Pench National Park

The Pench National Park is situated in the bank of the Pench River, which flows from north to south through the park. This river constitutes the district boundary of Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in the upper region and State boundary with Maharashtra State in the lower region. This area became the 19th Tiger Reserve of India in 1992. The Pench National Park constitutes the core of the Tiger Reserve. The total area of the park is 292.85 Sq km. The total area of the Pench Tiger Reserve is 757.85 Sq km. The Buffer Zone includes Pench Sanctuary 118.47 Sq km. The Buffer Zone extends in all the directions except south. Tiger, Panther, Wild dog, Cheetal, Sambhar, Chausingha, Bison, Wild boar, Languor and many other species of mammals and reptiles are principal fauna and Teak, Saja, Bija, Jamun, Dhaora, Mahua, Semal, Lendia, Aonla, Tendu, Dhaman, Palas, Kusum, Arjun, Baheda¬† and Bamboo are principal flora. Travelling inside the area are four wheeler petrol vehicles. For accommodation Forest Rest House at Karmajhiri and Rest House of M.P. Tourism Development corporation at Rukhad on NH 7 is available. Park remains open for the visitors from 1st October to 30th June, but the best season for visitation is from December to April. Nearby tourist spots are Rukhad Forest, Jawaharlal Nehru National Park of Maharashtra, Totladoh Reservoir and Dam. There is a religious spot inside the PA named ‘Kumbha Baba Temple’. The villagers do their worshipping in the temple of Kumbh Baba. Fair is organised by the villagers, once in a year in winter.

Getting There:

Air: Nagpur is nearest airport.

Rail: Chhindwara and Nagpur are nearest railway station.

Road: Chhindwara and Nagpur are nearest bus stand.