Less visited than Kanha or Bandhavgarh, this excellent national park has the highest density of herbivores amongst all Indian reserves. The sun-dappled forest floor is alive with herds of spotted deer and small groups of Gaur. Majestic Sambar are common in clearings while Barking Deer (Muntjac) enjoy the thick forests. These ungulates help feed Pench’s hungry carnivores that include Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Jackals, Jungle Cats and the endangered Indian Wolf.
Location names from Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’ jump out from the map of Pench, the Vainganga River, forests of Seoni… here the Jungle Book comes literally alive.