Pench National park conserves a rich teak forest which inspired Rudyard Kipling when he wrote 'The Jungle Book'. It is a less well-known park in the lower reaches of the Satpuda hills, named after the Pench river which meanders through the park from north to south. It provides a beautiful landscape in which to experience wild Indian jungle, with an array of natural flora and fauna, large and small.
One of Central India’s lesser known reserves, Pench National Park is dominated by hills, forests and valleys,and the Pench River, which meanders its way through the entire stretch of the 757 km² park. The river runs from north to south, dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves – the well forested areas of Chhindwara and Seoni districts respectively. Kala Pahar, the park’s highest hill, reaches 650 m above sea level.
A typical Central Indian teak jungle, Pench supports a rich variety of wildlife, including the tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur, sambar, chital and brilliant birdlife. The Park’s open habitat not only lends well to wildlife viewing, but it also offers striking views of the area’s sheer beauty.