The alluring world of Pench in Madhya Pradesh , A Lusturous Green Forest about which I have been longing to write since months. It is the same forest which inspired Rudyard Kipling to sit on its lap and write the very famous “ The Jungle Book” . Yes , you got it right. It is “The Mowgli Forest” who has entertained us during the Sundays of Nineties and even a non-singer like me would keep on humming the song “ Jungle Jungle Pata Chala Hai ..Chaddi pehen ke fool khila hai “ due to the severe fondness I had towards him like many other kids.
If you think of National Park and Tiger Reserve , Jim Corbet and Ranthambore have always come first in the choice. However, it has been lately, that other parks and sanctuaries have also come to the forefront due to the outstanding hard work and aggressive promotion of the Forest Officers, Naturalists , Hospitality Industry and not to undermine the efforts of forthcoming Wildlife Photographers capturing snapshots of the captivating forest and spreading the same through Social Media like Facebook , Twitter , Instagram and Watsapp.
And Pench National Park is an impeccable example where the park has recently grabbed the top spot in the list of most Imminent Tiger Reserve of India.
With Collarwali , the Magestic Tigress of Pench having given close to 22 cubs by now, she is certainly harnessing lot of wildlife lovers and paparazzi attention. People have gone crazy to get a glimpse of this Royal and Regal Tigress giving her the status of Celebrity.
To say that Pench is a Nature’s Paradise would be an understatement. It is the hope for all the damage we Humans have already done selfishly to our Only Earth. With the rise in number of Big Cats, it has been attracting a lot of tourism . The forest is not only beautiful but if you have visited Ranthambore, Kanha & Kabini, you would know how the forest is a mix of all the above forests and reminds you of other parks in bits and pieces. The best part of the forest is the absence of Lantena which has been growing extensively in other South NP and thereby reducing the visibility of Animals.
For me, it’s a Bird Watching paradise and I have never been disappointed , each safari giving a new surprise. To put the icing on the cake, a glimpse of Collarwali and her Cubs (Chota Charger the most popular among them) or other tigers like BaginNala or BMW definitely giving an experience of life time.
The beautiful park which has been named after the river Pench divides the entire forest of 757 km² into 2 areas giving it an excellent landscape. The vast stretch of lands, the flowing water in between, the chirpiness of the birds gives you the true experience of Jungle in all sense.
I would like to persuade each and everybody who reads this post to make plans in future to visit the beautiful forest which is situated right in the Center of Country.
The nearest airport is Nagpur and then its hardly 2 hours drive or 70 kms from there .
The best place to stay are plenty. But my favorite would be Tuli Property right in the Buffer Zone of the forest . The major justification would be food which is non-spicy and mild and yet delicious considering the long safari timings which requires you to eat light.The property has both cottages and tents. However, I like the aesthetics of cottages better. They do have a spa which I have not tried. Hence, I cannot comment on it.
Evenings can be spent over the ping-pong table or pool table before you have an early dinner and retire to bed as you have an early morning Safari to catch.
The other reason to stay there would be the Courteous Staff of Tuli Properties @ Pench extremely. A smart man with a warm personality.
And last but not the least the well-informed and expert Naturalists Omveer Choudharypopular as Omi and Shiva Sharnagat popular as Doc who make sure your each visit to Pench becomes memorable so you return exhilarated each time and start making plans for the next.
While you can do your safari bookings here, make sure you plan it well in advance as it is a hot spot for many wildlife and jungle enthusiasts. Also, keep in mind that the forest remains closed between July to September every year due to the rains.
By Soma Pradhan