st dec 2016. We chose the sillari gate wich is by far the best for... read more

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Me my wife, parents and my 8 months old daughter visited pench nation park (Maharashtra side) on 28th to 31st dec 2016. We chose the sillari gate wich is by far the best for animal sighting. This gate is not that well known as the onces is the MP side hence less traffic n more chances of sighting wildlife. This... More 

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Trip preparation We visited the park because our tour advisor Mr Himanshu Bagde insisted that it's the best place to visit with younger children during this time of the year. And we trusted him with his judgement. Since he informed that the lowest temp would be 7 degrees so we packed thermals , gloves and monkey caps for our kids... More 

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it's was gr8 to be part of it .amazed by the location , service , hospitality . awesomeee food beautiful rooms

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Visited on 26/12/2016. Jungle is OK not so great & not comparable with Kanha or Bandhavgarh. Tiger sighing is rare & purely on luck in Pench. Overall just ok experience if been to Kanha no need to go here.

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Not many include Pench Tiger Reserve as Tiger Sighting destination, but it’s worth visiting even if you don’t sight tiger. Better known as Mowgli’s Land, today you will hardly see any wolf in the forest. I visited Pench on 24th & 25th Dec 2016. After going thru blogs on trip advisor and other forums I could zero down to following... More 

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Pench Tiger Reserve is one of the upcoming Tiger Reserves because of kind of terrain it is difficult to spot tiger comparing to Tadoba.

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Very nice place...saw lot of wild animals including tiger.it took 4 hrs for jungle safari.there are two slots 5am and 2.30pm for visiting jungle. We went at 2.30pm. Hotel gypsy and government vehicles both are available for Safari. Government Safari is cheaper than hotel one.always took snacks n water with u if u r travel ing with kids

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had 4 drives in this park with excellent drivers and guides,very beautiful park with lots of animals ,sadly did not see a tiger here but did hear them roaring and plenty of paw prints,,high light has to be fantastic sightings of golden jackals and the elusive jungle cat

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We went twice for jungle safaris while in pench. The first one was the morning safari from turiya gate. Saw many animals, but no tiger could be seen. This patch is not dense as well . And in the afternoon we went again , but from a different gate named khurpasar , which comes partially in Maharashtra ..here the vegetation... More 

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My first tiger spotting was at Pench and what a sighting it was! After 4 safaris with no spotting at Kanha (that said it was a beautiful forest and one that I will visit again, tiger or not), we came here and a few things struck us immediately - the forest is less dense compared to Kanha with no bush... More 

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