Nestled in the lower reaches of the Satpuda Hills, and named after the Pench River, this reserve is quieter and less known than others in the region, but can boast the highest concentration of prey of any of India’s parks, and is included under the umbrella of ‘Project Tiger’. It’s an area of natural beauty and rich in wildlife, and it is part of the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s famous book, The Jungle Book.
Our sample tours in Pench Tiger Reserve
The reserve has vast and rich forests spread in all directions, and are southern tropical dry deciduous teak and southern tropical mixed deciduous with other species of shrubs, trees and climbers. Bamboo can also be found in certain areas of the park.
The Pench National Park is home to many endangered species, as well as many thriving species of magnificent creatures. There are 25 tigers under this umbrella of the Park, 39 species of mammals, such as Leopards, Bears, Sambars, Antelope, and Deer, 13 species of reptiles, and 3 species of amphibians. As well as mammals the park is rich in bird life., with over 210 species such as barbets, bulbul, minivets orioles, wagtails, munias, mynas, waterfowls and blue kingfishers.
Sitaghat, Alikatta and Bodhanala range
Sitaghat is one of the prettiest areas in the park, along the bank of the Pench River lined with beautiful trees and white flowers in the summertime. The evening view here is breathtaking, and its a great vantage point for spotting wildlife. Alikatta is the hub of the park, and the best place to spot the largest selection of animals, especially grazing herds. The magnificent elephant ride also comes through this area. The Bodhanala range is famed for its topography, large ponds, bamboo forests and sloping hills. This is the place to view birds, especially water birds. A good place to stretch your legs and have a picturesque lunch view.