Pench Tiger Reserve : Introduced Cycle Safaris
The Pench Tiger Reserve recently introduced cycle safaris, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of nature on wheels.
- Pench Tiger Reserve located in the southern reaches of the Satpura hills in the Seoni and Chhindwara districts in Madhya Pradesh and continues in Nagpur district in Maharashtra as a separate Sanctuary.
- It is named after the Pench River, which flows from north to south through the Reserve.
- It comprises of the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Pench Mowgli Sanctuary and a buffer.
- The area of the Pench Tiger Reserve and the surrounding area is the real story area of Rudyard Kipling’s famous “The Jungle Book”.
- It is undulating, with most of the area covered by small hills and steep slopes on the sides.
- The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from a moist, sheltered valley to an open, dry-deciduous forest.
- The reserve boasts a diverse range of flora, including teak, saag, mahua, and various grasses and shrubs.
- The area is especially famous for large herds of Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur (Indian Bison) and wild boar.
- The key predator is the tiger, followed by leopard, wild dogs and wolf.
- There are over 325 species of resident and migratory birds, including the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, White Eyed Buzzard, etc.