Pench Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve of India and the first one to straddle across two states - Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Pench Mowgli Sanctuary and a buffer. The tiger reserve derived its name the River Pench. It was formed in November 1992 under the Project Tiger scheme and is the same forest area that was portrayed in the famous "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. The reserve houses one of the tigresses, Badi Mada or Barimada which is well known for giving birth to 29 cubs over 17 years. The ideal time to visit the place is during the months of October to February as the weather remains pleasant and the jungle looks lush.
The vegetation of the tiger reserve consists of species such as Madhuca Indica, Diospyros Melanoxylon, Terminalia Tomentosa, Buchanania Lanzan, Lagerstroemia Parviflora, Ougeinia Dalbergoides, Miliusa Velutina and Lannea Coromandalica, etc.
Mammals: Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, dhole, jungle cat, small Indian civet, Wolves, Striped hyena, sloth bear, golden jackal, common palm civet, Chital, sambar, gaur, nilgai, wild pig, Indian muntjac, chowsingha, hanuman langur, rhesus macaque, The Indian porcupine, mongoose, black-naped hare.
Birds: Peafowl, Crow Pheasant, Jungle fowl, Indian pitta, Red-vented bulbul, Spotted Dove, Laughing Doves, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Oriental Magpie Robin, Black Dongo, Asian Openbill, etc.
Reptiles: Around 13 species of reptiles are found here.
The ideal time to visit the place is during the months of October to February as the weather remains pleasant and the jungle looks lush.
Nearest Train Station: The nearest railway station is Seoni railway station.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport are Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur and Jabalpur Airport.
Road Accessibility : The reserve is well connected to nearby places in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.