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Pench National Park in Seoni

Pench National Park is one of the sought after tourist destination of Central India. Especially for the wildlife lovers this is an ideal location to spend some wonderful time in vicinity of wildlife and forested areas. Pench National Park actually falls in the area of two major districts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhindwara and Seoni. The park derived its name from the meandering river Pench which flows through the heart of the park dividing the same equally into two distinctive parts the western and eastern halves. The park was designated the tag of being a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1977 and soon after in 1983 it was declared a National park. In 1992, however the park was introduced under the “Project Tiger” and was referred as the 19th project Tiger Reserve.

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Pench National Park

History of Pench National Park

It may be noted that the place where the Tiger Reserve is presently located has a glorious history. Its richness and its natural wealth has been mentioned considerable times in the famous Ain –i-Akbari. Even the place serves as the original background and location setting for the famous book called “Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling.

Topography of Pench National Park

Pench National Park is based exactly at 21°41'35'North and 79°14'54'East. The area of the park stretches for 758sqkm of which 299sqkm is the core area and the rest 464 sqkm is the neighboring buffer area. Based on the southern extremes of Satpura Range, Pench Tiger Reserve is a place with small hills dense forested areas comprising of teak mixed forest. The altitude of the park basically varies from 425meters to 620meters from sea level.

Flora of Pench National Park

Pench National park is a place comprising of dry deciduous teak and moist deciduous forest of the southern tropical areas. There are various streams cascading through several parts of the forest in slow meandering flow, forming the water resources of the park apart from the Pench River. These streams are usually seasonal and they overflow during the rainy season. The Pench River too dries up by end of April and then the Pench Reservoir and water pools often referred as “dohs” serve as the water resource for the park. Bamboo trees are quite less in compared to the teak trees which are abundant here along with white kulu trees which is also been called as the ghost trees. Another tree which is frequently seen here is the mahua tree which is of immense used by both the birds and the tribal people living close by. The flowers of this tree are eaten by both birds and animals and they are used in foods of the tribal cuisine. The flower is also used by the tribals to make local alcohol.

Fauna at Pench National Park

Pench National Park
Wildlife Trip in Pench

One of the major species in this park is the tigers. As per the records there are around 25 tigers in this park but they can be only be viewed near the River banks as the prey concentration is much higher here. Apart from this there are other animals like jackal, nilgai, sambhar, chital, wild boar, leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, monkey, porcupine, fox, jungle cat, striped hyena, chowsingha, gaur, and barking deer. Apart from this there are around 210 species of birds with some migrating ones too. The most attracting birds seen in this park includes peafowl, crow pheasant, junglefowl, , red-vented bulbul, crimson-breasted barbet , Indian roller, racket-tailed drongo, magpie robin, pintail, lesser whistling teal, egret, shoveler, and herons.As per the records the park has almost 39 species of mammals, 3 amphibians, 13 kinds of reptiles apart from the count of tigers and the bird species.

Best Time to Visit Pench National Park

The park remains close during the months of July to September every year. This is the monsoon season where an average rainfall of 1397mm occurs every year making it unsuitable for sightseeing. The best time to visit the park is from November to May since from end of May till June the weather remains quite hot with the temperature reaching the maximum of 42°C. The winter time is pleasant with cool winds and absolutely marvelous environment. The park remains open for visitors from 6am in the morning to 10.30am and again stays open from 3pm to 6pm in the evening.

How to reach Pench National Park

Pench National Park is well connected through Nagpur railhead and Nagpur airport. One can connect the park through Jabalpur railhead too. From both the railheads and from Nagpur airport also one needs to travel to National Highway 7or to Sukhtara Village via Seoni district to Turia gate which is the main entrance or to Karmajhiri. One can hire private taxis to cover the distance. From Seoni the park falls at a distance of 34.6kms which can be travelled in a minimum time of 40 mins through Barghat road.

Hotels near Pench National Park

There are multiple options to stay in Pench National Park . The area is surrounded by various luxurious hotels, resorts and even camps and budgeted hotels for all kinds of visitors and suit all pockets. Some of the hotels here are mentioned below.

Tuli Tiger Corridor
Pench National Park, Turia
Seoni Madhya Pradesh 480881
Phone: 9373215733, 8815262711

Pench Jungle Camp
Village Awarghani , Turia
Seoni Madhya Pradesh 480881
Phone: 9630222417, 9424394176, 7695232817

Tiger N Woods Resorts
Pench Tiger Reserve
Village Awargani, Khawaha Board
Turia, Seoni Madhya Pradesh 480881
Phone: 9179253807, 9755426357, 7695-232827

Mowglis Den
Pench Tiger Reserve, Turia
Seoni Madhya Pradesh 480881
Phone: 7695 232832

United 21 Jungle Resort
Village Jamun Tola, Near Khawasa
Turia, Seoni Madhya Pradesh 480881
Phone: 9752090579, 9752090582

In a nutshell it may be concluded that Pench National Park is one of the best national parks of the country and a wonderful place for visit. Especially for the adventure and wildlife lovers this tour can be a real exciting and rewarding journey.

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