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Pench National Park

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"The inspiration for 'The Jungle Book'"

Pench National Park Tourism

With the majestic Pench river flowing through the greens and a variety of wildlife to be spotted in the rocky terrains, Pench National Park served as an inspiration for the famous novel 'The Jungle Book'. One can enjoy many different experiences along with the wildlife safari on the boat rides, such as catching a glimpse of the tribal life and viewing some famous local dams and temples along the way.

The Pench National Park is open to visitors from 1st October to 30th June each year. It remains closed during the monsoon season. Generally, the months of November to February is considered to be the best time to visit the park. The entry fee to the park is INR 15 for Indians and INR 150 for foreigners. The timings are from 6 AM to 11 AM in the mornings, and then from 3 PM to 6 PM. Light vehicles and 15 seater buses are allowed on the premises. An open jeep Jungle Safari is available for both day and night. There is also the option of taking a beautiful boat ride or boat safari to explore Pench and the surrounding areas, across a stretch of 17 km.

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Flora and Fauna

Home to a variety of flora and fauna and Pench river flowing midst of the national park, Pench National Park houses thickly forested areas of Chhindwara and Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh. The serene surroundings of rich woody forests with the occasional sightings of wild animals make this national park an ideal tourist spot. More than 1300 species of dying and endangered plants of medicinal value have been traced at Pench National Park.

The Pench National Park is home to many breeds of animals such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, sloth bears and chinkaras, among others. Pench is also famous for its avian population, both migratory and indigenous. These include the Indian Pitta, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle and migratory species such as Bear-Headed Geese, Brahmini Duck, Coots etc. Owl breeding is also practised here. The Park is also rich in flora - and has a mixture of teak, bamboo, white Kulu (also known locally as the ghost tree due to its conspicuous white colour among the sea of green) and mahua trees. 


History

Originally labelled a sanctuary in 1977, Pench became a National Park in 1983. In 1992, it was established as a tiger reserve, and in 2002 it was christened as the Indira Priyadarshini National Park. The natural richness of the park has been mentioned in Ain-i-Akbari, the 16th-century document chronicling the reign of Emperor Akbar during the Mughal era. The Pench National Park is also the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, and the park is thus also often referred to as Mowgli Land.

Restaurants and Local Food in Pench National Park

Pench does not have too many restaurants and your choices might get a little limited. The most convenient option for food here, are the hotels, resorts and lodges. The local delicacies of Madhya Pradesh that you might find here include Dal Bafla, Biryani, Kebabs, Korma, Poha, Rogan Josh, Jalebi, Ladoos as well as beverages like Lassi and Sugarcane Juice.
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What is the best way to reach Pench national park?

The nearest well-connected airports are Nagpur (92 km) and Jabalpur (200 km). The nearest railway staion is in Nagpur, which is 92 km away. This national park is also very well connected by road and taxis are easily available from Nagpur and Jabalpur to reach here.
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What are the places near Pench national park?

The top places near to Pench national park are Pachmarhi which is 152 km from Pench national park, Kanha national park which is located 84 km from Pench national park, Bhedaghat which is located 123 km from Pench national park, Jabalpur which is located 128 km from Pench national park, Nagpur which is located 123 km from Pench national park

Who should visit Pench national park?

Pench National Park is a great place for wildlife lovers, nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

What is the local food in Pench national park?

Pench does not have too many restaurants and your choices might get a little limited. The most convenient option for food here, are the hotels, resorts and lodges. The local delicacies of Madhya Pradesh that you might find here include Dal Bafla, Biryani, Kebabs, Korma, Poha, Rogan Josh, Jalebi, Ladoos as well as beverages like Lassi and Sugarcane Juice.
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What is the best time to visit Pench national park?

February to June is the best time to spot wildlife. The chances of spotting animals increases in summers as they get out more often to drink water. October to February is also a good time as the weather remains very pleasant.
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What is not so good about Pench national park?

Has a tropical climate, making it too hot in summers and too cold in winters.

What is famous about Pench national park?

Various species of Fauna and Flora can be found here. Some endangered species like king vulture and white scavenger can be spotted here.

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Q. Which species are found during winters here?

Kumar Kislay 2 years ago
Migratory birds like Brahmini Duck, Pochards, Barheaded Geese, Coots visit the Pench national park in winters. The white-rumped, longbilled, white scavenger and king vulture can be seen here, which are now endangered.

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