Pench National Park - Madhya Pradesh

Area: 758 SQ Kms
Altitude: 580-675 Mt. Above MSL
Temperature: 3.1°F-47°F.
Best time to visit: 01-Mar to 30-Jun

About Pench Tiger Reserve:

Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara.Pench National Park, comprising of 758 SQ Kms, out of which a core area of 299 sq km of Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park and the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and remaining 464 sq km of pench national park is the buffer area.

Wildlife Attractions:

The high habitat heterogeneity favours high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has highest density of herbivores in India.Animals which are found in Pench are, Tigers, Leopards, Jungle Cats, Leopard Cats, small Indian Civets, palm Civets, Sambar, Cheetal, Nilgai, Jackals, Wild Dogs, Sloth Bear, Chinkara, Langoors, Rhesus etc.


The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance. The area has always been rich in wildlife. It is dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches.Flora includes, Teak and its associatesMoyan,Mahua Mokha,Skiras,Tendu,Bija,Achar,Garar,Aonla,Bhaman,Ghont,Bara,Amaltas,Kihamali,Khair.Bhirra,PalasBamboo occurs Sparsely, restricted to some valleys.

Jeep Safari:

Wildlife safari timing in Pench national park is just like most parks in the country. Timings for entry into, and exit from, the park vary according to the season. In winters, due to the shorter duration of daylight hours, the morning entry time is later and evening exit time is earlier,Tiger safari as well as Leopard safari is also available at pench..

Climate of Pench:

The Central Indian Highlands have a tropical monsoonal continental climate, with a distinct monsoon (July to September), winter (November to February) and summer (April to June).The mean annual rainfall is around 1400 mm, with the south-west monsoon accounting for most of the rainfall in the region. For the dry season (November to May), the mean rainfall was 59.5 mm, and the temperature varies from a minimum of 0°C in winter to 45°C in summer (Sankar et al. 2000). It is situated near seoni district in madhya pradesh.

How to reach:

By Air:- Airport - Sonegaon Airport, Nagpur (92 kms. from the Park)
Nagpur is the nearest airport connected to Delhi & Mumbai and other places by regular flights. Jabalpur (192 kms.) also serves as a convenient airhead with regular flights from Delhi.

By Rail:- Nagpur (92 kms.) is the nearest railway station connected to Delhi & Mumbai and other places in the region by regular trains. Jabalpur (192 kms.) also serves as a convenient railhead connected to Delhi and other parts of the country. Numerous Rajdhani Express Trains from Delhi conveniently connect to Nagpur like, the Delhi- Chennai, Delhi- Bangalore & Delhi- Bilaspur trains.

By Road:- National Highway connects the Pench National Park to Nagpur (92 kms.) and Jabalpur (192 kms). The drive time from Nagpur is 2 hrs and from Jabalpur, is 4 hrs.