Pench National Park
is situated in the Satpura Ranges in the central Indian
state of Madhya Pradesh. Nagpur, 95 km away, is the most closely located
town from here. Covering an area of around 292.85 sq km, Pench National Park
is divided into two parts by River Pench that gives Pench national park its
name. From being recognised as a sanctuary in the year 1977 to gaining the
status of a national park in 1983, Pench national park has seen a lot of
planning and wildlife conservation measures. Pench national park boasts 39
species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles and over 170 avian species.
Today, Pench national park
happens to be one of the most travelled in
Best Time : November to
February/ April to June
Wildlife Species in Pench National
Entry Fee : Rs 15 (Indians)/ Rs 150 (Foreigners)
the vegetation of Pench national park has diversity, teak and bamboo trees
cover the most part. The Pench National Park has the eminence of being the
19th Tiger Reserve in the country. After the implementation of the Project
Tiger Scheme, the total count of tigers jumped to 25. Anumber of other
species including animals, birds and reptiles call the park their home.
Mammals that can be possibly spotted inside the national park include
tiger, leopard, striped hyena, sambhar, deer, chital, nilgai, chinkara,
Indian bison or gaur, sloth bear, antelope, barking deer, Indian wild dog,
jungle cat, jackal and common langurs among others. Not only these, the
Pench National Park is also known for being home to 50 species of fish, 9
species of amphibians and 30 species of reptiles.
Exotic birds in Pench national park are also a delight to watch and
photograph. Here, you have the opportunity to explore as many as 210 species
of colourful birds. Commonly sighted species include blue kingfisher,
waterfowl, myna, wagtail, munia, bulbul, barbet, minivets oriole etc.
What else to see and do?
Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- Alikatta, the kernel of the national park, is an important spot to
enjoy wildlife viewing. Besides watching a variety of animals, you can
also watch tamed elephants here.
- Another interesting place to visit here is the Chhindimatta Road
that will lead you to the massive Pench reservoir.
- To explore and enjoy the diversified vegetation of the national
park, one needs to pay a visit to Bodhanala Range.
- If you are planning an even wilder experience, you can get in touch
with the park authorities to book a night-stay in the watchtower at
One of the most convenient options to reach the Pench National Park is to
get to Nagpur first, either by train or by air. Officially known as Dr
Ambedkar International Airport, the Nagpur Airport has connecting flights to
most of the important destinations of the country, aside from being linked
to international destinations like Sharjah. Tourists can also get to
Jabalpur (195 km) first and then take a bus or hire a taxi to reach the
national park; the Pench National Park occupies a position on the
in Pench National Park
Though there are not too many wildlife resorts here, the ones that function
can cater quite well to your essentials and requisites. These resorts also
arrange various wildlife safaris and trips into the jungles of Pench
- Pench Tiger Camp
- Bagh Van Resort