Pench National Park

At a glance- Pench National Park

Pench National Park is located in Chhindwara and Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh (India). The name is derived from the Pench River, which flows through the National Park. The river flows from north to south that divides the park into equal eastern and western halves-the well woody areas of both districts.

Pench Tiger Reserve, which covers 758 sq. km of area and the Pench National Park form the center zone of the Reserve that covers an area 292.85 sq. km. The Mowgli Pench Wildlife Sanctuary covers 118.30 sq. km of area and a  buffer zone formed by Reserve Forests, Revenue land, and Protected Forests occupies 346.73 sq. km.

History of Pench

Pench National Park has a splendid history. The depiction of its magnificence and natural wealth occurs in Ain-i-Akbari (Constitution of Akbar), which was a 16th-century document written by Abu’l-Fazl ibn Mubarak (the Emperor Akbar’s vizier), recording the Akbar’s administration empire. Pench National Park was stated as a sanctuary in 1977, but in 1983, it elicited to the status of National Park. Later in the year 1992, it was recognized as a tiger reserve. Pench is said to have inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the popular novel ‘The Jungle Book.’

What to expect at Pench National Park

Pench National Park is very rich in fauna, and it’s an abode to a large number of endangered species. The most dominant predator is the Tiger, and there are around 25 of them in these prey-rich woodlands. There are some other predators like dhol (Indian Wild Dog), leopard, hyena, wolf, jackal and jungle cat. Some prey species observed in the park are sambhar, chital, gaur, muntjac, langur, wild boar, and rhesus macaques.  

There are more than 170 species of birds comprising various migratory ones like peafowl, crow pheasant, junglefowl, red-vented bulbul, crimson-breasted barbet, magpie robin, lesser whistling teal, racket-tailed drongo, egret, pintail, shoveler, herons to name a few.

Getting to Pench National Park

Sonegaon airport, Nagpur, is the closest airport to Pench National park at a distance of 92 km. The airport is well connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and other major Indian cities. Nagpur railway station located 92 km away is the closest railway station. The park is also well connected by road to Nagpur by the National Highway 7.

Best time to visit Pench

Pench National park is open between the months of November and May, and the best time to visit the park is from October to April.

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