highlights and main attractions of pench national park
Pench National Park is one of central India’s lesser known, yet more accessible reserves. A quiet and secluded area for game viewing within a breathtaking landscape of the mild Satpuda Hills, criss-crossed with rivers and streams, the park was the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’.
An area of 758 square kilometres, 299 square kilometres making up the core, the park is roughly divided into east and west, dissected by the Pench River from which it gets its name and runs north to south. Nestled into the Satpuda Hills, it is in the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering the Maharashta in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. Dominated by hills, the landscape is a mosaic of lush valleys and dry deciduous forest, with streams and, mostly seasonal, ‘nallahs’.
The Pench River dries up at the end of April leaving small pools or ‘dohs’ to the locals, which provided the wildlife with their water, the Pench Reservoir is the only permanent source of water in this dry period.