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Welcome to Pench Tiger Sanctuary

The India Eco-development project was started in Pench Tiger reserve in 1996-97 with the aid from World Bank. Under this project 99 villages around the tiger reserve have been identified in order to develop their own resources, so that their dependency on the project area is mitigated. In return , they will co-operate and participate in protection of Tiger.

 

 

 

General Information on Pench Tiger Reserve

Area :

Pench National Park

292.85 sq km

Sanctuary

118.31 sq.km

Other forest Area

346.89 sq km

Total Pench Tiger Reserve

757.89 sq.km

Location

Main Entrance Gate at Turia is 12 kms from Khawasa. Khawasa lies on Nagpur Jabalpur NH-7 just on border of Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra. Khawasa is 80 kms from Nagpur and 190 kms from Jabalpur end.

         Longitudes 79 07' 45" E to 79 22' 30" E

         Latitudes 21 37' N to 21 50' 30" N

         Altitude 425-630M (M.S.L)

 

         Average Temperature

Minimum 4 C (December)

Maximum 42 C (May)

         Park remains open from 1st November to 30th June only

         Best time to visit- March to June

 

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Pench Tiger Sanctuary

Pench National park , nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra , in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara.

The undulating terrain of Pench is covered with small hills and well stocked taek and mixed forest. The main flora being Teak (Tectona grandis) , Saja (Terminalia tomentosa), Bija (Pterocarpus marsupium), Lendia, Haldu, Dhaora, Aonla, Amaltas etc. The ground is covered with a number of grasses, bushes, herbs & shrubs. Dazzling white Kullu trees scattered around singly in the forest is conspicuous among various hues of green. The old plantations of Teak & Bamboo add orderly vistas in the otherwise general wilderness.

Birds

The flow of Pench river stops in December, what remains are a few scenic and serene pools in the river bed. There are a few perennial springs and tanks. At the southern boundary of park, the Pench river has been dammed for Pench hydroelectic project at Totladoh. At the maximum capacity the reservoir submerges 54 sq kms of the park area. This had been the loss of best valley forest, which was once referred by Sir Rudyard Kipling in his book named "Jungle Book". This large reservoir of Pench with sporadic islands attract a number of winter birds from north.

Cheetal, SamBAR, Neelgai are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in search of food anywhere in park . Packs of wild dogs can also be seen occasionally . Herds of Gaur can be spotted near streams and bamboo patches, more common during summer months.

Langurs are very common. Whereas Rhesus monkeys may be seen occasionally on the fringes There are around 50 Tigers and 30 Leopards they are a shy lot and can be seen on roads and near water pools of river during summer months. Pench boasts of more than 210 species of birds including several migratory ones. Commonly seen are Pea fowl, Red jungle fowl, Crow pheasant, Crimson breasted barbet, Redvented bulbul, Racket tailed drongo, Magpie robin, Lesser whistling teal.

Park remains open from 01 November to 30 June only
Best time to visit- March to June

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How to Reach Pench Tiger Reserve

 

Nagpur is the nearest rail head and all the south bound trains stop here. Even Nagpur is the nearest airport, one can hire a taxi or board a bus from Nagpur and come to Khawasa which is 80 Km from Nagpur on Nagpur-Jabalpur NH-7.  Also Tourist can come similarly from Jabalpur to Khawasa which is 190 kms from Jabalpur. From Khawasa tourist has to hire a petrol vehicle to enter into park through Turia gate which is 12 kms from Khawasa.

Tourist can use their own jeep/car or can hire from Nagpur, Jabalpur or Seoni.

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Accommodation, Transport & Food facilities at

 

Accommodation

Forest Rest House Karmajhiri @Rs 150/ single, Rs 200/ double

Forest Rest House Annexe Karmajhiri @Rs 150/ single, Rs 200/ double

Dormitory at Karmajhiri @Rs 50/ per bed

Tourist Hut Karmajhiri @Rs 150/ single, Rs 200/ double

Forest Rest House Khawasa @ Rs 100/ single, Rs 200/ double

Rukhad Bison Retreat on NH-7 @Rs 325 per double suite ( Rukhad is 32 kms from park)

 

Transport

Tourist can use their own Jeep/car (Petrol driven) or hire it from Nagpur/Seoni/Jabalpur


Tariff per person per day per vehicle

Entry fee

Indians & citizens of
SAARC Countries

Citizens from other Countries

Entry fee per person

Rs 15

Rs 150

Entry fee per vehicle

Rs 50

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Entry fee per mini bus

Rs 100 per day

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 Guide charges

 Rs 50 per trip

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(No tourist is allowed inside park without guide)
2 elephants are available at alikatta for tourists

Elephant charges

Indians

Foreigner

Under 12 yrs

Rs 40

Rs 200/hr

Adult

Rs 60

Rs 300/hr

FOOD

Catering is available at bison retreat by M.P.S.T.D.C . Roadside hotels are available at Khawasa to dine and a moderate catering is also available at Karmajhiri on advance intimation.

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Reservation at Pench

Please Contact

Field Director,Pench Tiger Reserve,Seoni M.P.
Phone no. 07692-223794, 222169
Email
penchtr@bom6.vsnl.net.in

Manager Bison Retreat Rukhad Dist Seoni,
Phone no. 07695-246429
Lokmat bhawan vardha Road Nagpur
Phone no. 0712-523374

 

 

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