Pench

Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra

Altitude

425m to 620m 

Vegetation

Teak mixed with other species like saja

Total Area

1,179 km²

Rainfall

1300 mm

Pench National Park

Basic Facts

Operational

October - July

Best time to go

October - May

Airport

Nagpur

Railway

Seoni

Climate

20 - 38 °C

Pench National Park

About the Park

A total of 758 sq. km of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest has its extent mingling with the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is crisscrossed by a number of streams and ‘nallahs’ most of which are seasonal. Though the Pench River dries up toward the end of April, a number of water pools locally known as ‘dohs’ are found here, which serve as water holes for the wild animals. The Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period.

As the prey concentration is high along the Pench River, Tigers usually inhabit and frequents this belt. Leopards, though generally operating in the peripheral areas of the jungle, are occasionally seen in the deep forest also.

In Pench National Park, a healthy population of the Cheetal, Sambar, and Nilgai are commonly seen grazing the open sites on roadsides and banks of the river & reservoir.

Packs of up to 15 wild dogs can be seen near the Chhedia, Jamtara, Bodanala, and Pyorthadi areas of the Reserve. Herds of Gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches commonly in the summer months. Sloth beer occupies hilly, rocky outcrops and favors Mahul bel infested forest. The Chinkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia, and Dudhgaon villages.

Langoors are very common in Pench, whereas the Rhesus monkeys may be seen occasionally on the fringes. Pench boasts of more than 210 species of birds that include several migratory ones also. Commonly seen are Peafowl, Red jungle fowl, Crow pheasant, Crimson breasted barbet, Red-vented Bulbul, Racket-tailed drongo, Magpie robin, and lesser whistling teal.

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taj Baghvan

Located just 100 kms away from Nagpur, a two hour drive brings you to Baghvan, which literally means the ‘tiger forest’. Only a few minutes from the national park entrance these 12 charming stand-alone bungalows are built alongside a picturesque ‘nullah’ (dry riverbed), that demarcates the lodge premises from the national park. Each bungalow at our safari resort in Pench National Park comes with its own rooftop machan, indoor and outdoor shower areas and a private sit-out surrounded by the woods.

A colonial theme is nuanced in the guest areas with a vintage radio, crystal candelabras on the dining table and metal chandeliers.

Delicate Parsi tiles on the live food counter, woven hyacinth furniture and giant ebony chests add to the elegance of the hall. The Taj Safari Lodge in Baghvan has a delightful infinity pool shaded by trees and overlooking the forest.

A tiny cottage across the safari shop houses a small library, computer and a television for guests, with the adjacent room being a tasteful serene space for massage treatments.

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