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Pench Tiger Reserve

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Address: | Seoni, 480881, India
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+91 99997 42000
06:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park,...

Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and a buffer. The Park nestles in the Southern slopes of the Satpura ranges of Central India. The river Pench, which splits the National Park into two, forms the lifeline of the Park. The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Several natural history books like R. A. Strendale's 'Seonee - Camp life in Satpura Hills,' Forsyth's 'Highlands of Central India' and Dunbar Brander's 'Wild Animals of Central India' explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature's abundance in this tract. Strendale's semi-autobiographical 'Seonee' was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.


Remember Mowgli, the pint-sized 'Man-Child' or Bagheera, the Black Panther? And who can forget the inimitable Sher Khan, the villain of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. Kipling was inspired to write his memorable book by the luxuriant forest cover of Pench teeming with an astonishing variety of wildlife.


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LAND OF THE 'THE JUNGLE BOOK': The Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighbourhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book. Kipling borrowed heavily from Robert Armitage Strendale's books 'Seonee', 'Mammalia of India and Ceylon' and 'Denizens of the Jungle' for the topography, wildlife, and its ways. Mowgli was inspired by Sir William Henry Sleeman's pamphlet, 'An Account of Wolves Nurturing Children in Their Dens' which describes a wolf-boy captured in Seoni district near the village of Sant Baori in 1831. Many of The Jungle Book's locations are actual locations in Seoni District, like the Waingunga river with its gorge where Sherkhan was killed, Kanhiwara villlage and the 'Seeonee hills'.

TOPOGRAPHY: The terrain of the park is undulating with mainly gentle slopes criss-crossed by streams and nullahs. Most of these water courses are seasonal. Many of the hills are flat-topped and allow fine vistas of the forests around. The best known of these is 'Kalapahar' with an altitude of 650 mts. The Pench river flowing through the centre of the Reserve is dry by April but a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found, which serve as waterholes for wild animals. A few perennial springs also exist. Recently a number of earthen ponds and shallow wells have been developed leading to well distributed sources of water all around the reserve.

CONSERVATION HISTORY: In the year 1977 an area of 449.39 sq km was declared Pench Sanctuary. Out of this, an area of 292.85 sq km was declared Pench National Park in the year 1983 and 118.31 sq km remained as Pench Sanctuary. In 1992 Government of India declared 757.89 sq km area including the National Park and the sanctuary as the 19th Tiger Reserve of the country. The name of Pench National Park was changed to "Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park" in November 2002 Similarly the name of Pench Sanctuary has been changed to "Mowgli Pench Sanctuary". The Pench hydroelectric dam straddles the Maharashtra - Madhya Pradesh boundary. The dam, constructed between 1973 and 1988 has resulted in the submergence of about 74 sq km area out of which 54 km is in the Park, the rest being in Maharashtra.

FORESTS AND WILDLIFE: The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance. The area has always been rich in wildlife. It is dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches. The high habitat heterogeneity favours high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has highest density of herbivores in India (90.3 animals per sq km). The area is especially famous for large herds of Gaur (Indian Bison), Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Dog and Wild Pig. The key predator is the Tiger followed by Leopard, Wild Dog and Wolf. Other animals include Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine etc. There are over 285 species of resident and migratory birds including the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard, etc. In winter thousands of migratory waterfowl including Brahmini Duck, Pochards, Barheaded Geese, Coots, etc visit the tanks and the Pench reservoir within the Park. Pench Tiger Reserve is also among the best areas for bird watching. Four species of the now endangered vultures white-rumped, longbilled, white scavenger and king vulture can be seen in good numbers in the Reserve. The other fauna present include 50 species of fishes, 10 amphibians, 30 reptiles, 45 butterflies, 54 moths and numerous other insects.


Nagpur, (92km); 80 km along National Highway 7 to Khawasa and then 12 Km to Turia gate.

Jabalpur (195km), Nagpur (92km), Chhindwara ( 120 km), Seoni (60km).

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MOWGLI'S PENCH - Land of tigers With Blue Planet Wild

Amazing forest, Great sightings. One of the best places in India to see a tiger in the natural habitat

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Pune, India
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Amazing forest, Great sightings. One of the best places in India to see a tiger in the natural habitat

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Pench as stop #1 of 4 Tiger reserves when traveling in India. We visited in April, so the land was very barren but making for ample opportunities for sightings. We did see Tigers, one very good sighting. A lot of deer, monkeys, and birds. There are many vehicles in the park, not as many as there used to... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pench Tiger reserve is placed in the southern slopes of Satpura Mountain Range. It is a 3 hour drive from Nagpur junction station to Pench.All the forests here are Dry forests with a bounty of Ghost Trees visible all across. While on Safari, there is so much of flora and fauna to explore here. Mahua tree has a prominent place... More 

Thank Nalini C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must visit place if you want to see Tigers in their natural habitat. Was fortunate to see 3 tigers on my trip. 2 in the morning and 1 in the evening. Very dusty and dry so make sure you are fully covered and well hydrated. You can spend hours together here and view lots of wildlife including a few varieties... More 

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Reviewed 5 April 2017

We sent 5 nights with 9 game drives in the reserve which was hot with temperatures over 100 degrees. Only 1 sighting of tiger - an elderly male who walked down to the waterhole to cool off. The other highlight was a pair of leopard cubs of about 13 months - the female posing beautifully on some nearby rocks for... More 

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Reviewed 4 April 2017

on a dayin june 2016 when it rained as if the clouds want to pour their supplies for the next few years in one go we ignored what the locals told us. me and my daughter with faith in the lord of the jungle and the blues skies which were peeping decided to get inside pench, and for four hours... More 

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

We were incredibly lucky (so I'm told) to have two tiger sightings during our 6 safari drives, but a warning for those who have been on an African safari - this is a much slower pace with the quantity and variety of animals far fewer. We visited in March 2017 and the forest was dry. We joined the safari queue... More 

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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Reserve is nice, we cannot book the same driver or guide for all safaris because they have rotational system. We did 5 safaris, Touria gate is the best as the chances of spotting are high and most of the resorts are located near this gate. There are 2 males, 3 females and 3-4 cubs with each tigress in the safari... More 

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Reviewed 25 March 2017

One of the best managed tiger reserved in india . has a very good approach via nagpur and jabalpur . good place to see tigers and a lots of other wild animals of central india .

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

While the big cats eluded us we LOVED the landscape of this park as well as the great opportunities to see plenty of game ! I sincerely recommend you include this park into your itinerary even if tiger and leopard sightings may be a little more scarce here than in other parks in Central India.

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