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Pench National Park About
Pench National Park
Pench National Park, situated on the southern fringes
of Madhya Pradesh is known for its fearless tigers. The area was declared a reserve
forest in 1929 but hunting permits were available till 1970-71 when the government
woke up to the serious threat posed to the animal population and an area of 449.39
sq. km. was notified as the Pench Wildlife Sanctuary in 1977. Further in 1983,
it was accorded the status of a national park and was made a part of the project
tiger in 1992.
It is best to take as many trips into the jungle as possible,
which will increase your chances of spotting animals. Early morning rides can
be the most rewarding when odds of spotting animals are the highest. The temperatures
in winters can drop to as low as 1 or 2 degrees. Carry all the warm clothes and
wear them in layers. The time of dawn is when you hear noises and bird calls which
your guide can help identify.
in Pench National Park
The park is known for its population of the fearless
master predator. Most of the tourists come to visit the place, hoping to catch
a glimpse of the Tiger. Pench offers its visitors numerous wildlife attractions
which include over 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of
amphibians and more than 210 varieties of birds.
Some of the prominent
avian residents of the park include the barbet, bulbul, minivet oriole, wagtail,
munia, myna, malabal pied hornbill, collared scops, owl, waterfowl and blue kingfisher
among other variety of animals which can be commonly seen adorning the skies of
Major mammalian species found in the region include animals like
cheetal, sambar, nilgai, wild pig, tiger, leopard, jungle cat, leopard cat, striped
hyena, wild dog, wolf, sloth bear, pangolin and the mighty Indian gaur.
Jeep safari and elephant rides can be especially rewarding
for sighting some rare animals. Take an early dawn safari when the animals come
out in the open in search of food and water. Jeep safaris and elephant rides are
available during morning and evenings. The safari timings are, Morning : Nov1-Feb15
& May1-Jun30 (6-11 AM), Feb16-Apr30 (6 AM-12:20 PM). Evening : Nov1-Feb15
(2:30-5:30 PM), May1-Jun30 (3:30-6:20 PM), Feb16-Apr30 (4-7 PM). It is better
to sit next to the guide so you can hear every instruction and information being
told. Ask questions to increase your knowledge.
Pachdhar Potters Village
Situated at a distance of just 18 km
from the Turia gate, it is a small but clean village. Potters can be spotted here
sitting outside their homes working on their wheels giving beautiful shapes to
clay. The articles are up for sale and at a cheap price at that.
There are a number of villages around the park.
Trips can be organised to these villages which are an excellent way to get a glimpse
of the local culture and customs of the gond people.
to Get There
By Air : Nagpur is the nearest airport
connected by daily Indian Aitlines flight from Delhi (5:50) & from Mumbai
(6:40 & 19:40). Jet Airways flies daily to Nagpur from Delhi (18:20) &
from Mumbai (7:05 & 19:40).
By Rail : Nagpur is the nearest railhead connected by regular trains
from major Indian cities. Some of the important daily trains are from Delhi, G
T Exp. (18:40), Tamil Nadu Exp. (22:30), Kerala Exp. (11:30), Dakshin Exp (22:50).
Daily trains from Mumbai are Vidarbha Exp. (19:40), Sewagram Exp. (15:10), Howrah
Mail (20:35) while those running Bangalore-Nagpur are the Sampark Kranti (23:30,
except Tue & Thu) and Chennai-Nagpur are the Grand Trunk Exp. (16:30), Tamil
Nadu Exp. (22:20), Navjivan Exp. (9:35).
By Road : The route from Nagpur is through the national highway
no. 7 to Khawasa via Kamptee, Mansar, Deolapar and Manegaon. From here, take the
district road to Pench National Park.
from Major Cities
Nagpur : 92 km (NE)/2 hrs.
Delhi : 768 km
Mumbai : 777 km.