Pench Land of The Tiger in Central India
Though a small area of Pench lies in the neighbouring state of Maharashtra a large part is in Madhya Pradesh a Central Indian State. It is here that Kipling's Mowgli frolicked with his wild mates Tabaki, Baloo, Bagheera and the Bandar Log. All now reside in Pench Tiger Reserve a part of Seoni Hills so vividly described in the "Jungle Book".
When you visit the Mowgli Land Jungle Book springs to life! It is the land of the tiger Sher Khan as well as the panther, sloth bear, bison, Nilgai and the deer family. The wolf too is a coveted species to search for but it resides in open areas near the villages where Mowgli was born. The common animals are the wild boar, langur and spotted which are often seen in the company of the magnificent pheasant peacock.
Though the hero is no more you will find many Mowglis in the villages near the National Park. On excursions in the park you will come across many wild animals and bird that will stir your imagination. That is why this animal kingdom is the chosen for tiger safaris.
Tiger search yields happy results and these fabulous predators will excite you from top to bottom such is the charisma. In the wild nature the tiger is the most beautiful and charismatic creature on Earth. You have to see to believe it.
The animal kingdom is a dry deciduous forest with mixed flora comprising of dense forests, bamboo, grasslands and waterways. The Pench River is the lifeline of the Park but there are many waterholes and the Totalah Doh dam which provides additional support during the arid summers.
Tourists from all over the World arrive to search for the tiger and other enchanting wild animals and reptiles. Birds too attract lot of birders during the winters when the checklist is fortified by winter migrants. If you carry a good pair of bunoculars, spotting scope and some books on avian you will enjoy bird watching to a great extent. Hire a bird guide or naturalist if possible.
In order to explore the forests on tiger safaris you need a permit. The safaris are organised by the forest department which issues the permit. The entry is limited for park zones where tourism is permitted. Since the entry is limited you need to book permits in advance.
The visit requires a stay of at least two to three days hence accommodation is required. There are number of wildlife resorts providing accommodation and travel services. Book your stay after the permits have been assured. The booking can also be done by the Pench hotel you are planning to stay at. They should help you in all matters. The luxury ones do while the budget resorts may only end up providing cheap accommodation.
In order to reach the park you can fly to Nagpur from Mumbai or New Delhi and then drive eighty kilometers to Turia. Turia Gate is an entrance to the park. The destination is also connected with Kanha National Park and Jabalpur Airport both at distance of five hours drive by road.