Pench National Park

Pench National Park is located in south of Satpura hills of Madhya Pradesh in India. It is named from the Pench River that flows through the park from north to south splitting the park into almost uniform western and eastern halves, the well forested areas of Satpura Hills. It was announced a sanctuary in 1977 but raised to the status of national park in 1983. In 1992, it was established as a tiger reserve. The park is well known for rafting. In 2011, the park won the "Best Management Award". Pench National park has two famous entry gates, Turiya and Karmajhiri. The name of Pench National Park was changed to "Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park" in November 2002. Similarly the name of Pench Sanctuary has been changed to "Mowgli Pench Sanctuary". Basically This is the land that motivated Rudyard Kipling to write the all-time favourite, "The Jungle Book" - walkthrough Pench and one can visualize Mowgli swinging through the trees and almost hear the roar of Sher Khan.
Pench National Park


The Bengal tiger is the main cat species of the park present in good numbers but since last one year due to 6 new born cubs their sightings have increased and being observed almost daily. As per latest Tiger Census, there are approx 40 tigers in the park, 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians.
Commonly seen wildlife is chital, sambar, nilgai, wild pig, and jackal. Also Indian leopard, sloth bear, indian wolf, wild dog, porcupine, monkey, jungle cat, fox, striped hyena, gaur, four-horned antelope and barking deer live in the park.
The park is rich in bird life too. According to an estimate of the wildlife authorities, the park harbours more than 210 species including several migratory ones. Some of them are peafowl, jungle fowl, crow pheasant, crimson-breasted barbet, red-vented bulbul, racket-tailed drongo, Indian roller, magpie robin, lesser whistling teal, pintail, shoveller, egret and herons, minivet, oriole, wagtail, munia, myna, waterfowl and blue kingfisher.

Visiting Times & Nearest Station

  • The best time to visit the park - between November and May.
  • Timings - 6 am and 10:30 am and between 3pm and 6pm
  • The park remains closed during July, August and September.
  • Nearest Airport - Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station : Nagpur Railway Station
Pench Wild Life Safari
Pench Wildlife Safari

Turiya is the nearest highway stop near Pench. Open jeep safaris are permitted from each of the gates twice in a day, with a fixed fare for each gate, for each schedule.

Places Around Pench National Park

Nagpur, the winter capital of Maharashtra, is located at a distance of around 93 km from Pench. The main attractions here include the Sitabuldi Fort, Council Hall, Cathedral of All Saints, High Court, Raj Bhawan, and Chhatris of the Bhonsle dynasty. 


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