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Pench National Park

Place : Seoni district of Southern Madhya Pradesh..
Major Attractions : Tiger, large herds of Gaur (Indian Bison), 285 species of domestic and migratory birds.
Area Covered : 757.89 sq. km
Ideal Time to Visit the Park : Though the park is open from November to June, but the best time to visit the park is between March and June.
Nearest Attractions : Pench National Park
Some Major Accesses : Khwasa, Nagpur

Things to Know
Where is the Pench National Park
Named after the Pench river, Pench National Park lies in the lower southern reaches of Satpura hills. Located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, Pench national park borders with states like Maharashtra. The park falls in the district Seoni (Madhya Pradesh), and is close to Nagpur (90 km).

The climate of the Pench National park
The national park of Pench has usually tropical climate, and is warm during the summer, and cold in winter. Winters, temperature ranging between 3º C to 16º C, are the most comfortable season to visit the park, but it doesn't guarantee good wildlife viewing. summers (April- June), temperature soaring from 26º C to 42º C, are the best time to view rich wildlife in the park.

Important detail in Pench National Park history
Many of the locations of the park finding its description in popular book, the jungle book of Rudyard Kipling, gives the book origin setting. In 1977, the park was declared as sanctuary, which was declared as national park in 1983. In 1992, Govt. of India announced the national park as the 19th Tiger reserve of country. In 2002, the name of the national park was changed to Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park.

The Ecological System in the Pench National Park
The Flora in Pench National Park
The mixed forest of the Pench National Park is origin to diverse floral species. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded in the park, which make together a very suitable environ for hundreds of wild inhabitants to dwell in the park. The varied species of trees found commonly in the park are Moyan, Mahua, Mokha, Skiras, Tendu, Bija, Achar, Garari, Aonla, Ghont, Baranga, Amaltas, Kihamali, Khair, Palas. Bamboo trees are also pervaded in the park, but it is restricted to some valley.

The Fauna in the Pench National Park
Pench National Park is famous for large herds of Indian Bison, Sambar, Nilgai, Cheetal, Wild Dog and Wild Pig. Predators roaming in the park are Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs and Wolfs. Other common animals that one can take sight in the park are Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Common Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine and many others. approx 55 tigers, listed in the park, combine big fascination for wildlife tourists willing to spot tigers.

The national park and tiger reserve of Pench is paradise, no less than Bharatpur National Park, for birders. Approx 285 species of birds including Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Sarus Crane, White-eyed Buzzard, and many species of migratory birds invite nature lovers to explore them.

Pench National Park Travel Circuit
Panna - Khajuraho - Orchha - Gwalior

How to Reach Pench National Park
Main gate of the Pench national park at Turia is merely 12 km from Khawasa ( 80 km from Nagpur). The park finding its easy connection with Nagpur is easily reachable from all other part of the region

Air : Nagpur is the nearest airport which has good air link with major air destinations like Mumbai and Delhi. From Nagpur, one can drive to Khawasa (80 km), from where Turia gate of the Pench national park is just 12 km.

Rail : The nearest railhead from the national park is Nagpur (92 km), from where one can easily reach Khawasa in 2 hours drive, and can take another small drive to the Turia gate of the park (12 km from Khawasa).

Road : From Nagpur (80 km) and Jabalpur (190 km), one can drive on National Highway 7, and can easily reach Khawasa, from where the park is just 12 km.

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