Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park and
the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary. The territory of the park is flattering
with mainly gentle slopes criss-crossed by streams and nullahs.
Most of these watercourses are seasonal. Many of the hills are flat-topped
and allow fine vistas of the forests around. The best known of these
is 'Kalapahar' with an altitude of 650 Mts. A number of water pools,
locally known as 'dohs' are found, which serve as waterholes for
wild animals. A few perennial springs also exist. Recently a number
of earthen ponds and shallow wells have been developed leading to
well-distributed sources of water all around the reserve. The name
of Pench National Park was changed to "Indira Priyadarshini
Pench National Park" in November 2002 Similarly the name of
Pench Sanctuary has been changed to "Mowgli Pench Sanctuary".
The Park is situated in the Seoni District of Southern
Madhya Pradesh and runs in continuation with Pench National Park
in Maharashtra. The Park nestles in the Southern slopes of the Satpura
ranges of Central India. The river Pench, which splits the National
Park into two, forms the lifeline of the Park. It is situated 82
Kms. (2 hours of drive) and is well connected by an all weather
metalloid road network to other important places in Madhya Pradesh
The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious
history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs
in Ain-i-Akbari. Several natural history books like R. A. Strendale's
'Seonee - Camp life in Satpura Hills, Forsyth's - 'Highlands of
Central India' and Dunbar Brander's 'Wild Animals of Central India'
explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature's abundance in
this tract. Strendale's semi-autobiographical 'Seonee' was the inspiration
behind Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.
General Information & Accomdation info on Pench city of Madhya
Pradesh - India