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One of India’s lesser-known wildlife sanctuaries, Pench covers a protected area of 757sqkms and is dominated by hills, forests and valleys.

Running north to south, the river Pench divides the park into almost equal halves, western and eastern – the well-forested areas of Chhindwara and Seoni districts respectively. The highest summit in the park, the hill of Kala Pahar, reaches 650ms above sea level.

Pench’s typical dry deciduous forest of teak trees supports a rich variety of wildlife, in addition to tiger, leopard, dhole (Indian wild dog), gaur (Indian bison), sambar, chital and sloth bear are all seen here. The birdlife is also first class. The open habitat lends itself to wildlife viewing, but also offers striking views of the area’s natural beauty. The landscape and its creatures inspired Rudyard Kipling and appear in his classic tale, the Jungle Book.

Pench is conveniently situated 95kms or around two and a half hours by road from Nagpur (which is served by flights to/from Delhi and Mumbai), and 210kms, or around four and a half hours by road, from Jabalpur (which has trains and flights to Delhi), and three to four hour drive from Khana, with which it is sometimes combined. The park opens from mid-October to April.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: chital, nilgai, sambar, tiger, gaur
  • Where: Madhya Pradesh, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Tiger, Tiger

Our most popular tailor-made itinerary in the subcontinent visits India’s finest national parks and offers the best opportunity to see tigers. Combining the lesser-known wildlife sanctuary of Pench with some of India’s best tiger viewing at Kanha, the trip culminates with a visit to the iconic and majestic Taj Mahal.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Tiger Photo & Art Safari

Join award winning experts Nick Garbutt and Nick Mackman on a bespoke wildlife photography, art and sculpture workshop in Central India. Visiting two of the country's quieter tiger reserves, this tour combines morning and afternoon vehicle safaris with practical demonstrations and tuition.

  • When to go: Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Jungles, Tigers & Taj

India is an ideal destination for families. Who hasn’t read The Jungle Book and not dreamed about coming across a tiger in its luxuriant jungle? Imagine seeing a sloth bear, bathing with an elephant, or canoeing down a jungle river? And, for a grand finale there’s the majestic, unsurpassable Taj Mahal.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Walking with Sloth Bears

A gentle and rewarding walking safari in the land of sloth bears and wild dogs, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. For tiger fans, a visit to Pench at the end of the trip is a highlight, with almost guaranteed sightings from your safari vehicle.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Baghvan Lodge

Located at the edge of Pench National Park, this lodge has 12 bungalows, all of which offer a spacious bedroom and covered rooftop, perfect for romantic sleepouts. Breakfast and lunch are served on a sweeping shaded deck around the swimming pool and overlooking the nullah, a favourite route of Pench’s tigers.

Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Situated in the rural village of Jamtara, close to Pench National Park, the Camp’s exclusive position gives easy access to the Park on both sides of the river. Each of the 12 luxury tented rooms overlooks the forest, immersing guests in the jungle experience, and there is also an option to sleep under the stars.

Pench Tree Lodge

This exclusive lodge, situated on the outskirts of Pench National Park, features just six chalets perched amidst the trees in the small Sarrahiri village. Guests can enjoy treetop dining or a dip in the swimming pool between safaris and nature walks into the wildlife-rich park.

Tiger Corridor Pench

Tiger Corridor is a luxurious camp set in lush green forest, on the buffer zone of Pench National Park. Accommodation consists of 15 sumptuous cottages and eight well equipped air conditioned safari tents, all with en suite facilities, offering a real camping experience without compromising on comforts.