|Pench Tiger Reserve||Located in Seoni and Chhindwara Districts of Madhya Pradesh|
|Kanha National Park||Located about 198 kilometers from the Pench National Park|
|Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary||Located in the Bhandara District approximately 155 kilometers away from the Pench National Park|
|Bandhavgarh National Park||Positioned in the Umaria District of the state of Madhya Pradesh|
|Navegaon Dam and National Park||Located about 174 kilometers away from the Pench National Park|
|Ramtek||Located about 35 kilometers away from the Pench National Park|
|Nagpur||Located 93 km from Pench National Park|
Pench Tiger Reserve
The Pench Tiger Reserve comprehending an all-embracing compass of 292.85 square kilometers and spread over the wooded terrains of the Seoni and Chhindwara Districts of Madhya Pradesh is the 19th Project Tiger Reserve of India where tigers; one of the most endangered species of Indian Subcontinent are conserved in the protected environments in their fenced natural habitat. This National Park derives its name from the appellation of the Pench River that flows through the sanctuary and divides it into two almost equal parts. For the administrative purposes the Pench Tiger Reserve is categorized into three Forest Ranges videlicet; Karmajhiri, Gumtara, and Kurai. Existing as the Pench Sanctuary since 1977 AD and notified as the 19th Tiger Reserve of India in the year 1992, the Pench Tiger Reserve presently shelters 25 tigers according to the Tiger Census of 2011. Opaquely enveloped in thick Tropical Deciduous Forest, both dry and moist, the Pench Tiger Reserve along with the Pench National Park provides a secured asylum to approximately 39 species of mammals, 285 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 50 species of fishes, 10 species of amphibians, 45 species of butterflies and 54 species of moths and other insects. The chief fauna of this Tiger Reserve includes tiger, leopard, jungle cat, civet, wolf, stripped hyena, jackal, sloth bear, sambar, nilgai, gaur, deer, langur, porcupine, bulbul, wagtails, blue kingfishers, mynas, waterfowls, racket-tailed drongo, grey-headed fishing eagle, crimson-breasted barbet, egret, herons, Malabar pied hornbill, Brahmini duck, vultures, magpie robin, lesser whistling teal, and many others. Tourists can enjoy the safari ride through the inner recesses of the Pench Tiger Reserve and get the fantastic opportunity to observe the daily proceedings of tigers and other wild animals from close quarters. The Pench Tiger Reserve was adopted by the English Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling as the setting of his well-known collection of stories; ‘The Jungle Book’.
Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park located about 198 kilometers from the Pench National Park is a wildlife conservation area of the state of Madhya Pradesh that constitutes a national park and a Tiger Reserve within its periphery. Covering the sylvan landscapes of the Mandla and Balaghat districts and spread over the wide-ranging area of 940 square kilometers the Kanha National Park together with its surrounding buffer zone and the neighboring Phen Sanctuary forms the largest National Park in the central India. Established on 1st June 1955 the Kanha National Park is mainly reckoned for its considerable population of Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopards, Barasingha, Sloth Bear and Indian Wild Dog. Apart from that, this Game Refuge also grants a protected haven to other wildlife including wild cat, fox, jackal, wolf, gaur, swamp deer, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, nilgai, hyena, civets, porcupine, pythons, cobra, vipers, snakes, turtles, etc. The National Park is opened for the public visits from 6:30 am to 12:00 noon and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It remains closed from 1st July to 15th October due to the excessive rains. The best season for visiting the Kanha National Park is February to June.
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary
The Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary of Maharashtra located in the Bhandara District approximately 155 kilometers away from the Pench National Park is a famous Nature Preserve that shelters around 34 species of mammals, 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles and 4 species of amphibians in its safeguarded environs. The most worth mentioning wildlife of the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary comprises of tiger, panther, wild dog, wild boar, sloth bear, sambar, bison, chital, nilgai, elephant, etc. The sanctuary presently shelters 10 tigers, 1 elephant and several panthers. The Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary can be visited between 1st October and 31st January from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and between 1st February and 15th June from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. It remains closed from 16th June to 30th September during monsoon. The best time to visit the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is April and May.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park acknowledged a National Park in the year 1968 is one of the most renowned wildlife sanctuaries of the country that is positioned in the Umaria District of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The reserve is supposed to have derived its name after the most conspicuous hillock of the terrain ‘Bandhavgarh’ where Lakshmana was appointed by Lord Rama to keep a constant surveillance over Lanka as per the prevalent legend. Rich in its biodiversity, the Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most densely populated tiger reserves of India. In 1951 AD, Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa had captured the first white tiger of this region which is now stuffed and put up on display in the palace museum of the Maharajas of Rewa. Apart from the yellow and white Bengal Tigers, other wild animals generally spotted in the Bandhavgarh National Park include leopards, gaur, bison, sambar, barking deer, nilgai, wolf, hyena, caracal, cheetal, and many others. Presently the Bandhavgarh National Park covers the total area of 446 square kilometers and it is managed and maintained by the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department.
Navegaon Dam and National Park
The Navegaon Dam and National Park located about 174 kilometers away from the Pench National Park is one of the most distinguished forest resorts of the Vidarbha region. The Navegaon Dam nestled in the midst of verdant green woods and breathtaking sceneries was constructed by Kolu Patel Kohli in early 18th century. Endowed with charismatic parks and gardens and adorned with a scintillating picturesque lake surrounded by seven peaks, the Navegaon Dam and National Park serves as a leading picnic destination and a weekend getaway in the proximity with the Mother Nature. A paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers, Navegaon comprises a deer park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, three mesmerizing gardens and a children’s park. Navegaon National Park, covering an extensive area of 135 square kilometers functions as the foremost attraction of this place. The park enriched with affluent flora, fauna and avifauna is proliferating with numerous deciduous trees such as teak, mahua, jamun, bhel, bhor, etc.
The worth mentioning fauna of the National Park includes tiger, panther, wild boar, bison, nilgai etc. Besides, Navegaon is also noted for its migratory and local birds of different species, including over 60% of all the bird species found in Maharashtra. Spotting kingfishers, scarlet minivets and many rare migratory birds flying around the forest is indeed a treat to the bird lovers and ornithologists. The period between June and October is the most ideal time for bird watching at Navegaon. Several watchtowers have been erected in the Navegaon National Park from where tourists can observe the movements of the wild animals in their natural habitat. Other attractions of the park include safaris, sail boating and tree top retreats. The National Park can be visited from 4:00 am to 7:00 pm and even though lodging is not available at Navegaon Dam, several Rest Houses are operated at Navegaon by the Forest Department and Zilla Parishad.
Ramtek located about 35 kilometers away from the Pench National Park is a municipal council of Nagpur District that serves as a home to a historic temple dedicated to Lord Ram. As the legend goes, Lord Ram had rested at this place for a while during his exile. It is believed that Sage Agastya and many other sages used to reside here in a hermitage and perform Yagnas and other religious rituals and Poojas. While the sages used to perform the religious rites, the demons used to disturb them by throwing flesh and bones in the Yagna and thus desecrate and violate their solemnities. Moreover, they also killed several sages. Lord Ram distressed and enraged on learning this, vowed to demolish the demons and save the sages of the hermitage from their brutality. The term Ramtek means ‘the place where Lord Ram had taken an oath (tek)’. The locals of Ramtek and the devotees of Lord Ram hold a belief that those who take any oath at Ramtek are blessed by Lord Ram for its fulfillment. The present day Lord Ram temple of Ramtek is assumed to have been erected during the governance of Maharaja Raghuji Bhonsale; the king of Nagpur after his conquest of the Deogarh Fort in Chhindwara. The Padukas (wooden foot wares) of Lord Ram enshrined in the temple are believed to have been worshipped at Ramtek over the centuries. Other than its association with Lord Ram, Ramtek is also related to the great Sanskrit poet Kalidasa who composed ‘Meghdootam’ in the hills of Ramtek. The Khindasi Lake located close by serves as one of the most popular landmarks and a thriving tourist attraction of Ramtek.
Nagpur, the ‘Orange City’ of India, the geographical midpoint of the country and the major commercial and political center of the Vidarbha region is a burgeoning metropolis in the state of Maharashtra that also serves as the winter capital of the state. Lately deemed as the cleanest and the second greenest city of the country, Nagpur also happens to be the third largest conurbation of Maharashtra State. Cradled on the Deccan Plateau and dotted with a number of natural and man-made lakes, Nagpur; approximately equidistant from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and New Delhi serves as India’s principal transport center where all the major highways of the country intersect. Furthermore, also exalted as the seat of the annual winter session of the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha and the nerve center of the Hindu Nationalist Organization ‘RSS’ and the Dalit Buddhist Movement, Nagpur is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and its illustrious history as well as its eminence as the industrial, educational, commercial and political spindle of the Maratha Region. It is said that the city Nagpur receives its name after the River ‘Nag’ that flows through the city in a serpentine trail. Nagpur, studded with several archaic monuments, wide verdant gardens and numerous religious sites is also a culturally alive civic that frequently hosts various handloom & handicrafts exhibitions, tribal dances & folk-art performances and celebrates the fiestas such as Kalidas Mahotsav, Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din, Ganesh Utsav, etc with unlimited pomp and zest.