Pench Tiger Reserve also named as Priyadarshi National Park. It is situated in dense confines of Seoni and Chhindawara Districts of Madhya Pradesh. A part of the forests also lies in the Maharashtra State. The forests are also popularly known as Kipling Country as Rudyard Kipling based his “Jungle Book” here.
Mowgli was said to have been discovered by Lt. Moor of British Army during the Raj. The story has not only made the forests popular all over the World, it has also been instrumental in conserving this land of the tiger.
The tiger reserve has been subject to many films on tigers and the wildlife prevalent here. The Spy in the Jungle was one such film made by BBC. The park exhibits mind boggling diversity in about 700 sq km. Tourists folk here in thousands every year to see the Bengal Tiger in the wild. Other animals encountered here are the wolf, sloth bear, panther, gaur and wild dog. Animals commonly seen are the nilgai, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, langur monkey, wild boar and Indian gazelle.
The park has excellent tourism infrastructure offering organized game rides. There are a number of hotels near the Turia Gate which is the main entrance used for excursions. The park is located at MP and Maharashtra border in a sparsely populated area. The other entrance is located about 40 km from Turia with no accommodation facilities.
Two game rides are organized during the day one in the early morning and then in the late evening. Timings are notified time to time depending upon the daylight. Registered jeeps are allowed for excursions in company of a forest guide.
Timings of entry and exit are strictly maintained while safari is conducted in keeping with the rules and regulations as informed by the guide.
For safaris fixed entry fee and guide charge has to be paid every time. The jeep hire has to be paid to the owner. The excursions offer thrilling moments on encounter with wild animals specially the tiger and the leopard. Besides the big cat all other animals are an exciting finds. With more than 250 bird species the destination is one of the best bird watching spot in the State of Madhya Pradesh.
Some of the interesting bird finds are the Malabar Hornbill, Osprey, Indian Pitta, Brahminy Duck, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Orange Headed Ground Thrush, Plum Headed Parakeet and many more.
The park is about eighty km from Nagpur Airport, while Jabalpur City is at a distance of 200 km. Kanha National Park is about five hours drive from Pench.
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