Pench National Park
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Pench National Park derives its name from the River Pench flowing through the National Park. The park is located in Chhindwara and Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh in India.
Pench National Park is spread over 758 sq km. The park is located in Madhya Pradesh district. The park has various species of animals, among which the deers, wild gaurs, monkeys are easy to spot. The tigers and the lions are difficult to watch as they do not come on the safari trail often.
This forest inspired Ruyard Kipling to write the famous novel The Jungle Book.
This forest inspired Ruyard Kipling to write the famous novel The Jungle Book. Earlier till 1977 the park was a sanctuary but the status was raised to of National park in 1983. This is the 19th project tiger reserve in India and was declared so in 1992.
The forest area of Pench National Park is redolent with tropical dry deciduous teak and interspersed with bamboo trees and other species of shrubs. The Kullu tree in Pench is a highlight, and visitors are often mesmerized by its almost white bark and spread out branches that are a startling contrast to the lush greenery around.
Flora and fauna
The Pench National Park is very rich in fauna and a number of endangered species have made it their habitat. The bird population in the park counts to be over 210 species like barbets, bulbul, minivets orioles, wagtails, munias, mynas, waterfowls and blue kingfishers.
Pench has a tropical monsoonal continental climate, with a distinct monsoons (July to September), winters (November to February) and summers (April to June). Summers are very hot with mercury level touches as high as 45°C and winters are extremely cold with minimum temperature reaches to the freezing point. South west monsoons offer very heavy rain falls.
Nagpur and Jabalpur are two nearest airport well connected with cities like Mumbai and Delhi. The nearest railway station is Nagpur. By road one could Pench National Park is approximately 92 kms from Nagpur and 192 kms from Jabalpur.
You get one guide who will help you see the forest. You don't have to hire a safari jeep to get in. You can take your car inside if you pay for a guide. This guide will take you to places where you can spot the wild animals.
Outside the park, you will see people selling wildlife postcards. You can also spot some people selling musk. They start with a heavy rate, but eventually come down. Authenticity may be dubious, and to convince you, they'll perform some tricks. Don't fall for that.
Outside the national park, you will find a lot of dhabas where you can sit for a snack or for lunch. The food you will eat at these locations will be delicious and you will never believe the low rates.
Always try going for the simplest food as possible. They do not have a long menu, but whatever they make is worth eating.
After Visit Of Pench go to Bandhavgarh- Wild life lovers are welcome to the land of tigers. Today Bandhavgarh, in Madhya Pradesh, India, has the highest density of tigers in the world making it just the best tourism destination. Bandhavgarh National Park is one place where you certain of seeing a tiger in its natural habitat. It is in this valley where white tiger was found.