Pench and Kanha National Park
Jungle Lore offers you a combined experience of Pench and Kanha where we shall do 2 safaris in Pench and 4 safaris in Kanha. Both forests are known for its exquisite variety of wildlife, and our team of experienced naturalists and drivers make sure that you have a memorable experience.
Detailed Itinerary :
Day 1 - Take an early morning flight to Nagpur and transfer to Pench National Park for afternoon safari.
Arrive in Nagpur and post breakfast transfer to Pench Jungle camp. Relax at the resort. After lunch, jungle safari to Pench Tiger Reserve and experience majestic wildlife. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Day 2 - Morning safari in Pench. Post breakfast departure for Kanha.
Morning safari at Pench and breakfast. Post breakfast we depart for Kanha. We reach Kanha in the afternoon and head for our first jungle safari in Kanha. Dinner and overnight at the resort in Kanha.
Day 3 - Morning and Evening safari at Kanha
Leave early morning for a jungle safari. Return to resort for breakfast. Some free time for relaxation. After lunch, again we shall leave for a jungle safari. Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 4 - Post morning safari transfer to Nagpur Airport to take a flight back to Mumbai.
Leave for early morning jungle safari. Depart for Nagpur post lunch. Take the evening flight back to Mumbai.
Resort Details :
Pench Jungle Camp - Visit Website
Camp Dev Vilas (Kanha) : Visit Website
Trip Cost : Rs 29,000 + 6% Tax
The Cost Does Not Includes
Pench Tiger reserve is fondly recalled as the true Kipling country- it is named after the Pench river which flows across the entire park. Pench's claim to a wild tiger country comes from the fact that it has the highest density of herbivore population like the chital, sambhar etc.. and the unique teak forest.
The Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighborhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book.
Pench shot to celebrity status when the BBC wildlife team filmed the brilliant documentary "Tiger- Spy in the Jungle" detailing the life of tigers in Pench.
An area of 450 sq.km. in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh was protected as Pench Sanctuary in 1977. 292 sq. km. was upgraded as Pench National Park in 1983. In 1992, a total area of 757 sq.km. was declared as Pench Tiger Reserve, India's 19th tiger reserve.
Gonds, the local tribe revere Mansingh Deo, a legendary figure who was believed to be a magician who had supernatural healing powers. He would ride into the local bazaar on his tiger. There are two temples dedicated to him, the Chhota Mansingh and Bada Mansingh temples.
Pench is the True Kipling Country, and has been mentioned by naturalist like Captain J. Forsyth in very high regards. The terrain of the park is undulating with mainly gentle slopes criss-crossed by streams and nullahs, though most of these water courses are seasonal. Many of the hills are flat-topped and allow fine vistas of the forests around- best known of these is 'Kalapahar' with an altitude of 650 mts. The Pench river flowing from north to south-west through the center of the Reserve dries out by April but a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found, which serve as waterholes for wild animals. A few perennial springs also exist. Recently a number of earthen ponds and shallow wells have been developed leading to well distributed sources of water all around the reserve.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
The Pench National Park experiences a tropical kind of a climate and there are drastic variations in the climatic conditions in Pench. It has hot summers and cold winters. Early July experiences heavy rainfall and the rainy season continues for the next two months. The average rainfall annually is around 1300 mm in the months of July and August and as such the national park is shut down. The winters are the jungle blossom season and is a photographer's fantasy. The minimum and maximum temperatures recorded in Pench National Park are 4° C and 40.5° C respectively. The winters also experience chilly wintry winds that lower the winter temperature in Pench National Park
FLORA & FAUNA
Experts term the Pench forest as southern tropical dry deciduous and dry mixed deciduous forest with other species of shrubs, trees and climbers. Teak and its associates moyan, mahua, mokha, skiras, tendu, bija, achar, garari, aonla, ghont, baranga, amaltas, kihamali, khair, palas are in abundance. Bamboo occurs sparsely, restricted to some valleys.
With the distinction of a reserve with highest density herbivore population, Pench will definitely not disappoint in terms of game viewing. The tiger and the leopard are the predators who claim fiefdom in Pench.The sloth bear and the leopard cat co-exist with the four-horned antelope and mouse deer. Spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, nilgai and wild boars may also be encountered. Langurs and the wild boars are most commonly sighted. Reptiles like crocodiles, monitor lizard, turtles, Indian pythons, cobra and viper are also found here.
Pench is a bird watcher's paradise, with more than 170 bird species already recorded. It never fails to disappoint a keen eye.
Birds : Hornbills, roofus tree-pie, painted storks, wolly neck storks , black storks, flame back woodpeckers, pied woodpeckers, varieties of kingfishers like common, white breasted, pied, stork-billed, Indian and European rollers, bee eaters, cuckoos, parakeets, Asian palm swift, varieties of owls like dusky eagle owl, collar scof owl, spotted owlet, nightjars, crakes, snipes, sandpipers, gulls, terns, eagles like serpent eagle, changeable hawk eagle, darters, cormorants, orioles, cuckoo-shrikes, minivets, drongos, pittas etc.
IN & AROUND
Some say this is the prettiest spot in Pench. As the winding track comes to a dead end, it brings you to the bank of the river Pench, dotted with rocks and weird looking trees. In the summer months, bushes with white flowers run all along the bank. To see these flowers in full bloom, it is a must to visit the spot in the morning hours, as they close by early evening. The evening though has a charm of its own here with the light of the low sun painting an amazing scenery with shadows and highlights playing their own game. It is a good spot for bird lovers. Make sure you have your binoculars with you.
The Ali-katta area appears to be the hub around which the park is planned. All tracks seem to wind their way in different directions only to end at Ali-katta. It is a fascinating expanse of grassland, where it is possible to come across any of the animals found in the park. It is one of the few places left in the country where every evening one gets to see the amazing spectacle of large grazing herds of spotted deer. Where there is prey, there will be predators, so keep your eyes open here. It is also the location from where the elephant rides commence.
Ali-katta is also home to Saraswati, a recently born baby elephant (in June 03), who will surely keep visitors enthralled with her antics for a few years to come.
Pench Tiger Reserve was created in 1992, becoming the 19th Reserve in the Project Tiger network. The core zone of the Reserve, Pench National Park was created in 1983. This was carved out of the Pench Sanctuary created in 1977 with an area of 449.39 sq. km. The area of the Park is 292.85 sq. km., which is divided almost equally in two districts - 145.36 sq. km. in Seoni and 147.28 sq. km. in Chhindwara. The area in Seoni is all Reserve Forest whereas the area in Chhindwara includes 138.24 sq. km. of Reserve forests, 6.26 sq. km. of Protected Forests and 2.78 sq. km. of Revenue Land. The total area of the reserve including the buffer zone is 757.86 sq. km.