Located on the southern fringes of the state of Madhya Pradesh and the Satpura Hills, Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park is well known for its fearless tiger population. It was accorded a National Park status in 1983 and subsequently made a part of Project Tiger in the year 1992.
Pench offers numerous other wildlife attractions which include over 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians and an overwhelming 210 varieties of birds. Named after the Pench River that meanders through the park from north to south, it covers a total 758 square kilometer area over a core of 299 square kilometers. The southern tip of this tiger reserve however, projects into the state of Maharashtra, and is hardly a couple of hours drive from Nagpur City.
This area has always been extremely rich in wildlife where the undulating topography supports a mosaic of flora ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open and dry deciduous forests. The high habitat ingeniously favors high population of Chital and Sambar, and the highest density of herbivores in India.
Most suitable time for visiting this national park is from February to April, whereas it remains closed during July, August and September due to monsoons. The Pench Tiger Reserve has a glorious history and is the original setting where Rudyard Kipling’s most famous work, ‘The Jungle Book’ was conceptualized.
Pench National Park nearest Airport
Nagpur Sonegaon Airport is the closest to Pench National Park located at a distance of 93 kilometers. You could ideally choose to base at Nagpur City which is emerging as a fast growing cosmopolitan metropolis will all amenities and comfortable accommodation options, or travel and move into an assortment of jungle camps and lodging accommodation options which the Pench National Park provides. Drive down to Khawasa from Nagpur which is about a distance of 80 kilometers, and then another 12 kilometers further will bring you to the Turia Gate entrance of the Pench National Park.