About Pench National Park
Pench National Park, situated on the southern fringes of Madhya Pradesh is
known for its fearless tigers. The area was declared a reserve forest in
1929 but hunting permits were available till 1970-71 when the government
woke up to the serious threat posed to the animal population and an area of
449.39 sq. km. was notified as the Pench Wildlife Sanctuary in 1977. Further
in 1983, it was accorded the status of a national park and was made a part
of the project tiger in 1992.
It is best to take as many trips into the jungle as possible, which will
increase your chances of spotting animals. Early morning rides can be the
most rewarding when odds of spotting animals are the highest. The
temperatures in winters can drop to as low as 1 or 2 degrees. Carry all the
warm clothes and wear them in layers. The time of dawn is when you hear
noises and bird calls which your guide can help identify.
Wildlife Attractions in Pench National Park
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.
Jeep safari and elephant rides can be especially rewarding for sighting
some rare animals. Take an early dawn safari when the animals come out in
the open in search of food and water. Jeep safaris and elephant rides are
available during morning and evenings. The safari timings are, Morning :
Nov1-Feb15 & May1-Jun30 (6-11 AM), Feb16-Apr30 (6 AM-12:20 PM). Evening
: Nov1-Feb15 (2:30-5:30 PM), May1-Jun30 (3:30-6:20 PM), Feb16-Apr30 (4-7
PM). It is better to sit next to the guide so you can hear every instruction
and information being told. Ask questions to increase your knowledge.
Other Attractions Pachdhar Potters Village
Situated at a distance of just 18 km from the Turia gate, it is a small but
clean village. Potters can be spotted here sitting outside their homes
working on their wheels giving beautiful shapes to clay. The articles are up
for sale and at a cheap price at that.
There are a number of villages around the park. Trips can be organised to
these villages which are an excellent way to get a glimpse of the local
culture and customs of the gond people.
How to Get There By Air : Nagpur is the nearest airport connected by
daily Indian Aitlines flight from Delhi (5:50) & from Mumbai (6:40 &
19:40). Jet Airways flies daily to Nagpur from Delhi (18:20) & from
Mumbai (7:05 & 19:40).
By Rail : Nagpur is the nearest railhead connected by
regular trains from major Indian cities. Some of the important daily trains
are from Delhi, G T Exp. (18:40), Tamil Nadu Exp. (22:30), Kerala Exp.
(11:30), Dakshin Exp (22:50). Daily trains from Mumbai are Vidarbha Exp.
(19:40), Sewagram Exp. (15:10), Howrah Mail (20:35) while those running
Bangalore-Nagpur are the Sampark Kranti (23:30, except Tue & Thu) and
Chennai-Nagpur are the Grand Trunk Exp. (16:30), Tamil Nadu Exp. (22:20),
Navjivan Exp. (9:35).
By Road : The route from Nagpur is through the national
highway no. 7 to Khawasa via Kamptee, Mansar, Deolapar and Manegaon. From
here, take the district road to Pench National Park.
Distances from Major Cities Nagpur : 92 km (NE)/2 hrs. Delhi : 768 km Mumbai : 777 km.
Travel Tips/Important Information
There are three entry gates to the park, the Turia gate (the most
convenient entry gate), Karmajhuri gate and the Jamtara gate.
Private vehicles are allowed inside the park but only with the
company of an authorised guide.