Pench National Park in Satpura range in Madhya Pradesh in Central India is known for its majestic Royal Bengal Tigers and several other animal in wild and birds. The park was also featured in the famous story of ” The Jungle Book ” written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894 AD. The story of Mowgli ( the wolf son ) was known to every one around the world and so the park got the fame.
Pench is indeed a land of delightful splendours. Distinct flora and fauna of the jungles of Pench inhabit Tigers, Indian leopard, sloth bear, several varieties of spotted deers, nilgais, sambhar, chinkara etc, wild dogs, gaurs and not to forget Kipling’s adoptive family for Mowgli – the wolves. Pench is an idyllic destination for bird watchers as over 210 species of birds, including migratory birds have been recorded.
Pench national park is a part of Project Tiger since 1992. Project Tiger has helped a lot in conservation of Royal Bengal Tigers in India. The park is open to visitors from 16th October to 30th June. However, winter season between 16th October to March is the best time to explore the trails and paths of the Pench National Park.
Pench National Park can be explored thrice a day, morning, evening and even during the night. The park is diveded into seven zones namely – Turia, Karmajhiri, Jamtara, Rukhad, Wolf Sanctuary, Sillari, and Khursapar. Turia, Karmajhiri and Jamatra are considered as the most prominent zone to catch a sight of a tiger. However, Wolf Sanctuary is perfect zone for night safari which is conducted between 05:30 Pm and 08:30 PM.
The nearest airport to Pench national park is Nagpur ( 95 Kms / 2.5 Hours ) and wild-life lovers also include a nearby national park of Tadoba (215 kms / 5.5 hours via Nagpur ) and Kanha National park ( 200 Kms / 5 Hours ).