Pench Tiger Reserve 

Pench Tiger Reserve is named after the pristine Pench River. The Reserve is located in Seoni & Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh which share border with Maharashtra.

The Pench river flows from north to south right through the middle of the Pench Tiger reserve. Thus, dividing the Tiger reserve into equal eastern & western parts. The place is also commonly known as Pench National Park since the identity of a tiger reserve was granted to it later in 1992.

Pench Tiger Reserve is the shared pride of both Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh. Its convenient location makes it easily accessible from both states

Pench Tiger Reserve is easily accessible from National Highway 7. It has total of 11 gates out of which 6 gates are in Maharashtra & 5 gates are in Madhya Pradesh. Karmajhiri, Silari & Turiya are main entry gates.

History – Pench Tiger Reserve

Pench Tiger Reserve was formed as a wildlife sanctuary in 1977. Later in 1983, its status was raised to that of a National Park. In 1992 Pench was given official identity of a Tiger Reserve.

Total area of the Pench Tiger is 758 sq. km. Out of this, 292.85 sq. km is allotted for the core zone of the reserve. A buffer zone includes Reserve Forests, revenue lands and Protected Forests sprawl in 346.73 sq. km.

The Mowgli Pench Wildlife Sanctuary which covers over 118.30 sq. kilometres is also a part of the Pench Tiger reserve.

Flora and Fauna – Pench Tiger Park

Pench tiger reserve is a home not only for the big cats but a wide range of other wild animals. Undoubtedly, the Royal Bengal Tiger is most dominant predator of Pench. Leopards, jungle cats & hyenas are some predators you can easily find in Pench. They prey on sambhar, gaur, chital, langur, wild boar etc.

Mammals: 39 mammal species live in the Pench. Sloth bear, porcupine, four horned antelopes, jackal, nilgai, wild dog and others to name a few.

Reptiles: 13 types of reptiles as well as 3 different amphibian species dwell in and around the aquatic ecosystem of Pench.

Birds: According to wildlife authorities, avifauna diversity stands at a outstanding 210 varieties including the migratory birds. This includes peafowl, pintail, drongo, unia, magpie robin, myna etc.

Flora: The thick forest cover is spread throughout the Pench reserve. A blend of tropical mixed deciduous forests & Southern dry broadleaf teak forests is present. climbers, Shrubs and trees are can also be seen. Some of them possess medicinal as well as healing properties. 

Pench Topography

The undulating landscape ultimately leads to a greater height as one climbs up the Seoni Hills. The beautiful sight is enchanting as the grandeur unfolds. The altitude differs from 425 to 675 mts. above MSL, including low-lying hills in the Satpura Range. The approach is an attractive assemblage of hills and valleys covered by significant teak and mixed forests. The National Park is labelled after the Pench River, which divides the reserve covering almost 54 sq. km. of the jungle as the backwaters of Totla Doh Dam and with lots of small rivulets, ponds, nullahs, water holes, springs, and streams, well spread throughout the offers, it offers succor to wide ranges of life forms occupying this ecosystem

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Pench Tiger Reserve online safari booking details

Pench National Park share the boundary with both Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Both the state has their government websites for Pench Safari Booking online. Both states have different safari timings. You can book Pench safari online here –

Pench National Park & Tiger Reserve Safari Timing Madhya Pradesh

Season / Months Morning  Morning  Evening  Evening 
Entry Exit Entry Exit
January 05:30 Hrs 10:30 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
February 05:30 Hrs 10:30 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
March 05:30 Hrs 10:30 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
April 05:15 Hrs 10:30 Hrs 16:00 Hrs 19:00 Hrs
May 05:15 Hrs 10:30 Hrs 16:00 Hrs 19:00 Hrs
June 05:15 Hrs 10:30 Hrs 16:00 Hrs 19:00 Hrs
October 06:00 Hrs 10:30 Hrs 14:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
November 06:00 Hrs 10:30 Hrs 14:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
December 06:00 Hrs 10:30  Hrs 14:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs

Pench National Park & Tiger Reserve Safari Timing Maharashtra

Season / Months Morning  Morning  Evening  Evening 
Entry (Hrs) Exit (Hrs) Entry (Hrs) Exit (Hrs)
July – Nov 06:00 – 07:00 10:00 14:00 – 17:30 17:30
Dec – Feb 06:30 – 09:30 09:30 14:00 – 17:30 17:30
Mar – Apr 05:30 – 09:30 09:30 15:00 – 18:30 18:30
May – June 05:15 – 09:30 09:30 15:00 – 18:00 18:00

Other Places to visit near Pench Tiger Reserve

You can also visit following popular locations 


        Chhindimatta Road



        Bodhanala Range

How to Reach Pench Tiger Reserve

By Air- Nagpur Airport (88 Km) is the nearest one to reach the national park. Another option is Jabalpur Airport, which is 200 km far away from the park.
By Rail- The closest railway station is Nagpur (90 km), well connected to all the cities of India.
By Road- Nagpur is 88 km far from Pench through Seoni (NH No. 7).