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Pench National Park in Popular Culture
  • The great Indian poet Kalidasa renders the most eloquent pen picture of the scenic splendor of Pench and the surrounding regions in its legendary epics; Shakuntalam and Meghadootam.
  • Ain-i-Akbari; the biography of the greatest Mughal Emperor Akbar, written by Abul Fazl delightfully describes the abundant natural riches of this territory.
  • The Pench Forest Reserve is adopted by the English Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling as the setting of his well-known collection of stories; ‘The Jungle Book’.
  • An avant-garde wildlife documentary produced in 3 parts, narrated by Sir David Attenborough and aired on BBC; ‘Tiger: Spy in the Jungle’ was shot in the Pench National Park. Elephants carrying the concealed cameras captured the story of four tiger cubs growing up in the forests of Pench and tracked their development from young cubs into adult hunters.
  • Numerous famous books like ‘Seonee - Camp life in Satpura Hills’, ‘Mammalia of India and Ceylon’ and ‘Denizens of the Jungle’ by Robert Armitage Strendale, ‘Highlands of Central India’ by Forsyth, ‘Wild Animals of Central India’ by Dunbar Brander, etc derive inspiration from the wildlife and topography of the Pench National Park.
The Core Zone of the Pench National Park is not inhabited by human population. The villages adjoining this Wildlife Reserve are colonized by the people of Gond tribes who by occupation are farmers or laborers. They revere the forest, its flora and fauna to a great extent and worship them like deities. They own domestic livestock of cows, buffaloes and goats. Sillari Village serves as the entry point to the Tiger Reserve of Pench. The villagers of Sillari undertake agriculture as their main profession and yield the crops like orange, paddy, tuwar, jwary, soybean, etc. The youngsters from the Sillari Village also work as the tourist guides.