Untamed Pench
BAGHIN NALA The real jungle
with real Sher Khans
Pench National Park
22.0166° N, 79.8297° E

Untamed Pench

  • Pench Tiger Reserve

    Part of Project Tiger since 1992

  • Pench Birds

    Home to over 285 resident and migratory birds

  • Pench – Land of The Vultures

    Protects 4 species of the now endangered vultures

  • Pench Elusive Leopards

    The elusive leopards are found in good numbers

  • Pench Reserve Forest

    Pench Reserve offers boat rides to its numerous islands

Jungle Book’s Mowgli,
was he real?

Jungle Book Mowgli

The one and only Collarwali

Pench Collarwali

Tigers. Leopards. Jackals. And us humans. The Pench National Park, like it did in the iconic 'The Jungle Book', still brings humans in close contact with wildlife. Rudyard Kipling based Mowgli's adventures, and his battle with the furious Sher Khan, on this very place.

Located in the southern reaches of the Satpura range, it is divided by river Pench into nearly two equal parts. This magnificent expanse shelters over 285 resident and migratory birds.

Pench National Park, with its majestic tigers and several other animals and birds, will bring back the thrill you used to have, when watching Mowgli battle Sher Khan.

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How to get here?

Reaching by Air

Reaching Pench by Air

Sonegaon Airport, Nagpur is around 92 km from the park. Nagpur airport, connected to Delhi, Mumbai and major cities, is also the closest airport. Jabalpur (192 km) also serves as a convenient airhead with regular flights from Delhi.

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Pench by Rail

Nagpur (92 km) and Jabalpur (192 km) serve as a convenient railhead connected to Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities. Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Bilaspur trains halt at Nagpur.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Pench by Road

National Highway 7 connects the Pench National Park to Nagpur. The drive time from Nagpur is 2 hrs and from Jabalpur is 4 hrs.

Sleeman and Moor found the real Mowgli

Pench Mowgli Sanctuary

Mowgli and friends from Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book

The world knows Mowgli as a wolf-child from Kipling's most popular work of fiction. But Sir Sleeman's pamphlet says a wolf-child did really exist in 1831.

This tale has been around for years. Sir William Henry Sleeman's pamphlet, 'An Account of Wolves Nurturing Children in Their Dens', talks of a boy, living in the company of wolves, captured by Lieutenant John Moor after camping for a month in Seoni.

It is believed that this pamphlet caught Rudyard Kipling's attention, inspiring him to write 'The Jungle Book'. What makes this theory believable is the fact that the places mentioned in the book do really exist.

What an experience it would be to visit these places in Pench! And for the child within you, who's still a die-hard fan of Mowgli, there is a Pench Mowgli Sanctuary in the reserve.

Meet Collarwali, the record-breaker of Pench

Collarwali Tigress - Pench Attraction

Collarwali - the star tigress of Pench

Soon after she was born in 2005, the forest officials had named her T-15. But soon the locals started calling her Collarwali because of the radio collar around her neck. Collarwali was born to famous parents Badi Mada (Big Mother) and Charger, a famously ferocious male.

Collarwali’s popularity rose when she starred in the popular documentary series - Spy in the Jungle, which was shot using trunk cameras tied to elephants. The series documented Collarwali and her siblings playing, cuddling, fighting, learning, hunting and generally growing up. Like all tigers, Collarwali too struck out soon after and marked her own territory. She became a regular sight to a growing number of Park visitors, and she earned their admiration for her majesty and grace.

Collarwali on the prowl near river Pench

In 2011, she gained nation-wide popularity when she gave birth to a litter of five cubs, because by then, she had given birth to a total of 22 cubs in six litters - a record unmatched by any tigress in India.

Collarwali and her cubs enormously improved tiger sighting chances in Pench Tiger Reserve and contributed to increased interest and tourist footfalls.