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» Pench Park - Best Weekend Getaway from Nagpur

Pench Tiger Reserve The Pench National Park is the most popular tourist destination of Nagpur, situated between latitude 21°40' in the North and longitude 79°15' in the east covering the total area of 542.66 square kms. It is located just 95 kms away from the city of Nagpur. You can find the description of the incredible beauty of this national park in the books of many popular writers including Captain Forsyth, A.A.D.

Brander, R.A. Strendale, and Rudyard Kipling. The best book inspired by the Flora & Fauna of Pench is "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. Hence, Pench is mainly known as the “home of Mowgli” (the main character of the book).

History: Named After the river Pench, the Pench National Park was declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in 1977 and as national park in 1983. In 1992, the Pench National park became the 19th Tiger reserve of country. Eventually in 2002, the name of the national park was changed to Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park.

» Flora & Fauna: The Pench National Park is the birth place of diverse of Flora and Fauna species. Flora - There are about 1200 species of Plants in the park. The commonly found species of flora include - Aonla, Ghont, Baranga, Moyan, Mahua, Mokha, Skiras, Amaltas, Kihamali, Tendu, Bija, Achar, Garari, Khair, Palas and Bamboo trees.

» Fauna - The Pench National Park is rich with diverse of Fauna Species. The famous species of animal that are commonly found here are - large herds of Indian Bison, Sambar, Nilgai, Cheetal, Wild Dog, Wild Pig, Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Wolfs, Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Common Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine and many others. Besides, this is indeed a paradise for birders as 285 species of beautiful birds are easily found here. The Flora & Fauna of the park invite nature lovers to explore the incredible natural beauty of the park.

How to reach from Nagpur: First you need to go to Khawasa that is 80 km from Nagpur and from there Turia gate of the Pench national park is just 12 km. Nagpur is well connected by all Road, Rail and Air to Pench.

Park Timings: The Park is open from October 16th to June 30th and closed during the rainy seasons that is July - Sept. The best time to visit this park is during summer months, as this time, almost all the animals come out in search of waterholes.

Accommodation: While on tour to Pench National Park, you need not bother about accommodation as there are some exciting lodging options in the park. You can easily find comfortable accommodation in the Pench Jungle Camp that offers canvas tents and A/c rooms and excellent facilities like - badminton courts, billiards room, wildlife research centre and a multi cuisine restaurant. Besides, you will also find Bagh Van Lodge the best lodging option. It is located just five minutes away from Pench National Park and offers beautiful cottages.