Pench National Park is located in the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh. It was the 19th Project Tiger Reserve and has been one of the best-kept parks among wildlife enthusiasts whose immensely varied flora and fauna have bedazzled. Not always a national park, Pench was declared a sanctuary in 1965, but in 1975, it rose to the status of a national park. And since it is home to many tigers, it was established as a tiger reserve in 1992. No wonder the area provides a backdrop for its animal character dominated by a relatively open canopy of mixed forests, predominantly teaks and open grassy patches. With its undulating land, the park boasts of the highest density of herbivores in any Indian park.
Named after the river, Pench flowing from north to south divides the park into two halves, namely eastern and western. This park shot into prominence with an increase in wildlife tourism in the year 2002. Primarily a teak forest, this park is an amalgamation of four different hill ranges. Pench National park also forms a healthy corridor with Kanha National Park. There have been records of Tigers moving from Kanha to Pench, which is about 200kms. It is also home to another big cat, the elusive Leopard. Sloth Bears, Indian Gaur, Wild Dogs, Sambars, Langurs, and over 300 species of birds also call Pench their home.
The park is not just home to animals but also humans. There are ten villages in and around the park, out of which one is inside the park named Fulzari and nine on the periphery of the park. There exist some amazing wildlife properties such as Pench Tree Lodge and Pench Jungle Camp offering top-notch experience in terms of safari plus luxury. Highlighted as the best resorts in Pench National Park, these accommodations has the potential to make every experience worth re living.
Types of Safaries
Big 5 Animals
Park ticket bookings should be done 120 days in advance since the park tickets are limited.
It is mandatory to carry ID cards for safaris. The ID needs to be the same as the one with which you booked your safari.
Carry binoculars, a camera, and a bird book to identify birds to make your trip more fruitful.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Do check your shoes every time before wearing them to avoid scorpions and other creatures.
Carry proper woollens in winters and an effective sunscreen in summers.
Carry Hats/ Caps and personal medicines (if any).
Wear muted forest colours like earthy greens or beiges and avoid perfumes and deodorants.
Morning & Afternoon both the shift remains close on Holi & Diwali festival.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pench National Park has connectivity all across India via rail, road, and air.
Nearby Railway Station: Seoni Railway Station
Nearby Airport: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
Road: One can easily take a bus or taxi from the nearby cities to reach the park. Private vehicles serve as the best option if travelling via road.
Like any other park from Madhya Pradesh, Pench National Park, also remains open from October till June. The favourable time as per the climatic conditions would be from October to March but major wildlife sightings including tiger sightings are usually done during the summers.
The months of April and May are extremely hot but is definitely the best time for a wildlife safari. The park gets closed during the monsoon season. In the winters, the avifauna can be spotted but it is difficult to spot the other wildlife in winters.
Runi Jhuni walking trail: A walking trail inside of Pench National Park is an extraordinary experience for people who are interested in observing and capturing things up close. It is usually accompanied by experienced naturalists, ensuring a deep knowledge of the flora and fauna of the park.
Rukhad Cycling: Rukhad used to be one of the most popular forests for wildlife sightings. It is a part of the Kanha-Pench tiger corridor and is a wonderful expedition for cyclists.
Tribal Bazaar and Haat Visit: Indulging with natives of a particular place is always a leisurely experience. One can visit this place and buy handicrafts and other handmade items by the indigenous people. Also, you can converse with locals, learn about their culture and cherish some priceless moments together.
Night Trails: It makes a unique experience to take a walk at night under the supervision of a guide and spot various species of animals on your way. Animals that can be sighted during the night are owls, snakes, jungle cats, and more.