Pench National Park Travel Guide
Pench National Park is named after Pench River. It is nestled amidst the Satpura Range and is home to an array of animals and plants. Tourists from all over the country visit this beautiful national park to see a plethora of flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Enjoy a true jungle experience on an elephant back in a safari. You might just spot a tiger. The park is also a safe home for many endangered species. It is great place to just unwind and recharge yourself. Relax in the serenity of the jungle or go out exploring, there’ll never be a dull moment in Pench National Park. The lush landscape of Pench National Park was the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and iconic character Mowgli. One of the most exciting experiences in Pench National Park is Night Safari, don’t miss it.
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An inspiration for the Jungle Book and the safest place for India’s tigers, is what defines the Pench
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.