757 sq. km
77° 55' E to 79° 35' E and 21°
08' S to 22°00' N
Seoni and Chhindwara districts, Madhya Pradesh,
The natural wealth of Pench and its floral and faunal richness has a
glorious history, which is also described in several historical accounts and
books including Ain-i-Akbari and Seonee. Pench is the inspiration behind The
Jungle Book, a world's bestseller by Rudyard Kipling. Pench National
Park explicitly represents the detailed panorama of nature's abundance in
this tract. Apart from a natural habitat of Indian tigers, numerous species
of mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians are found in the park.
Named after Pench river, this park is located in the southern reaches of
the Satpura Range. The terrain is undulating and most of its area is covered
by small hill ranges and steeply slops. River Pench splits the park and is
the lifeline of the Park.
There is a dam built on the Pench river that also adds serene beauty to the
park. The entire area is criss-crossed by numerous perennial streams and
springs. During summer seasons, a large number of small water pools is
formed, which are locally known as Dohs
Pench National Park supports a variety of vegetation ranging from Tropical
moist deciduous to mixed deciduous, dry deciduous and open grasslands. These
forests support over 1200 species of plants including rare and endangered
plants of botanical importance.
Teak forests are very common. The other common trees are Mahua, Skiras,
Tendu, Achar, Amaltas, Khair and Palas. Bamboo forests are restricted to few
portions in the valleys. The park also has a variety of shrubs and grasses.
Pench National Park is known for tigers that inhabit around the river belt
as the prey concentration is high in the area. The area has the highest
density of herbivores in India. Besides this, the other mammals include
leopards, jungle cats, small Indian civets, palm civets, wild dogs, sloth
bear, Indian grey mongoose, porcupine, pangolin, flying squirrel, barking
deer, jackal, spotted deer, Indian bison, etcers
Among the reptiles, the famous ones are fresh water crocodile, chameleon,
rock python, cobra, flap shell turtle, black turtle, etc.
Pench is also a bastion for ornithologists. There are over 285 species of
resident and migratory birds. The park is also the abode of four endangered
species of vultures including white-rumped, longbilled, white scavenger and
king vulture. Among the migratory bird population, the main attraction are
Pochards, Barheaded Geese, Coots, etc.
Nearby Tourist Destinations
It is fascinating to watch potters sitting at their wheels to shape
glorious art work from clay.
The tribe is settled in a cluster of villages around the park. Visitors can
explore local culture and customs.
Best Time to Visit
Pench National Park is open to visitors from November to June and remains
closed during the months of July, August and September. Summer (April-June)
is the best season to watch wildlife as animals come out in search of
waterholes. Winter season is comfortable but it becomes difficult to spot
animals during this season.
How to Reach
Nagpur is the nearest airport. (93 km from Pench
Seoni is the nearest railway station connected by
Pench National Park can be reached from Seoni
through road. Seoni is connected to National Highways and State Highways.
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