Pench National Park got its name from the Pench river flowing through the jungle and the park comprises an area of 257.26 km2. Pench Tiger Reserve is located on the southern part of MP and first one to straddle across two states – Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Pench Tiger Reserve is one of the top most destinations for wildlife tourism in Madhya Pradesh, along with Madhya Pradesh tiger circuit- Kanha and Bandhavgarh. The Madhya Pradesh side reserve lies in the Satpura Range of hills and is same forest area portrayed in the famous “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling.
On the Madhya Pradesh side, Pench National Park entry gates are located in Seoni district, Turiya and Karmajhiri are two most famous entry gates of Pench National Park.
Pench is about 200 km from Jabalpur by road, we started early morning from JBP and reached Pench for evening safari in
Forest Department Madhya Pradesh offer reservation of Jeep safari in all the national parks of MP. Single seat and full vehicles options are available online for booking, Full vehicles charges are around 5000 (Including Guide fees and Entry for Indian).
The best time to visit the park is between November and May. Core zones of Turiya and Karmajhiri are located in Seoni district.
Two main big cat species of the parks are the Bengal tiger and Indian leopard, A black panther is recently spotted in the park.
There are approx. 40 Bengal tigers in the park and the most commonly seen wildlife includes monkey, chital, sambar, wild boar, gaur, nilgai and rare one are sloth bear, Indian leopard, wild dog and Indian wolf.
Pench National Park is very rich in bird life too, the park host more than 210 species of birds including migratory and domestic.
The most common bird species are junglefowl, racket-tailed drongo, Indian roller, common kingfisher, egret and herons and several species of raptors.
Rare and commonly found birds in Pench are Red-wattled Lapwing, Black Dongo, vultures and owlets.
Collarwali is the most popular tigress of Pench National Park, code name T-15 and one of the most legendary tigress of the park along with another famous tigress Badi Mada and legendary male tigers of Pench called Charger.
Baghinnalawali female, Langdi, Sharmili are few more famous tigress of the park along with BMW – A huge hulk tiger of Pench.
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is from the jungle of Pench National Park, Characters includes Akela – wolf, Bagheera – black panther, Baloo – bear, Kaa – A python, Shere Khan — tiger and Tabaqui – jackal.