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Pench National Park

Location: Madhya Pradesh

Main Wildlife Attractions: Gaur (Indian Bison), Cheetal, Nilgai, Sambar, Wild Pig and Wild Dog

Coverage Area: 299 sq. km (Core Area)

Established: 1975

Best Time to Visit:October to April

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Deriving its name from the meandering Pench River, the Pench National Park houses exotic species of flora and fauna. Flaunting the ‘Best Management Award’ won in 2011, the park also enjoys an amazing history. The one and only Collarwali – a star tigress is the major attraction of the park.

How to reach Pench National Park

By Air

The nearest airport to the Pench National Park is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Sonegaon, Nagpur. It is situated at a distance of 92 km from the park.

By Rail

Nagpur Railway Station is the best option to reach Pench National Park by rail. The distance between the station and the park is 92 km.

By Road

Pench National Park is very well connected to Nagpur by NH 7. It takes 2 hours and 47 min from Nagpur to reach Pench by road. The distance between the two is 130.9 km.

Nestled in the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh, the Pench National Park is an ideal place to plan a wildlife tour. Home to over 285 migratory and resident birds, the park is known for various reasons. Wildlife enthusiasts can cherish the desired bliss while spotting elusive tigers who dwell here in good numbers. With dramatic settings like that in the Rudyard Kipling’s fiction ‘The Jungle Book’, the park strengthens your belief in Mowgli and the Sher Khan.

Pench River meandering into the park adds to its beauty and raises the fun quotient by offering rafting opportunities. Four species of the now endangered vultures carefully reside in their natural habitat at the park. The park is a must-visit destination to experience what the enthralling trails have to offer.

Safari Information of Pench National Park

Wildlife Safari in the Pench National Park is one of the best things to do that promises to leave you spellbound. The Safari timings vary in winter and summer. Hence, it is always good to check the timings before planning a tour to Pench. The entry and exit timings are during both the seasons are as follows:

Summer Safari Timings

Winter Safari Timings

Morning (Entry: 06:30 to 09:30 hrs.)

Morning (Entry: 07:30 to 10:30 hrs.)

Evening ( 16:00 hrs To 18:30 hrs.)

Evening ( 15:00 hrs To 17:30 hrs.)


Nearby attraction to the Pench National Park

Baghin Nala – This area lies within the park and is known for tiger spotting.

Sitaghat/Raiyakassa – Marvel at the scenic views of the Pench Rivera along with sighting exotic birds.

Piyorthadi – Head to this area for a rendezvous with tigers.

Kanha National Park (186.6 km) – Preserving the Royal Bengal Tiger, barasingha, leopards, sloth bear etc., the Kanha National Park is a haven for animal lovers.

Best time to visit of Pench National Park

Summer season in the park starts in April and continues till June. The park enjoys monsoon season from July to September. Winter marks its arrival in November and ends in February.  Thus, the park can be visited any time of the year but usually, October to April is the best time to visit the Pench.

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