Pench & Kanha Tiger Reserves
Kipling Country is that forest belt where Mowgli the Wolf Child frolicked with wild denizens the wolf pack and Baloo and Bagheera his constant companions.
Both the tiger reserves are Kipling Country for they were once contiguous belt of forests in the Satpura Range in Central India. Not anymore, the forests are badly fragmented but still retain their exotic charm and charismatic delightful panoramic grandeur of the hills and valleys.
They are both connected by road and can be toured in one package. The pristine glory of Seoni Hills as written by Kipling is a shining example of the beauty of the jungles and can be experienced during the tour.
Of the two Pench is drier formation with a composition of mixed forests, small grasslands, and bamboo. The other is wetter with the Sal forest dominating in most of the tracts. More antelopes like Nilgai can be seen at Pench core while in the other antelopes is seen more in the outskirts. Wolf is also present in both the tiger reserve but more frequently seen in Pench National Park.
In both the reserves, on tiger safaris memories of the Mowgli and the wild denizens so vividly described in the Jungle Book spring to life. The naked child is no more but his companions are very much present though in a smaller area.
The tiger reserves offer the best chance to see the big cat in the wild. Other enchanting creatures much sought after in excursions are the sloth bear, wild dog, leopard, and the bison. Birds abound and on the tours, you will make a good checklist with many discoveries.
Pench – Kanha – Tour – Package
Your arrival at Nagpur is beginning of a wildlife tour that we have organized. The package tour will lead you to a better understanding of Indian wildlife. We drive straight to Pench National Parkin Madhya Pradesh. After eighty km of a drive we will reach Khawasa and from here we will travel another ten km to reach the Turia Gate where our resort is situated. We will check-in and then have lunch. In the evening we will enter the park from Turia Gate for our first safari at Pench. This is a National Park as well as a tiger reserve. The evening game drive is an introduction to this ecosystem and we will see many wild animals and the amazing landscape nurtured by the Pench River.
The morning drive begins early at dawn. This is a good time to track the tiger. We will look for leads like an alarm call or a pug mark. Following the signs, we will see the tiger with some luck. Pench is a good place to see the tiger and the bison in the wild. If luck favors we will also see the elusive leopard or a sloth bear. All through the safari, we will keep a watch for the winged wonder that abounds in Pench. We have about four hours to find the big cats and this we will. In the evening game drive, we will continue to look for wild animals like the sambar deer, Nilgai and barking deer. We will also visit the Totlah Doh Dam for wetland birds and then return for the resort as sunsets.
Today we will go for an elephant safari in the park. This is part of the tiger safari and we will spend we amazing moments on the back of the elephant to see the tiger. Kipling wrote his book Jungle Book based on the forests of Seoni district in MP. The protected area is in a completely preserved state and our jungle safari here is a big success. The bison is most easily seen here along with the blue bull. Common animals in the park are the spotted deer, wild boar, and the Hanuman Langur.
In the early morning, we leave Pench for Kanha National Park. This a two hundred and fifty-six km drive and takes about four to five hours. We will reach Kanha with enough time for lunch and some rest. We will rest today evening and watch a wildlife movie before dinner. We will stay at the resort for three nights.
Kanha is land of the tiger and is home to the rare swamp deer in India. It is one of the finest National Park in Asia. We will take a two-game drive in the park enter Kanha Zone in the morning and Kisli Zone in the evening. The meadow at Kanha is a major attraction besides the Shravan Taal Lake. These are territories of a dominant male tiger and many tigresses. The meadow also harbors the swamp deer and we will see many herds of these wonderful deer species. Kisli range is also good or tiger safari with a slight variation in the terrain. From here we can cross over to the Bamni Dadar Hill in a quest for the tiger. The tabletop mountain is a good place to search for the leopard. In the evening we will return by the Kanha Ghat and try our luck to see more tigers in the bamboo forests.
We move around in an open jeep as per regulations. We have now begun familiar with the diversity of the park and move around the area of our choice. We have seen many animals and concentrate on bird watching as well. Hence we keep to moist regions with a dense canopy and are rewarded by sightings of many avian species. We then move down to Kanha Canteen where we will book our elephant safari and have lunch. After lunch, we move to the area where the elephant has located the tiger. The elephant safari is short but exciting. It is an experience most of the guests have never had earlier.
Our package tour has come to an end and we drive to Jabalpur for flight to New Delhi. The distance is 165 km and we reach in three and a half hours. We will check in the MP Tourism Hotel and then visit the famous Marble Rocks in Jabalpur. In the evening we return to our hotels for some fine dining and good sleep.
We take the morning flight to New Delhi and reach in little more than an hour. We rest for some time in a homestay and transfer you to the International Airport for the flight back home.