Pench Tiger Reserve, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench river which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh.
Pench Wildlife Sanctuary was named after the river Pench that flows nearby. The place was declared as a notified area in 1972 and as the Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983. The park is the 19th Tiger Reserve in the country and has quite a few tigers and other wildlife population. The total of 758 km of area comes under the Pench Tiger Reserve, out of which 299 sq km of the core area forms the National Park and 464 km comprises the buffer area.
An extensive forest belt extends in three directions, east and south, covering forest tracts of Seoni, Balaghat and Nagpur districts. The contiguous forest forest on the southern side in the Maharashtra state of India, initially notified as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru National Park has been recently included in the Project Tiger networkby the sane name as this Reserve. A dam has been constructed on the Pench River on southeastern boundary of the Reserve.
The region of Pench experiences the Tropical Climate with hot summers and cold winters. Pench receives monsoon showers from the beginning of July and continues till September. The best time to visit this park is during summer as many of the wildlife come out of their natural habitat in search of water and waterholes in the park. The tourists should carry light cotton clothes during summers and light woolens during winters.
The Pench Wildlife National Park is located between latitude 21°40' in the North and longitude 79°15' in the east. The park is situated in the Seoni district of southern Madhya Pradesh and runs in continuation with Pench National Park of Maharashtra.
Safari is an adventure that takes any adventurer who likes to explore the unexplored trails and unspoilt natural horizons of desert or country side or forests. One such safari is Jungle safari. It can also be defined as a forest trail, except that instead of walking, hiking or trekking, you have also got the options of exploring the forest regions via a jeep or a elephant or even on a horse.
Jungle safari not just involves exploring the jungles of a particular region. The options can involve national parks and wildlife sanctuaries as well as protective reserves. And you can also opt for wild camping as well as nature walks too. All in all saying hello to Mother Nature in the best possible ways. Staying in the jungle lodges provided by the various forests departments within the sanctuary areas is also the part of this safari deal and the best way you can enjoy your holiday to hang out in the Jungle area, relax and do nothing.
It is blessed with forests spread in all the direction. As per the physiognomy, the forest type is southern tropical dry deciduous teak and southern tropical mixed deciduous forest with other species of shrubs, trees and climbers. Teak and its associates moyan, mahua, mokha, skiras, tendu, bija, achar, garari, aonla, ghont, baranga, amaltas, kihamali, khair, palas. Bamboo occurs sparsely, restricted to some valley.
The Pench National Park is very rich in fauna and a number of endangered species have made it their habitat. There are aroung 55 tigers under this umbrella of the Park. 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians and over 210 varieties of birds have already been listed.
Air : The nearest airport to the Pench National Park is the Sonegaon Airport at Nagpur, which is at a distance of 93 km. There are frequents flights connecting Nagpur with Mumbai.
Rail : The nearest Railway Station to the Pench National Park is the Seoni Railway Station, which is 30 km away from the Park.
Road :The road network connects Seoni to almost all the major places in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Park Timings : The Pench National Park is open to the visitors from October 01st to June 30th each year and closed during the rainy seasons (July- Sept.).
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