Pench National Park

Named after the Pench river, Pench National Park lies in the lower southern reaches of Satpura hills. Located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, Pench national park borders with states like Maharashtra. The park falls in the district Seoni (Madhya Pradesh), and is close to Nagpur (90 km).

Climate

The national park of Pench has usually tropical climate, and is warm during the summer, and cold in winter. Winters, temperature ranging between 3� C to 16� C, are the most comfortable season to visit the park, but it doesn't guarantee good wildlife viewing. Summers (April- June), temperature soaring from 26� C to 42� C, are the best time to view rich wildlife in the park.

Flora

The mixed forest of the Pench National Park is origin to diverse floral species. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded in the park, which make together a very suitable environs for hundreds of wild inhabitants to dwell in the park. The varied species of trees found commonly in the park are Moyan, Mahua, Mokha, Skiras, Tendu, Bija, Achar, Garari, Aonla, Ghont, Baranga, Amaltas, Kihamali, Khair, Palas. Bamboo trees are also pervaded in the park, but it is restricted to some valley.

Fauna

Pench National Park is famous for large herds of Indian Bison, Sambar, Nilgai, Cheetal, Wild Dog and Wild Pig. Predators roaming in the park are Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs and Wolfs. Other common animals that one can take sight in the park are Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Common Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena,
Porcupine and many others. approx 55 tigers, listed in the park, combine big fascination for wildlife tourists willing to spottigers. The national park and tiger reserve of Pench tigers. The national park and tiger reserve of Pench is paradise, no less than Bharatpur National Park, for birders. Approx 285 species of birds including Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Sarus Crane, White-eyed Buzzard, and many species of migratory birds invite nature lovers to explore them.

How to Reach

Main gate of the Pench national park at Turia is merely 12 km from Khawasa (80 km from Nagpur). The park finding its easy connection with Nagpur is easily reachable from all other part of the region

By Air

Nagpur is the nearest airport which has good air link with major air destinations like Mumbai and Delhi. From Nagpur, one can drive to Khawasa (80 km), from where Turia gate of the Pench national park is just 12 km.

Buy Train

The nearest railhead from the national park is Nagpur (92 km), from where one can easily reach Khawasa in 2 hours drive, and can take another small drive to the Turia gate of the park (12 km from Khawasa).

By Road

From Nagpur (80 km) and Jabalpur (190 km), one can drive on National Highway 7, and can easily reach Khawasa, from where the park is just 12 km.

Wildlife Features