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Pench

Pench National Park is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara and spread over an area of 752 sq kms. The Park named after the river Pench, which flows from north to south through the reserve and provides stunningly large water bodies. The prey species concentration at Pench is amongst the highest in India and home to diverse wildlife.

The terrain is undulating, with most of the area covered by small hills, steeply sloping on the sides. The Reserve is situated in an area that holds a significant place in the natural history of the Central India.  The description of its natural beauty, richness in flora and fauna has appeared in numerous wildlife books dating back to the 17th century. Books written in the 19th and early 20th century by famous naturalists like Captain J. Forsyth and Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature’s abundance in this track.

Pench is home to a variety of wild life and more famously for the Royal Bengal Tiger. However, Leopard sightings in this park stated to be amongst the best in India. Other predators in the park are Dhole (Indian Wild Dog), Wolf, Hyena, Jackal, and the Jungle Cat. The vast expanse of pastures and meadows along the river is a good breeding ground where you can catch herds of Cheetal, Sambar, Wild Boar and Gaur.

The park is a delight for bird lovers and is home to more than 300 species of birds including Orioles, Wagtails, White eyed buzzard, Horn bills, Kingfisher, Barbets, Orioles, Minivets, the crested serpent eagle, crested hawk eagle and a host of Raptors.