PENCH NATIONAL PARK

Located in the southern reaches of the Satpura Ranges, Pench National Park is one of Central India's best national parks and the setting of everyone's favourite childhood novel, Ruskin Bond's The Jungle Book.

The park supports a variety of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area, including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance.

Dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches, animal sighting at Pench National Park is much better than other parks. The park's habitat heterogeneity favours sizeable populations of Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Pig and Jackal. The Royal Bengal Tiger remains the main cat species of the park, currently standing at approximately 40 in number. Other animals of note are Leopard, Sloth Bear, Jungle Cat, Striped Hyena, Gaur and Barking Deer.

The park is also rich in birds, harbouring more than 210 species including several migratory ones. Some species that can be sighted are Peafowl, Jungle Fowl, Crow Pheasant, Crimson-breasted Barbet, Red-vented Bulbul, Racket-tailed drongo, Indian roller, Magpie robin and more.