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Pench National Park, Seoni (Madhya Pradesh)

Pench National Park is a national park in India's Madhya Pradesh state, established in 1975 with an area of 257.26 km2 (99.33 sq mi).

Pench National Park is a national park in India’s Madhya Pradesh state, established in 1975 with an area of 257.26 km2 (99.33 sq mi). It includes Pench Tiger Reserve and derives its name from the Pench River that flows through the park from north to south dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves, the well-forested areas of Seoni and Chhindwara districts respectively. It was declared a sanctuary in 1965, raised to the status of national park in 1975 and enlisted as a tiger reserve in 1992. In 1983 it was declared as National Park.


We all have grown up watching jungle book cartoon with Mowgli as super hero and wicked roaring Sher Khan combating him. I have seen Pench National Park, which inspired the jungle scenes in the movie. The park features a flowing river and rocks scattered on one side, serving as the dwelling place of the king of the jungle. The park features a flowing river and rocks scattered on one side, serving as the dwelling place of the king of the jungle. In reality, the rocky zone of the Pench is habitat of scary wolves. The beauty of this National park drove the writer to pen a story which became the favorite tale of every child.

If you looking for some breathtaking wildlife experience amidst exotic for natural beauty, Pench National Park should be the destination on cards. So, let us go deep on the imaginary exploration of wildlife sanctuary which is an abode of scenic beauty, endangered wildlife and much other.

Forests and Wildlife

The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance.

The area has always been rich in wildlife. It is dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches. The high habitat heterogeneity favours high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has highest density of herbivores in India (90.3 animals per sq km).

History about Pench National Park

In the year 1965, it was awarded the status of Sanctury, where as in 1975 it was declared as a National Park. Later in 1992, it was founded as Pench Tiger reserve which is spread in the zone of approximately 758 Sq KM. Pench National Park falls in the mid zone of Tiger reserve with an area of 292.85 Kms, whereas the Mowgli Pench Wildlife Sanctuary is extended on the area of 118.30 sq km. Popular novel written by Rudyard Kipling received inspiration of his wildlife novel “Jungle Book” from the scenic beauty of Pench National Park only.


Core : 292.85 sq. km.
Buffer : 465.00 sq. km.
Total : 757.85 sq. km.

Longitude : 79007’45” E to 79022’30”
Latitude: 21037’N to 21050’30” E
Altitude : 580-675 Mt. Above MSL
Rainfall : 1397 mm

Seasons :

Winter : November to February
Summer : March to mid-June
Monsoon : mid-June to September


Minimum : 3.1°F
Maximum : 47°F.

Frequently asked questions about Pench National Park

How do I get to Pench National Park?

Pench National Park is located in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh, India. The nearest airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur, Maharashtra, which is approximately 92 kilometers away from the park. Nagpur is well-connected by air, rail, and road to major cities in India. From Nagpur, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Pench National Park.

What is the best time to visit Pench National Park?

The best time to visit Pench National Park is during the winter season, from November to February, when the weather is pleasant and the chances of spotting wildlife are higher. The park remains closed during the monsoon season, from mid-June to September, due to heavy rainfall. Summer months, from March to mid-June, can be hot, but it is still possible to visit and witness wildlife in action.

Are there any accommodation options available near Pench National Park?

Yes, there are several accommodation options available near Pench National Park, ranging from luxury resorts to budget-friendly lodges and guesthouses. Some popular places to stay include wildlife resorts and jungle lodges located in close proximity to the park. It is advisable to make advance reservations, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Read also:- National Parks in India

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