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Pench Tiger Reserve

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Address: | Seoni, 480881, India
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+91 712 252 4727
06:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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.


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.


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Tiger sighting is rare, but we saw both Leopard and Tiger. We did 3 safaris. Guided are very good. Our driver for one of the Safaris was a good photographer as well. They are... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tiger sighting is rare, but we saw both Leopard and Tiger. We did 3 safaris. Guided are very good. Our driver for one of the Safaris was a good photographer as well. They are always enthusiast to show you all the wildlife in the forest. Jeep costs 2000, guide fees 360, park entry fees 260 per head. A jeep carries... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just can't wait to write this review!! One of the jungle that always fascinate me; may be because of The Jungle Book. My second visit to pench; almost after 4 years! Too long.... but too good! Very much; birding trip! Saw almost more then 50 plus bird species in 2 days. Highlight being mottled wood owl, eurasian thick knee,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are few animals that we could actually see..other national parks in india are better in terms of wildlife, we could just see few spotted deers, peacocks and jackals, please do carry something to cover your hair and face, it is super dusty !!

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

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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