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Pench National Park in Pench, Madhya Pradesh

Pench National Park is situated in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in India. It was declared as sanctuary in 1977 but gained importance in 1983 as National Park and established as Tiger Reserve in 1992. The park is famous for rafting. The Park get its name from the Pench River that flows through the park from north to south dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves, the well forested areas of Seoni and Chhindwara districts respectively. Pench National Park comprises 758 square km, out of which 299 square km forms a core, the Pench National Park core area and Mowgli Pench Sanctuary. The remaining 464 square km form the buffer zone.

Pench Tiger Reserve has been described in Ain-i-Akbari, and is the setting of Rudyard Kipling's famous The Jungle Book. In 2011, the park won the "Best Management Award". Wildlife Sanctuary of park includes Bengal Tigers, chital, sambhar, nilgai, wild pig, jackal etc. According to report park has 40 tigers in the park, 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians and more than 210 bird species including several migratory ones. The forest cover in the park area includes teak mixed with other species like saja, bijiayasal, lendia, haldu, dhaora, salai, aonla, amaltas.

The park is open to visitors between 6 am and 10:30 am and between 3 pm and 6 pm. The park remains closed during July, August and September. Park can be accessed by road and railway. The nearest airport & railway station is Nagpur Airport and closest city is Seoni. This park is accessible from Pauni on National Highway 7 and has two famous entry gates, Turiya and Karmajhiri.

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