ABOUT: Pench Tiger Reserve is located in the Seoni District and Chhindwara District of southern Madhaya Pradesh in central India.
The Reserve gets its name from the Pench River that flows, north to south, 74 km through the reserve. The Pench River bisects the Pench reserve into two nearly equal parts; the 147.61 km² of the Western Block which falls in the Gumtara Range of the Chhindwara Forest Division and the 145.24 km² of the Eastern Block in the Karmajhiri Range of the Seoni Forest Division.
The total area of the Reserve is 757.89 km² of which the Pench National Park, forming the core zone of the Reserve, covers 292.85 km², and the Mowgli Pench Wildlife Sanctuary is 118.30 km² in area. A Buffer Zone constituted by Forests, Protected and Revenue land, occupies 346.73 km².
HISTORY: This area was described as extremely rich and diverse in wildlife from the earliest records available on the 16th century.
The Pench Sanctuary was created in September 1977, with an initial area of 449.39 km². The Pench National Park, recently renamed as Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, was created in 1983, carved out of the Sanctuary. The Tiger Reserve, 19th in the series, was formed under the Project Tiger scheme in November 1992.
DISTANCE FROM MUMBAI: 918 KM Via NH 6.
DISTANCE FROM PUNE: 793 KM Via NH 6.
Places Near Pench to Visit: Bandhavgarh National Park
Kanha National Park
Nagzira National park
Tadoba National Park
How to Reach:
By Air: 1- Nagpur is the nearest Airport only 88 Kms. by road 2 – 3 hrs
2- Jabalpur is also another Airport only 200 kms. by road from Pench, Jabalpur well connected with Delhi and Mumbai, another many city of India.
By Rail: Nagpur is the nearest railway station from Pench National park, Nagpur Junction is well connected to all the city of India.
Best Time to Visit:
February to June although cool season (October to February) is much more comfortable and still very good for wildlife.