Pench Tiger Reserve

Nestled amidst the lower southern foothills of the Satpura Range, Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve is named after the River Pench that meanders through the expanse of the territory. Spread over a total area of 758 sqkms, Pench Tiger Reserve is located at the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. The Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve is known among the wildlife enthusiastsfor its prosperous and lush jungles and the huge variety of wild and rare animals it houses. The Tiger Reserve is one of the oldest in India so much so that it finds a mention in the Ain-i-Akbari, Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar’s own memoirs. It also served as the inspiration for the setting of Rudyard Kipling’s famous work, The Jungle Book. The Reserve isknown for its high density of herbivorous animals and is also famous for its extensive variety of deer habitation. Recently in 1992, Pench has been included under the umbrella of ‘Project Tiger’ as the 19th Project Tiger Reserve.

The best thing about Pench national park is that it offers all the beauty of Badhavgarh, but without the crowds. In this place one can spend hours without coming across another vehicle full of visitors. Pench is also where one can spot a tiger, without an orchestrated theatrical tiger show. Pench national park,w hcih was renamed Indira Priyadarshini Pench tiger Reserve in 2002, is located on the state southern boundary and is contiguous with the Pench National Park in Maharashtra. On the Madhyapradesh sid, the park is situated in the Seoni district and is named after the Pench river, which flows north to south through the park.


Travel Tips

The best time to visit the Park is between October to March - the summer months are especially great for spotting wild animals. You could catch many a wild animal wandering around the forested tracks due to the intense heat.

The summer months are peak season for tourist inflow to the park, hence it is wiser to book ahead. Also be sure to try the local cuisine of the Park eateries. The delicate mix of Maharashtrian and Madhya Pradeshi tastes makes for an eclectic palette and a taste worth the effort.

Take a blanket and wear enough warm clothes in layers instead of a single thick sweater if you want to have a morning rides in the morning.

If any of the visitor are not equipped to beat the cold, they would not be able to enjoy the trip.

Listen to the calls your guide will help you identify them.

Keep your ear and eyes open and, ideally your mouth clamped shut.

When to visit

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Things to do

Pench Tiger Reserve is a vast Park with an abundance of flora and fauna. Jungle Safaris are an all time favourite tourist attraction and lots of travellers throughout the year come to the Reserve to spot animals like tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wolves,  sloth bears, chousinghas, chinkaras, barking deer, jackals, foxes, palm civets, small Indian civets, jungle cats, hyenas, porcupines etc. Infact, the Pench Tiger Reserve has also been voted among the best areas for bird watching. Four species of the now endangered vultures, white-rumped, longbilled, white scavenger and king vulture can be seen in good numbers in the Reserve. Alongside the Reserve also records 50 species of fishes, 10 of amphibians, 30 species of reptiles, 45 types of butterflies, 54 species of moths and numerous other insects. Elephant and jeep safaris can be booked at the Park on spot, or by your hotel or resort as part of their package and will cost you anything between Rs 3000-4000. Try going for the early morning safarissince more animals can be spotted at dawn. The Pench Reservoiris a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts is its vantage location in the heart of the forest which makes it an easy site for spotting animals that come out for a drink.

Camping in the Pench National park is a very popular activity. The forest service offers canvas tents and camping gear to tourists who want to opt for a camping holiday instead of staying at regular hotels. At a rate of a mere Rs 300 per night for tourists, it is a once in a lifetime experience and truly brings you close to Mother Nature, in all her wild glory. The rate also includes trekking/ cycling on designated routes. Arrival at and departure from the camp site however, is only allowed during the normal tourism hours. Elephant safaris and boating are other popular tourist activities within the park. The Park officials also organise special wildlife viewing from hide-a-spots and machans at an additional fee of Rs. 150 and are very popular with wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers who come here to witness nature in her ragged splendour.

Getting Around

The best way to travel around Pench National Park is in an open gypsy. These are available on rent, through various providers within the forest with booking charges being approximately Rs 1230 per safari. If you are planning to travelto the Pench Reserve duringthe main tourist season or on weekends or on holidays it’s advisable to book the safari in advance.

Places to Stay

Pench has various Luxury resort options, as well as low and mid-range accommodations available to suit your budget requirements. There are plenty of hotels for all budgets,a nd most of them accept credit card payments and in the high season (December - March) it is advisable to make advance bookings.


How to Reach

  • Nagpur is also the nearest airport, and one can hire a taxi or board a bus from Nagpur and come to Khawasa, which is 80 Km from Nagpur on Nagpur-Jabalpur NH-7.
  • Nagpur is the nearest rail head and all south bound trains stop here.
  • You can also reach Khawasa, which is the nearest locale to the Park, from Jabalpur by road. It is about 190 kms from Jabalpur, and can easily be covered in 3-4 hours. From Khawasa you have to hire a petrol vehicle to enter into park through Turia gate which is another 12 kms from Khawasa. You can also use own jeep or can choose to hire one from Nagpur, Jabalpur or Seoni. By road the Pench National Park is approximately 92 kms from Nagpur and 192 kms from Jabalpur.

Surrounding Attractions

Pench National Park is in the vicinity of several other national parks such as Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panna etc. If you are on a wildlife safari trip, a great idea would be to travel through all these national parks, one after the other, soaking in Mother Nature in all her magnificence. Kohka Lake, not far from the Park is a locally popular tourist spot and is excellent for a lazy picnic or leisurely day out. Sunset at Kohka Lake is known for its magical quality - a small reservoir where thousands of water birds flock to roost in the evenings, against the backdrop of the setting sun presents a beautiful sight which makes this place look almost surreal.

The morning rides of jep safaris can be a challenge, it will be freezing in the winters, tempertaures dropping down till 1 or 2 celcius. 


Emergency No.

Jabalpur Police - Superintendent of Police
Phone: 2676111 
Hospital - Jabalpur Hospital and Research Center – 2450660
Nagpur Police Station - +91-712-2564350 

The Fiedl Director, Pench National Park Seoni - STD code (07692) 223794

Pench Range Offices:

Korai: 07695-246405

Pichwai: 07162-259197

Khawasa: 07695-23241