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Pench Tiger Reserve

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Address: | Seoni, Pench National Park 480881, India
Phone Number: +91 712 252 4727
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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.

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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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Very pretty reserve, we didn't see any tigers, but saw lots of other wildlife including wild dogs.gaur etc

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Very pretty reserve, we didn't see any tigers, but saw lots of other wildlife including wild dogs.gaur etc

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This Park is very different to the other tiger reserves that we have visited. There is a good diversity of habitat, but overall there is less thick jungle vegetation. This helps in making tiger sightings much more prolonged. The wildlife is abundant and the scenery stunning. A lovely place to visit.

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We had 4 game drives in Pench over 3 days and whilst we did not see Tigers others did, our driver worked very hard for a sighting but we were very happy with the other mammals and birdlife we saw including a couple of sightings of wild dog. We flew to Nagpur which was a nice length taxi hop to... More 

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Simply awesome place to visit to get refresh yourself. We don't sighted any tiger but superb excellent place. Must visit once. U will love this

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It was my first safari trip ever, and I am glad to say that I am addicted to it. The whole experience of it was something else. The weather in Nov 2016 was a little cold.

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I visit this place every year. If you love nature and want to feel closer to it, this is the best place for you. A very well managed Tiger Reserve by government of MP. My sincere advice to all those who are keen to visit any tiger reserve is that don't go there with a singular agenda of sighting a... More 

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We had been to forest in morning at 6 am and afternoon session of 3 pm but best time to spot animals & birds in the morning. Travel season Nov to Feb is most ideal.

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we were around 3 days . the jungle is just great and its really nice to stay for 2 nights . different wild animals are there like spotted dear ... birds ... lush green leaves with quite atmosphere nice peaceful gateway

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It is a very scenic tiger reserve. The drive through the jungle is very good. Unfortunately the tiger population is quite low. There is lots of other wildlife like deers wild boars

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It is a great experience to be riding in an open jeep (or on an elephant ) with a knowledgeable driver and guide, the 1400 acres of Pench offers varied jungle and open terrain, and sightings of numerous types of deer and beautiful birds plus several species of monkeys,hyenas, wild boar, sloth bears, and the tigers that are preserved in... More 

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