Pench National Park – Hotels and Travel

Taking a vacation at the Pench National Park? Here is how you can get there, where to stay and some recommendations on how to plan a tiger safari.

GETTING THERE:

There are multiple entry points to the core zone of the Pench National Park – the most popular ones on the Madhya Pradesh side are:

  • Turia Gate (next to the Pench National Park Museum on Google Maps).  Most of the hotels and resorts in the area are located near here. This is also the gate closest to Kipling’s Court, the start point for Go Heritage Run  – Pench  AND
  • Karmajhiri Gate about 30 kms further north.

By Road: Nagpur, Maharastra, the closest city is located 90km. and a two hour drive away. The road connecting Nagpur Cantonment and in the direction of Pench National Park is currently being 4-laned. Closer to the Pench National Park, bridges and underpasses are being built along NH 44 to allow for safe movement of wildlife under the highway.  These roads are best driven during the daytime unless you’re familiar with this section of the highway. Exit the highway at Khawasa to head into the Pench Tiger Reserve.

By Bus: From Nagpur, board any bus heading to Jabalpur or Seoni. Get off at Khawasa and then ask your hotel to pick you up. There are no autos or shared transport within the Park though many hotels can arrange jeeps or bicycles to help get around.

By Train: Nagpur is the nearest railhead. If you’re travelling in from Bangalore or Hyderabad, there are 5 trains that leave at all times of the day – the fastest is the Rajdhani Express (19 hrs from Bangalore). If you’re travelling in from Mumbai, there are multiple options with the Howrah Duronto being the fastest (10 hrs from Mumbai).

By Air:  Nagpur’s Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is well connected with daily flights from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi and the other major cities across India and a few in the U.A.E. On the off chance, you own or intend to charter a jet, consider using the private airfield near Seoni (40 kms from Pench National Park).

HOTELS AND RESORTS IN PENCH NATIONAL PARK:

There are about 10-15 resorts and hotels  in the vicinity of Pench National Park – and most are in the Economy (INR 1000-7000) and Luxury (INR 7000/night and above) price ranges.  All of these are within a 5km radius of Kipling’s Court, the start/finish point for Go Heritage Run  – Pench.

Economy: 

Kiplings Court – Location
Contact: +91-7695232830

Mowgli’s Den – Location
Contact: +91-8989890704 / pateljanit2219@gmail.com

Olive Resorts Location
Phone: 8888882262/65/67

Tiger Valley Resort  – Location
Phone: +919981800294

United 21 Jungle ResortLocation 
Contact: +917695297007

V Village ResortLocation
Contact: +919755725345

Luxury: 

Baghvan Taj Safari Lodge – Location
Contact: +91-7695232829

Pench Jungle CampLocation
Contact: +91-7695297016

Tathasthu ResortsLocation
Contact: +91-7695232838
Room Rates: INR 10,000+

Tiger N Woods Eco Resort  – Location
Contact: +919575100094

Tuli Tiger CorridorLocation
Contact: +91-7695232859

BOOKING A TIGER SAFARI:

A limited number of Gypsies are sent into the Pench National Park each day. Do consult your hotel to book a tiger safari – since these are especially in demand on weekends and holidays, do book at least two weeks in advance of your visit. If your hotel is near the Turia Gate, ensure your safari booking is near that gate.

Tiger Safari Timings:
Sunrise: 6.15 AM – 11AM
Sunset: 3PM – 6PM

Tiger Safari Bookings: 

  1. Create an account at MP Online, enter your contact information, and book a spot. You can apply for a permit for a 6-seater jeep (INR 1500) or a single seat on a jeep (INR 250).  This can be paid online. An additional charge for a vehicle and guide will apply and this can be paid when you arrive at the Tiger Reserve.  OR
  2. Ask your hotel to assist with this process. Some of the luxury hotels include the jeep safari in their accommodation packages.

NOTE: Go Heritage Runs is an award-winning fun run series. Run with us at Go Heritage Run – Pench (supported by Madhya Pradesh Tourism) on Apr 1st 2018!

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