Pench National Park is in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. It is situated on the border of Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh, which lies in the north of the border of the state of Maharashtra. At this end lies the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru National Park in Maharashtra. The Park is named after the river Pench, as early as 20th century nature lover writers have written about the panoramic beauty of this region.
Pench National Park lies in the forest belt which extends Balaghat district in the east and Nagpur district of Maharashtra in the south, here it merges the forest belt of the popular Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru National Park. The park spread over the area which is at a height of 580 meters above sea level and is in the lower belt of a Satpira range of mountains, there are several small hills.
The Park has tigers and leopards, there are sloath bears. Four horned antelope and mouse deer. There is also sambar, spotted deer, nilgai and langurs amongst the wildlife that co-exist in this park. Amongst the reptiles there are Python and a few other species of snakes along with marsh crocodiles. The Indian Flap Shell Turtle and the Peninsular Black Turtle also show their appearance.
Bird lovers can be thrilled to watch a variety of exotic birds here making their time fruitful. There are more than 170 species seen and registered in this park. The artificially created wetlands that merges with the Pench reservoir is the location for the water birds, in winter the migratory waterfowl also make their presence. Besides, there are plenty of varieties of fishes found in the waters of this area.
More About The Park
Pench National Park is a treat for the nature lovers and travelers. Lovers of wildlife, birds and fish all can be thrilled to visit and watch the diversity of the biological verities. The Park is easily accessible by road as well as air. The nearest airport is at Nagpur which is well connected with major cities in India, so also the selected airports of other nation as there is international airport in Nagpur. The closest city is Seoni from where the interested visitors can go for the park visit by bus. Turia is the stop on the highway for the park, there are open jeep safaris from each gate twice in day, though now the elephant safaris have been discontinued. Seoni in Madhya Pradesh and Nagpur in Maharastra are the prominent railway stations for the park. Buses start from Nagpur ( Maharashtra) and Khawasa in Madhya Pradesh.
The best time to visit the park is between November and May, the park remains close in July, August and September. The temperatures are hot and humid during this period. In winter the climate drops down to 3 degrees to -13 degree at night. Thus the ideal time would be October to February. The park is open to the visitors from 6 AM to 10.30 AM in the morning and between 3 to 6 PM in the afternoon.