Part of Project Tiger since 1992
HOME TO OVER 285 RESIDENT AND MIGRATORY BIRDS
PROTECTS 4 SPECIES OF THE NOW ENDANGERED VULTURES
THE ELUSIVE LEOPARDS ARE FOUND IN GOOD NUMBERS
PENCH RESERVE OFFERS BOAT RIDES TO ITS NUMEROUS ISLANDS
Jungle Book’s Mowgli,
was he real?
Sleeman and Moor found the real Mowgli
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.
The one and only Collarwali
Meet Collarwali, the record-breaker of Pench
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.
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.
Points of interest
The national park has over 285 resident and migratory birds.
This rocky expanse is most famous to spot the elusive leopard.
In the past few seasons, the spot has been gaining fame for tiger sightings.
Where vultures dare
At least four of the endangered vultures - the white-rumped vulture, long-billed vulture, white scavenger vulture and king vulture - are found in good numbers in the reserve.
Popular for spotting exotic birds, it also offers a scenic view of the Pench river.
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INR 1000 - 5000
Nagpur - 118kms
(07695) 232830, 232850, 9300327575
Nagpur - 91kms
Plan your Travel
Reaching 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
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
National Highway 7 connects the Pench National Park to Nagpur. The drive time from Nagpur is 2 hrs and from Jabalpur is 4 hrs.
A handy digital map of the location and facilities for easy reference.
LOCAL GUIDE DIRECTORY
List and contact information of accredited local guides. Please call and book in advance.
A guide to the sights, facilities, timings and more.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT
This destination can be visited throughout the year, but it’s best to visit in the months of October to April.