Pench Tiger Reserve is situated in the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh. This national park derives its name from the Pench River, which meanders its way through the entire stretch of the 757 Square Kilometers National Park. The river runs from north to south, dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves – the well forested areas of Chhindwara and Seoni districts respectively. Kala Pahar, the park’s highest hill, reaches 650 m above sea level. The Park’s open habitat not only lends well to wildlife viewing, but it also offers striking views of the area’s sheer beauty.
Flora and Fauna: The forested area is a blend of dry deciduous forest and tropical moist deciduous forest, and is rich with beautiful shrubs trees and climbers. Teak, Mahua, Tendu, Bija, Amaltas and Palas all find their home here. While charmingly swaying bamboo grasses line the water courses and dot the valleys.
Mammals: Pench’s gorgeous landscape is home to a number of endangered species. Twenty-five glorious tigers share the prey animals with the leopard, wolf, jungle cat, dhol (Indian wild dog), hyena and jackal. Chital, sambhar, muntjac, gaur, wild boar, langur and rhesus macaques also roam these forests.
Birds: Birdwatcher’s paradise, more than three hundred fascinating and beautiful species fill the skies with their calls. Parakeets, hornbills, kingfishers, barbets, minivets, orioles, wagtails and a host of majestic raptors, including the crested serpent eagle, crested hawk eagle and white-eyed buzzard etc.
Reptilians: include cobra, krait, viper, python, turtle and a number of lizard varieties, including varanus.
Mode of Safaris: Both elephant ride and Jeep
Elephants: every morning about an hour before dawn the elephants leave their respective camps for tracking the Tigers. Once the tiger is located, the elephants are used as very convenient point for watching & photographing the tigers.
Excursion Timings: Park can be accessed from dawn to dusk except few hours in the after noon when it is quite warm for wildlife to move. For this time each day we cover the following activities:
1) Scheduled excursions and sightseeing as specified.
2) Nature Walks: For bird watching and studying of flora and fauna.
3) Explore the areas around the submergence zone and Chindwara area of the park.
1) Address to the questions of our participants and talk on the conservation, wildlife and other related queries of our member participants.
2) Debate on cluster of villages around the park where you can get a glimpse of the local culture and customs of the Gond tribe.
3) Evening excursion from Pench’s Turia gate is the tiny, spotless Pachdhar Village. Outside practically every home, potters sit at their wheels shaping glorious art from lumps of clay. Watch them work their fascinating craft, and take a piece of it home.