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Top Experiences and Fun-Filled Activities to Do in Pench National Park

Pench is a place of extraordinary splendor. These magnificent woods are home to a wide variety of vegetation and fauna, including tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears, several spotted deer species (such as nilgais, sambhar, and chinkara), wild dogs, gaurs, and Kipling’s choice for Mowgli’s adoptive family, the wolves. With more than 210 bird species, including migratory birds, Pench is a beautiful place to go bird-watching.

Going on a wildlife holiday immediately conjures up visions of an exhilarating jeep safari that takes one into the dense forests in search of wildlife. But the fact that there is more to it than first appears is not shocking. An impressive range of things to do in Pench National Park lets you explore and simultaneously fulfill your desire to explore nature in its purest form.

The Pench National Park offers a variety of activities for passionate tourists in the enthralling surroundings of the Sarahari village of Pench.

Here is a list of the Best Things to Do in Pench National Park

The Potter’s Village at Pachdhar 

A little town called Pachdhar in Seoni, about 80 kilometers from Nagpur, is well-known for its group of potters. You have to travel via NH-7 on either side of the road, where you may view some magnificent scenes of rice fields, a settlement of potters working on their wheels, and deciduous teak trees. The Pachdhar village, home to more than 100 families, is a traditional potter’s community known as Kumhaars.

You can visit this village in Pachdhar and purchase amazing stuff like earthen wares (matkis), gullak piggy banks, Diya lamps, kulhar tea glasses, and more. You can watch these things being made right in front of your eyes The production process is notably organic since it uses natural materials, primarily handmade, devoid of mechanical devices. Tractors collect black soil, the primary raw material, from nearby fields. Until recently, local potters would remove rich soil from the banks of nearby rivers, but this practice was discontinued when Pench National Park and its forest reserves took control of the area.

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Runi Jhuni Walking Trail

Walking through nature is a unique experience in itself. A 3–4 kilometer nature trail inside the Pench National Park, starting at the Karmajhiri gate, the Runi Jhuni walking track offers visitors an ideal opportunity to observe the environment and wildlife up close. When accompanied by knowledgeable naturalists, this walking circuit ensures a deep awareness of nature and the varied flora and wildlife.

During this peaceful jungle stroll, it’s possible to hear alarm sounds, see recent animal footprints, including tiger pug markings, and find scats (droppings). The highlights of this nature walk include langurs, deers, wild boars, jungle fowl, a variety of birds, and flora.

Also Read: Flora and Fauna of Pench National Park

Rukhad Cycling Excursion

The cycling trip from the Rukhad refuge in the Pench National Reserve’s buffer zone is an excellent opportunity to see wildlife while taking in the natural splendor.

Rukhad was historically regarded as one of the best forests for seeing wild animals. Although It is not a national park, it is part of the renowned Kanha-Pench Tiger Corridor. It is home to beautiful teak and bamboo forests and a healthy population of bears, tigers, leopards, and other herbivores. According to the most recent census, there are twelve tigers in Rukhad.

Pench Tree Lodge is located 45 minutes from Rukhad Sanctuary. The cycling adventure departs at about 8 AM and ends at Sakata Forest Rest House after traveling 22 kilometers. Bicyclists stop along the route to view various birds and animals.

The journey ends at Sakata Forest Rest House, constructed in 1903 and has an old-world charm evocative of England, for a meal at midday.

You can leave for a game drive in an open jeep safari at 3 PM and return to the lodge by 6 PM, or you can return to the resort after lunch. The tour includes a local English-speaking naturalist/guide.

Boating in Pench National Park 

The Pench Reservoir, also known as Kamthikhairy Dam, is a natural earth-fill dam created by the Pench River. It is an excellent place to relax and spend time with nature because it is inside the Pench Reserve, a wilderness park area. The birds and animals of Pench National Park visit this dam to drink water, and in the summer, when it dries out, some nearby small water ponds, known locally as khassa, can be observed.

The largest water source in Pench National Park shelters many of the park’s water bodies. You can enjoy boating with pedal, power, and row boats that tourists can use when visiting this reservoir. In addition, this location is ideal for bird watchers to enjoy breathtaking views of lovely birds.

Explore the Totladoh Dam 

Totladoh Dam, a stunning structure with seating areas on the Pench River on Madhya Pradesh’s border generates significant energy for the state. Moreover, this dam provides guests with a tranquil backdrop where they can enjoy their tour because the area is less congested.

From this dam, you can view the Pench River’s flowing beauty and the hydroelectric plant, the area’s primary power source. The dam is included in the ruggedness and allure of the park, and various migratory birds visit here in the winter for a fun time. Just 55 kilometers separate this location from the park. This Totladoh Dam in Madhya Pradesh is a must-see for everyone who enjoys camping and the outdoors.

Enveloped in the beauty of Pachmarhi 

Pachmarhi, the “Queen of Satpura,” extends at 1067 meters elevation in Hoshangabad and is well-known as the lovely hill station of MP in India. This location has several breathtaking waterfalls and streams encircled by Silver Falls, Bee Falls, and Apsara Vihar. Pachmarhi, close to Pench National Park, is a must-visit for those who enjoy wildlife. This area is an excellent refuge for wildlife like Indian Bison and Leopards.

The Satpura National Park and Reserve, Rajat Prapat Waterfalls (Silver Falls), the Pandava Caves, Handi Khoh, standing on top of Dhupgarh, the highest point in the Satpura Ranges, and many other attractions are all accessible on a journey to Pachmarhi.

Night Safari in Pench National Park 

Pench National Park’s Karmajhiri and Turia gates allow night safaris in the surrounding areas. We have the Kumpani-Tikari Buffer Zone Night Safari next to Pench Tree Lodge.

Night safaris allow you to enjoy the jungle’s nighttime atmosphere differently. You can observe how animals behave at night and learn more about their behavior. Some animals are active at night and are nocturnal, such as owls, civets, hares, and porcupines.

If exceptionally fortunate, one may also encounter tigers, leopards, and sloth bears. The Kumpani Tikari Buffer Zone Night Safari route is 30 km long, winds through a hilly area, and eventually leads to a location close to the Pench River. Night safaris run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Also Read: Jungle Safari in Pench National Park

Try local food in Pench National Park 

Enjoy meals made with organic vegetables and lentils while visiting Pench. Everything tastes divine and is cooked using locally produced ingredients, from Desi aloo (local potatoes) to Daal Barbati (Yard Long Bean in lentil form) to Dobri Mahua Kheer (Mahua blossoms made in rice pudding). The guests at Pench Tree Lodge can enjoy the genuine regional cuisine of rural Madhya Pradesh. The property provides a variety of events, including a farm supper experience next to the impressive organic garden during a starry night. The best recipes are available for the guests to sample life in the kitchen.

Shopping in Pench National Park 

If you’re like most people who love to shop, Pench National Park will surely give you unfathomable joy, pleasure, and excitement. Here, it doesn’t matter who you are. You will undoubtedly be thrilled if you purchase new clothing or anything related to the national park.

Take a guided tour, a stroll, a bike ride, or both to the nearby towns and weekly haats (bazaars). You can stock up on local crafts and goods, and more often than not, you’ll be asked to a villager’s home for a cup of tea.

Wildlife Photography in Pench National Park

Wildlife photography is a popular genre done by beginners, enthusiasts, and professionals alike. It involves shooting any animal (from birds to insects to butterflies to mammals), but wildlife photographers most commonly photograph mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

Photographing wildlife helps you connect with and appreciate nature. That’s what draws many wildlife photographers in the first place–they love wildlife and nature and want to spend time capturing its beauty.

Wildlife photography can also be valuable for conservation purposes. By sharing your wildlife photos, you can portray the beauty of nature. You can also convey messages about the importance of maintaining habitats for your favorite creatures.

Photographing wild animals involves a fun challenge. First, you may spend hours waiting and watching, with no real action. Then, just before the light fades, you get a fantastic opportunity that comes with an incredible thrill. In Pench National Park, you will have the best chance to click amazing wildlife pictures.

Why You Should Visit Pench

The Pench River, which runs through the park from north to south, inspired the name of the Pench National Park, which is located on the southern edge of Madhya Pradesh. The Indira Priyadarshini Pench Park and the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary comprise 299 square kilometers of the reserve’s total area, spread across 758 square kilometers in the southernmost part of the Satpura Hills. The remaining 464 square kilometers make up the park’s buffer zone.

Also Read: History of Pench National Park

Sir Rudyard Kipling wrote the timeless classic The Jungle Book and its wolf child, Mowgli, by taking inspiration from the Pench. It was inspired by a true story about a human child raised by wolves in the Seeonee (now Seoni) district in the nineteenth century. It is hardly surprising that Sir Kipling was attracted by the rivers and streams, many of which sprang from the River Pench, the tall Satpura range, and the landmass covered in dry deciduous woods and towering teak trees.

Conclusion

Now, you have multiple dimensions to enjoy wildlife and thrill with natural beauty. You have a clear picture that Pench Tiger Reserve offers a variety of activities that can be experienced depending on one’s interests. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Pench National Park with Indian Visit.

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