Pench is a spectacular natural reserve set in a characteristic central Indian teak jungle, offering peaceful and secluded game viewing. The reserve’s claim to fame is that it has the highest concentration of prey of any park in India, increasing the chances of seeing predatory cats such as leopard and tiger.
The scenery is outstanding with 758km2 of breathtaking hills and valleys, cloaked in a rich tapestry of indigenous vegetation. Lush valleys; dry, deciduous forests; and dadars flat hills set among grassy expanses and riverine forest create a variety of environments that sustain a diversity of wildlife.
Its real distinction is that Pench is home to exceptional numbers of antelope. In addition, there are multitudes of monkeys, wild dog, wolf, jungle cat, hyena and jackal. Conditions are ideal for game spotting with elevated forest canopies and open grassy plains. Along with the Pench River, several bamboo-lined streams provide an ample water source for wildlife.
It is ideal for birding with over 250 species of birds, including kingfishers, parakeets, hornbills, orioles and wagtails, as well as a large selection of impressive raptors, from the crested snake eagle to the white-eyed buzzard.
From flora to fauna, Pench is a wildlife experience second to none.
The plains of deer | Spotting one of the wild cats
The park takes its name from the meandering Pench River which intersects the wilderness area