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Pench National park

Pench National park is situated on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. It spreads over an area of 758 sq km of moist deciduous forest. Teak interspersed with bamboo trees and other shrubs is found in the forest. A special kind of gum tree called the 'Kullu tree' is the main attraction because of its white bark which is a stark contrast to the dark green background of the forest. This region is also rich in medicinal herbs.

Pench is one of the most accessible tiger reserves in the country. Other animals found here are chital, sambar, langur, and nilgai. The park is home to more than 200 species of birds. Pea fowl, red jungle fowl, crow pheasant, crimson breasted barbet, red-vented bulbul, racket tailed drongo, magpie robin, and lesser whistling teal are the main birds found in the park.

The Pench National Park is open to visitors from early November to end June each year and closed during the rainy season (July - October).

The Sitabuldi Fort, Council Hall, Cathedral of All Saints and Chhatris of the Bhonsle dynasty are the nearby attractions.

Seoni Railway Station, at a distance of 30 km, is the nearest railhead. Nagpur 92 km from Pench is connected to Delhi, Mumbai and other places in India.

Pench Jungle Camp provides canvas tents and A/C rooms for accommodation. The Jungle Camp also offers facilities such as billiards room, badminton courts, wildlife research center and a multi cuisine restaurant. Alternative accommodation facility is Bagh Van Lodge, located just five minutes away from the entrance of the Pench National Park.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Seoni


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