Pench National Park

Location: Madhya Pradesh
Main Wildlife Attractions: Tiger, Panther, Wild dog, Spotted deer, Sambar deer, Four-horned antelope, Indian Bison, Wild boar, Langur and around 200 species of birds
Coverage Area: 758 sq. km
Established: 1977 as a sanctuary, 1983 as a National Park and 1992 as a Project Tiger

At a Glance Pench National Park falls under the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh. It derives its name from the Pench River that flows through its heart and divides it into two, equal western and eastern halves - Chhindwara and Seoni respectively. The park is known for its population of the fearless master predator. Most of the tourists come to visit the place, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Tiger. Pench offers its visitors numerous wildlife attractions which include over 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians and more than 210 varieties of birds.

Some of the prominent avian residents of the park include the barbet, bulbul, minivet oriole, wagtail, munia, myna, malabal pied hornbill, collared scops, owl, waterfowl and blue kingfisher among other variety of animals which can be commonly seen adorning the skies of Pench.

Major mammalian species found in the region include animals like cheetal, sambar, nilgai, wild pig, tiger, leopard, jungle cat, leopard cat, striped hyena, wild dog, wolf, sloth bear, pangolin and the mighty Indian gaur.

Adventure Unleashed - Night Safaris Adventurous folk and wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to know that Pench Tiger Reserve has recently introduced an awesome night safari. The reserve, part of the Project Tiger scheme and located in Seoni and Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh; recently started experimenting with night safaris to excite and draw more visitors. Final decision on elevating it to the status of a permanent package depends on tourist reviews. Renowned as Wolf Safari due to consistent sightings of these carnivores, the tour displays myriad animals ranging from spotted deer, jackals, sambar, deer, nilgai, etc. Leopards and Tigers, being the prized catch, offer occasional sightings. Visitors’ safety being a top notch priority; only five jeeps are operated per night and due care is undertaken not to unnerve the animal kingdom. Tour timings are 7 pm in the evening until 10.30 or 11 in the night. Further, it covers only the buffer zone and a water hole, famed for watching varied wildlife.

Climate The temperature rages from a maximum of 42°C in May ad June to around 4°C in winter. Casual summer clothing of natural colours is best from March to May. From November to February carry warm clothing for chilly mornings and misty evening.

Flora The flora of Pench Tiger Reserve comprises mainly of Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest and tropical dry deciduous teak. Water bodies are found in the form of streams and 'nallahs'. Most of them are seasonal and meander in full zest during the monsoons. Pench River, which serves as the major water source, desiccates or dries up in April end. Then, water pools known as 'dohs' serve as water suppliers for the fauna of the park, along with Pench Reservoir. Teak is abundant and bamboos are sparse, and restricted to the valleys. White kuku trees are very common and stand out prominently amidst the greenery

Fauna Tigers are usually seen around the Pench River, as the density of prey population is higher here. There are 25 tigers recorded in this park. It is also the jungle abode of 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians and over 170 varieties of birds. Major species of fauna include leopards, cheetal, sambar, nilgai, jackals, wild dogs, gaur, sloth bears, langoors, small Indian civets and palm civets. There are also more than 210 species of birds, including a host of migratory species. The most common birds are peafowl, crow pheasant, crimson breasted barbet, red vented bulbul, red jungle fowl, racket tailed drongo, magpie robin and whistling teal.
Travel Tips Early morning safari can be the most rewarding if you want to spot tigers and other rare animals.

Best Time to Visit The visiting season of Pench national park starts from November to June, as the park remains closed during the monsoon months from July to October.   

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