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Pench Wildlife and Birding

Uday Patel

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The forests were earlier known as Jungle of Seoni Hills lie in this district of Madhya Pradesh. They extend up to Chhindwara District and were earlier connected to Kanha National Park. All of this area is well known as Kipling country. Rudyard Kipling wrote the famous Jungle Book based on escapades of Mowgl theWolf Child. The wolf child was born here in nearby villages and was first noticed by Lt. Moor during the British Raj.

Rudyard Kipling then went on to pen the book which made these jungle very popular. Mowgli is now a myth hidden deep in the annals of history but his memory lingers in the minds of people all over the World.

The forests are more of dry deciduous mix type with Pench River flowing through it. The river is now dammed and the reservoir is known as Totladoh. The reservoir now lies with the National Park and is the lifeline of the ecosystem along with Pench River and tributaries.

The wildlife and Bengal tigers were abundant before the decimation and hunting took its toll. Tiger could be met with regular frequency on the roads as they do now albeit less frequently. Most of the denuded forests have been taken over by human populace and lots of scrub remains. Wild life still thrives but in secured pockets. Pench is the best place to see the tiger as well Indian bison or gaur.

One the way to park gate a wolf pack is often sighted but the highly endangered animal is on the decline everywhere in India. The mix flora is a better suited habitat for the herbivores hence they thrive in large number in the protected area. The park is home to many deer species like Nilgai, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Chinkara, Four Horned Deer and Barking Deer. There are many leopards in the park which inhabit the periphery while some are found in the dense core area as well.

Sloth Bear and Wild Dog is another attraction though not seen often. There are many nocturnal animals in the park seen rarely as night safari is not allowed. However if you move along the public roads in the night you can see the porcupine, civet cats, jungle cats and mongoose. An occasional leopard or sloth bear can come across heightening your thrill.

Pench is an ideal place for tiger safari in India. The park is open from October to June. It is near to Nagpur (80 KM) but can be approached from Jabalpur (200 KM) as well. Both the towns are connected by flight services. One can combine the tour with visit to Kanha National Park which is around five hours drive from Pench.

Uday writes often on pench hotels near the National Park. He is a naturlist and birding guide. He also writes on accommodations in 3 star hotels Kanha a tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh in India.


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