The Pench National Park is located in the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh – and the main entrance is a short 2 hour drive away from Nagpur.
Seeonee is, of course, familiar to anyone who has read Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The book was set in the jungles of Central India and the precocious man-cub Mowgli – “stranger to man, friend of animals, brother of the wolves” – was raised by the Wolf Pack of these same Seeonee Hills. So the Pench Tiger Reserve is the fictional home of Mowgli and his friends. You can read more about Pench’s Jungle Book connection here.
The Pench 2019 run t-shirt was inspired by The Jungle Book’s characters – Mowgli the man-cub, Baloo the bear, Akela the wolf and of course, Sher Khan the tiger. All these characters have been illustrated in the Gond style – a form of tribal and folk art practised by the Gond people who are found predominantly in Madhya Pradesh.
Get yours when you sign up to run at Go Heritage Run – Pench this March.