We decided on a short forest getaway this time, in dire need of some tranquil R&R away from the city hustle-bustle. Pench National Park (Turia gate) is located in Madhya Pradesh, just a short 2.5-hour drive from the Nagpur International Airport.
Traveling to Pench generally revolves around wildlife safaris with an emphasis on tiger sightings- but let me tell you that it’s magnitudes more- It’s a melange of colours, aromas, and emotions that come in fleeting moments to create heartwarming and elevating memories. And it’s safe to say that it was one of the most excitingly-calming (if that’s even a thing) experiences of our lives.
Right from the fabulous places we chose to stay at and the hearty meals we ate, to the resplendent forest excursions making us conscious to the million elements that come together to make the jungle alive- Pench National Park was a dream we lived, unlike any other.
We went for 3 wildlife safaris in the 5 days (4 nights and 5 days) that we spent here. Having entered from the “Turia gate” of Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni District for all our safaris, we were lucky enough explore all 3 routes that the gate had access to. Each safari was unlike the previous- a different landscape, diverse wildlife, seriously amazing people (naturalists and drivers), and not to forget the plethora of winged beauties flying across with their melodies (literal heaven for birders)- our time there was too short.
Our first two nights were spent at “Pench Jungle Camp”, followed by 2 nights at “Baghvan by Taj Safaris” – both delightfully rustic resorts that were located right in the buffer zone of the Pench Forest in Madhya Pradesh.
Both the resorts had made sure that the natural forest around their development remained intact, adding to our serene adventures. From waking up to alarm calls by “Chitals and Langurs” to shining a torch on intricately woven webs of the “Giant wood Spider” while walking back after dinner- it was these two resorts and the experiences they gave us that made sure we fell in love with the jungle.
We now know what inspired Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book” and boy, are we in love.
This was the first of many jungle stories for us. Pench National Park has opened up a gateway to new adventures and we’re so hungry for more.
The video is a tiny snippet of what our experience at Pench National Park, India-
** Check back here in a couple of days for a detailed itinerary of our getaway at Pench National Park.