Pench National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve – The setting for Jungle Book

Pench National Park is a situated in Chhindwara & Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh, India.

A Tigress in Pench National ParkA Tigress in Pench National Park

The National park got its name from the Pench River , which flows through the middle of the park. In 1977 , the area was declared as a sanctuary. In 1983. it was declared as a National Park. In 1992, it became Pench tiger reserve under project Tiger, to save India’s National Animal, Royal Bengal Tigers. Thousands of spotted deer are found here in this Park.

The setting for “The Jungle Book” movie was this National Park. River rafting is a major sports activity in the park. Spread over an area of 758 square kilometers in the southern reaches of the Satpura Ranges, the park is rich in flora and fauna. There are 40 royal Bengal tigers in this park alone. 210 Bird species are found here. 39 mammals species, 13 reptiles species and 3 amphibians species are found here.

Jungle Safari is famous here. Sitaghat, a spot on the banks of River Pench offers you excellent view of rocks & artistic looking trees, which is to be seen in the morning or evening. Bodhanala range inside the National park is famous for Bird watching. Watch tower at Raiyakassa gives a good view of beautiful Pench river.

How Do I Go To Pench National Park?

Pench Turiya gate near Khawasa Border on NH 8 is the main try point to Pench National Park. Distance from Nagpur railway station to Pench Turiya gate is approximately 110 kilometers. Jabalpur is 200 kilometers away. Kanha National Park, Tadoba National Park and Satpura National Park are at 190, 300 and 340 kilometers distance respectively. Karmajhiri Gate is another entry gate to the National Park.

Nagpur airport is the nearest airport at 110 kilometers away. Jabalpur also has an airport at 200 kilometers away. The nearest railway stations are also at Nagar and Jabalpur receptively.

What are the Timings of Pench National Park?

November to May is the ideal season to visit the Park. During July to September. the park is closed. The park Gates are opened at 6 am and closed by 10:30 am and in the afternoon it again opens at 3 pm and closes by 6 pm.

Hotels Near Pench National Park

There are many hotels and resorts near the Pench Turiya Gate. Night stay is allowed to watch the beasts of the Jungle.

White Water River Rafting in Kali Tiger Reserve at Uttara Kannada

Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve is in Uttara Kannada district, Karataka state, India. Kali River flows through Kali Tiger reserve and hence got its name. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary was formed in 1956. Anshi National Park was formed in 1987, to the west of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Final notification of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park was made in 1998 and 2003 respectively. In 2007, both were combined to form Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve or Kali Tiger Reserve as it is popularly called.

Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve
Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve or Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

The park is rich in Flora and Fauna. Spread over an area of 1300 square kilometers, Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve is home to Royal Bangal Tigers, Indian elephants, black panthers, Golden cat, Leopard cat, Leopard, Black Panther, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Elephant, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Lories, Langoor, Indian Giant Squirrel, Pangolin, etc. There are a total of 270 bird species, out of which 19 endemic birds exists here.

Kali tiger reserve is a “Project Tiger reserve” in India, a project by Indian government to save Bangal tigers.

Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve is famous for bird watching, white water river rafting, trekking, nature camps and wilderness. White water rafting adventures are unique in India to Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.  It’s one of the cheap river rafts available anywhere in India.

Kavala Cave Kavaleshwar Temple is another attraction in the Tiger Reserve forests.

How Do I Go To Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary?

Kali Tiger Reserve, home to the Bengal tiger, is accessible from Dandeli town. Alnavar is the nearest railway station to Dandeli town at around 32 kilometers away. Londa, , Dharwar and Hubli are other major nearby railway stations to Kali Tiger Reserve.

Karwar city, the district headquarters, is at a distance of around 105 kilometers. Karwar railway station on the Konkan railway line is the nearest railway station. Hubli Airport is the nearest airport to Kali Project Tiger reserve, at around 78 kilometers away.

Tawang Hill Station and Tawang Monastery

Tawang Hill Station is situated Arunachal Pradesh state of India, at a height of around 10000 feet (3500 meters) above sea level. Tawang was captured by China in 1962 during the India-China war, later on China has withdrawn its troops from Tawang.

Birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama (Urgelling Gompa) in TawangBirthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama (Urgelling Gompa) in Tawang.

Tawang is home to Monpa Tribes, who are Mongoloid descents, believed to be immigrated from Bhutan and Tibet.

Tawang is known for its natural beauty. There are many hot water springs, waterfalls, lakes, etc, in Tawang. Tawang is famous for River rafting in Tawang-Chu and Namjang-Chu rivers. Tawang is also famous for other adventure activities like Paragliding, Rock-climbing, Skating, Winter sport activities, etc. Snowfall occurs during the months of December and January and ice skating is popular during that time.

At 17 kilometers distance from Tawang city, lies the beautiful Pankang Teng Tso Lake (PT Tso lake or PTso Lake). Best time to visit the Lake is from April to October, when it is summer. During winter the lake remains frozen. The lake and its surrounding areas are a wonderful place , with its gushing river waters, Himalayas, colorful birds, colorfull flowers, etc. Jong–nga-tseir Lake is another lake at 42 kilometers from Tawang city, which was formed in 1973 due to a flash flood. The bare trees (without leaves) are a wonderful place for a tourist and photographers.

Bab-Theng – Khang Watrerfall is a beautiful fall at around 80 kilometers distance form the town, on your way to the Famous ‘Gorzam Chorten Stupa’ (or Gorzam Stupa) in Zemithang. “Phong-Phongma waterfall ” or “Jang waterfall” or Nurongneng waterfall”, at Nyamseir, is another beautiful fall at around 40 kilometers from Tawang town.

“Gorzam Chorten Stupa” at Zemithang is at around 92 kilometers from the town of Tawang. This Stupa was constructed by Lama Prathar in 13th Century A.D and stands on a 186 feet base and is 93 feet in height and is modeled after the “Boudhinath stupa” of Nepal.

Sela Pass at 13,714 feet above sea level is a beautiful place on your way to Tawang. The Iron bridge over Tawang – chu river, built during 1420 -1430, is at around 25 kilometers from the town.

There is a war memorial, “Namgyal stupa”, at a distance of one kilo meter from the town, in memory of the 2420 martyrs of India-China war of 1962.

Tawang Monastery

Tawang is home to one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries, Tawang Monastery.  It is also known as “Galden Namgyal Lhatse”, founded by Mera Lama Lodre Gyasto in the 17th century, as per the wishes of his contemporary, the 5th Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso. Tawang Monastery has a gold painted statue of Gautam Buddha, having a height of 8 meters. Tawang Monastery is the biggest Buddhist monastery outside of Tibet. The current and 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, when attacked by Chinese military in 1959 March, escaped to India and stayed for a few days at Tawang Monastery, before going to Tezpur in 18th April 1959. Shortly in 1959, Dalmi Lama established the Central Tibetan Administration head-quarters at Mussoorie and later shifted it to Dharamsala in 1960.

The “Parkhang Hall” which houses a library has huge collection of rare hand-written and block-painted manuscripts of many revered books for the Buddhists. ‘Teaching of Lord Buddha’, a 108 gold-embossed manuscripts, is kept here. 225 volumes explaining the teachings of Gautham Buddha are also kept here. These volumes of Buddha’s teachings are specially covered with moth proof silk coverings with paintings. There is a Craft Center which produces colorful woolen carpets.

“Urqelling Monastery” is another Monastery in Tawang, where The only Indian Lama, The 6th Dalai Lama, Urgelling Gompa, was born.

How Do I Go to Tawang?

Guwahati in Assam is the nearest major town with rail, road and air connectivity with the rest of India. Guwahati city is at around 450 kilometers from Tawang town.

Bomdila is the nearest bus station to Tawang at around 180 kilometers distance. Tezpur airport alias Salonibari Airport with IATA code ‘TEZ’, in the state of Assam is the nearest airport to Tawang, which is connected to the “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport” (earlier known as “Dum Dum Airport “), Kolkata. “Rangapara Junction” in Assam is the nearest railway station to Tawang.

Entry permits to Tawang

Being a restricted area, tourists (Indians and Foreigners) are required to get Permits to go to Tawang, details of which are available here, at the official website of Tawang district. Indian citizens can apply for the Inner Line Permits online here .