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Pench National park, named after Pench River, is nestled in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda hills. The Pench River meanders through the park from north to south and is the life source here. The park is in the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra comprising of 758 Sq. Km area, of which the core area of 299 Sq. km is dedicated to Indira Priyadarshni Pench National Park and Mowgli Pench Sanctuary. Rest 464 Sq. km of Pench National Park is the buffer area. Some portions of the reserve is in Maharashtra, too. It is documented that tigers are mostly on the Madhya Pradesh side in Pench National Park and last count mentions them to be around 50 in number.
This is the forest that inspired Ruyard Kipling to create The Jungle Book & Mawgli, the jungle boy. Beautiful is the jungle even today, as described in his book decades back. The forest area here is aromatic with tropical dry deciduous teak, bamboo trees and other species of shrubs scattered all over. The white barked and branched Kullu tree in a highlight here and visitors are often amazed by its striking contrast to other trees around. Pench National Park is rich in fauna and is a save home for many endangered species.
The bird population here is also great with more than 210 species. One can spot birds like barbets, bulbul, minivets orioles, wagtails, munias, mynas, waterfowls, blue kingfishers, Indian pitta, malabar pied hornbill, grey-headed fishing eagle, osprey, white-eyed buzzard, etc. After Monsoon and in Winters is time for the migratory bird like Barheaded Geese, Brahmini Duck, Pochards, Coots etc. This place indeed is a bird watcher’s paradise. The Pench Tiger Reserve is one of the most visited places here in Pench National Park. The tigers are easily spotted post the baby boom, but then the leopards here are difficult to spot on the safari trails. Apart from tigers, the park has a decent number of other animals, of which the easily spotted ones are deer, wild gaurs, and monkeys.
The best way to explore any national park is an Elephant Ride. You can enjoy the amazing sightseeing and view the wild animals in their natural habitat. Tourists also enjoy guided jungle walks here. The forest department has maintained jungle trails in some areas for tourists. Night Safari is another exciting adventure in Pench National Park.
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