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.
HOTELS AND RESORTS IN PENCH NATIONAL PARK:
LUXURY (INR 5000/night and above):
Vannraj by Ayana
Pench Jungle Camp
Baaz jungle resort
Baghvan Pench National Park – A Taj Sajari Lodge
Regenta Resort Aranyaani
Tuli Tiger Corridor
Nakshatra jungle resort and spa
Mrignayani Resort Pench
MID-RANGE (INR 3000/night & above):
BUDGET ( <INR 3000/ night):
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.
If you are staying at Mowgli’s Den (our partner hotel), please contact Samuel at 9893015679 and he can arrange a cab for you.
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).
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: 6:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Sunset: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tiger Safari Bookings:
- 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
- Ask your hotel to assist with this process. Some of the luxury hotels include the jeep safari in their accommodation packages.