Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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Pench National Park, nestled in the heart of India, is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. Covering an expansive area of 758 km², this park straddles the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh, with a small portion extending into northwestern Maharashtra. The lush forests, meandering Pench River, and diverse wildlife make it a must-visit destination.

How to Reach

By Air The nearest airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur (approximately 120 km away). You can hire a taxi or take a bus to the park from there. Alternatively, you can fly to Jabalpur Airport (about 200 km) and continue your journey by road.

By Train Nagpur Junction is the closest major railway station. Regular trains connect Nagpur to various cities across India. From Nagpur, hire a cab or take a bus to Pench National Park.

By Bus State-run buses and private operators offer bus services to Pench from Nagpur, Jabalpur, and other nearby towns.

2-Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Wildlife Safari

Start your day early with a thrilling jungle safari. Guides will accompany you to the best spots for wildlife sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for spotted deer, wild gaurs (Indian bison), and playful monkeys. While tigers and lions are elusive, their presence adds to the park’s mystique.

  • Day 2: Nature Walk and Bird Watching

Explore the park on foot during a guided nature walk. Learn about the flora, fauna, and fascinating ecosystems. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the variety of avian species—spot colorful kingfishers, majestic eagles, and elusive owls.

Getting Around

Inside the park, you’ll have a knowledgeable guide to lead you. You can even use your car if you hire a guide. Turiya Gate offers morning safaris on Wednesdays.

Things to Do

  • Wildlife Photography
Capture the beauty of Pench’s inhabitants—whether it’s a graceful deer or a rare bird.

Nature Trails: Explore the forest trails, listen to the rustling leaves, and immerse yourself in nature. Star Gazing: The clear night skies are perfect for stargazing. Don’t forget to look up!

Offbeat Places

Sitaghat: A serene spot along the Pench River, ideal for picnics and relaxation. Alikatta: Visit this lesser-known area for a peaceful escape.


Interact with locals, learn about their culture, and savor local cuisine. Don’t: Fall for tricks from sellers outside the park. Stick to authentic experiences.

Shopping and Food

Outside the park, explore local markets for handicrafts and souvenirs. Dhabas (roadside eateries) serve delicious, home-cooked meals at affordable prices.


Pench Jungle Camp: Experience the wilderness firsthand by staying in comfortable tents.


After your Pench adventure, head to Bandhavgarh National Park. Known for its high tiger density, it’s a wildlife lover’s dream.