Pench National was declared a National Park in 1983 and in 1992, it got the recognition of a tiger reserve. Pench National Park is indeed a land of delightful splendour. Myriad flora and fauna inhabit these stunning jungles includes, Tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears, several varieties of deer, antelopes, wild dogs, gaurs and wolves. Pench is an idyllic land for bird watching, boasting over 210 species of birds.
October to March offers the best weather with sunny days, cold nights, and very few days of rain to visit Pench National Park. April to June gets hot but is excellent for sightings in the park. The core zone is closed from July to Sept but the buffer zone is open all year round at Pench National Park.
Besides the very popular tiger safari expedition in Pench National Park, one can explore Rukhad Buffer by cycle and also opt for camping out in the buffer zones. Pench Tree Lodge also offers a green non-vehicular experience at its Kipling Hide, India's first luxury wildlife photography hide.
Nagpur, which is approximately at a distance of 130kms, is the closest airport. Jabalpur airport, approximately 210kms from Pench is another option to reach Pench National Park. However, Nagpur is an international airport and has more flight connectivity than Jabalpur.
Pench Tiger Reserve is spread across 1,180sq km, including a buffer zone of 768sq km with three popular core gates- Turia Gate, Karmajhiri Gate, and Jamatra Gate which offers access to the same part of the park. Buffer zones include Teliya Buffer, Khawasa, Buffer, Kumbhpani - Tekadi Buffer, and Rukad Buffer.