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Thought to have inspired Kipling’s Jungle Book, Pench is a relatively new member of Project Tiger and perhaps the least known national park in Madhya Pradesh.

Despite being only two hours' drive from Nagpur airport, visitor numbers are low and its teak forests support a huge variety of birdlife.


Pench National Park, IndiaAlthough the tiger is more elusive here than in some of the other parks, mammals such as langur, spotted deer and jungle cat are regularly sighted. Entry to the park is prohibited after dark but a private night drive through the buffer zone with an expert naturalist is an exciting way of viewing some of the region’s nocturnal creatures, including the fascinating flying squirrel.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Pench Tiger Reserve

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Pench Tiger Reserve, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Pench Tiger Reserve

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Pench Tiger Reserve, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Pench Tiger Reserve at its best.

    • What to do in India: our highlights guide
      Sadhu in Varanasi

      What to do in India: our highlights guide

      What to do in India: our highlights guide

      Our India specialists pick some of their best things to see and do, and where to stay from the Himalaya to Kerala. Include spotting tiger, staying in a palace in Rajasthan, taking a boat trip down the Ganges and experience one of the country’s many festivals in your trip to India.

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    • India’s wildlife: our safari guide to the central parks
      A mother tiger with her adolescent cub in Bandhavgarh National Park

      India’s wildlife: our safari guide to the central parks

      India’s wildlife: our safari guide to the central parks

      India specialist Samantha explains why central India’s national parks are ideal for a wildlife vacation. She recommends how to experience the best tiger safari, and where you might glimpse sloth bears and leopards.

      11 min read

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    Accommodation choices for Pench Tiger Reserve

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Pench Tiger Reserve. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.