Pench Tiger Reserve
Madhya PradeshThe evidence is undeniable, the feeling palpable, as you drive down the dusty dirt tracks, that around every corner a drama will unfold, a glimpse caught, a movement spotted. The sun-dappled forest floor is alive with spotted deer. Vast herds also gather on the shorelines of the park’s reservoir, offering a smorgasbord of food for Pench’s hungry carnivores that include leopards, wild dogs and tigers (thought to be close to 65). The remarkably unshy tigress, Collarwali, who has nurtured 20 cubs in five litters and whose mother was featured in the BBC’s Spy in the Jungle series is a treat to spot. It was here that Rudyard Kipling chose to base his story of the wolf boy Mowgli. However, it wasn’t until 1992 that Pench was included under the umbrella of Project Tiger. Today, the Reserve covers districts of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The park is predominantly a teak forest, but other hardwoods and flowering trees support a rich and diverse array of birdlife too. ... Local villagers, mostly Gonds, will tell you about their local god, Mansingh Deo. He was a legendary figure who was believed to have supernatural healing powers and would ride into the local bazaar on his tiger. There are two temples dedicated to him, the Chhota Mansingh and Bada Mansingh temples which are worth a visit. The park has three tourism zones: Touria, Karmajhiri and Jhamtara.
How To Book
Safaris can be booked through your lodge or tour operator or online .
The Park is open for visitors for c.4.5 hours after sunrise and c.2.5 hours in the afternoon before sunset. Please check park opening times with the gate as they vary slightly between summer and winter months depending on sunrise and sunset. The Park remains open to visitors from 1st October to 15th June and is closed on Wednesdays for afternoon safaris.
Getting Around the Park
Game viewing is done in Gypsy jeeps along the reserve’s dirt roads which can be hired at the entrance or arranged by the lodge. Private vehicles are not allowed inside.
Safari permit: R 250 single seat for Indian and Foreign Nationals | R 1,500 for full vehicle permit. Maximum 6 guests per vehicles. Gypsy safari: R 2,000 Guide hire: R 360
By Air:Sonegaon (70 km) By Rail / Road:Seoni (30 km) and Nagpur (70 km) are the nearest towns and railheads from where you may hire transportation
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