Explore Pench Tiger Reserve Maharashtra
Pench Tiger Reserve is a contiguous and important central India Landscape from the view of wildlife and tiger conservation. Administratively they are 2 different tiger reserves of the same name differentiated by the imaginary state boundaries of Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra. Madhya Pradesh has almost a double area compared to the 660 sq. kms. of forest in Maharashtra which was declared only in 1999 as a tiger reserve. Earlier only 257 sq. kms was core but later excepting Nagalwadi & Pauni ranges the other ranges of Chorbauli & Deolapar was also notified as critical tiger habitats.
Pench Maharashtra is more of a versatile dry deciduous forest landscape with the uniqueness of having areas rich in bamboo, riparian forest as well as meadows formed near the backwaters of the Totladoh built on Pench river. It is after the river that the park is named. Pench river divides the park into 2 areas (East & West). While East is more accessible by tourists’ due to flatter landscape and accessibility ease, the west is more dense, mountainous and mysterious.
Tiger numbers have increased from just around 11-15 in 2012 to 44 adults by end of 2016. This is due to effective protection and habitat management in the period. Moreover the park boasts of wildlife well spread around leaving the tourist no boring moment during the safari. Another interesting sighting is that of the Malabar Pied Hornbill which is found in the forests near the Totladoh colony.
This is the same Pench jungle where Mowgli roamed with Bagheera and Baloo in the fables of the story teller Rudyard Kipling. Mr. Kipling never ever visited the jungles of Pench. He got the accounts of the forest through his various British friends in the survey departments. The jungle has been mentioned in India’s most revered epic ‘The Ramayana’. The epic mentions Rama spent most of his peaceful years of exile in this forest and the forests around here. In that era these jungles were known as Dandakaranya. The nearby hill of Ramtek has ancient Ram temple that stands today as a landform evidence of that epic. This same hill finds mention in the poetic epic ‘Meghadoota’ by Kalidasa.
The main tourist gate of Sillari is 66kms from Nagpur. The Khursapar gate easily accessible from Sillari Gate Maharashtra and Turia Gate Madhya Pradesh side is fast growing in importance and fame due to continuous tiger sightings. The gates of Nagalwadi & Kolitmara on the western side are the future prospects for a great jungle experience.
Famous Tigers: Price, Veerapan, Durga and Alfa.
Beautiful landscape, Bird life, green cover, fossils, water body. The back water of Tothladoh Resersor is often referred as Jannat Point (Heaven) by the locals and Tourist.
Major Attraction in Pench Maharashtra
Beautiful Mixed Forest majorly Teak, Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dogs, Nilgai, Sambhar Deer, Indian Gaur, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Jackals, Langoors, Peacoks, Vultures and beautiful birds (around 350 bird Species).
Must watch places inside Pench : Boat Camp, Venuvan, Ambakhori, Shuttle Dam, Bakari, Fefdikundh, Salama, Tohladoh Dam. Duck Point, Bhookump Road.
Where to Stay and Safari Entry Gates at Pench MAHARASHTRA
Few Budgeted resorts are available at Pench Maharashtra. All of them provide good facilities to make the stay comfortable. Here are a few places where one can choose to stay at Pench.
Sillari Gate Pench Maharashtra:
- Recommended Resorts: Amaltas Forest Rest House, MTDC lodge, Flamingo Resort, Shrusti Jungle Homes. Tuli Veer Bagh.
- Jungle Safari Gate Access:
- Core Zone: Sillari Gate
- Buffer Zone: Khursapar and Chorbauli Gate.
- Core Zone Canter available.
Nearest ATM: Paoni-11 Kms
Mobile Sevices: Jio & Idea.
Kolitmara Gate Pench Maharashtra:
- Recommended Resorts: Forest Rest House, Alis Arcedia Resort, MTDC Khekranala Resort.
- Jungle Safari Gate Access:
- Core Zone: Kolitmara Gate
- Buffer Zone: 1.Nagalwadi (Surewani). 2. Khubada.
Nearest ATM: Parseoni and Khapa.
Mobile Sevices: Jio & Idea very weak.
Explore around Kolitmara Gate, Pench Marahatra
- Osho Sangam Arshram
- Kuwara Bhivsen Temple
- Navegoan Khari Dam
- Ramtek Temple
- Adasa Ganpati Temple
- Khindi lake and Kadidas Smarak
- CAC Allrounder Adventure Camp
- Dragoan Palace, Kamptee
How to Reach
By Air: Nagpur is 70Kms
By Rail: Nagpur is 70Kms
By Road: Nagpur is 70Kms