Journey to the Mowgli’s Home - Pench National Park

Journey to the Mowgli’s Home - Pench National Park

August 11, 2017

I always had a thought that Nagpur was only for oranges and water coolers. But a two and half journey from Nagpur, you enter where the world famous wolf child, Mowgli hailed from. Rudyard Kipling made this place world famous with his ‘Jungle Book’ and it continues to be on the world map because of its most beautiful jungle.

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The forests of Pench, exhibit tremendous diversity in terms of floral elements. The tropical dry deciduous forests boasts more than 1200 species including several endangered and eqhno-biologically important ones. There are patches of bamboos intermixed with forest and grassland, making this a perfect land for the wild animals.

Including the tiger and the leopard which are on the top of the food chain, there are about thirty nine species of mammals found here. The mega mammals are Gaur, Sambhar, Spotted deers, Nilgai, Barking deer, Indian Gazelle, Sloth bear, wild dogs, langurs, rhesus macaques etc.

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Including the tiger and the leopard which are on the top of the food chain, there are about thirty nine species of mammals found here. The mega mammals are Gaur, Sambhar, Spotted deers, Nilgai, Barking deer, Indian Gazelle, Sloth bear, wild dogs, langurs, rhesus macaques etc.

Pench is actually shared by two states, Maharastra and Madya Pradesh. Both the sides teem with wildlife. May because they do not differentiate as us!! Tourism has increased since BBC released the film “Spy in The jungle” in 2008, a documentary narrated by Sir Davis Attenborough, that has beautifully captured behavior of the Tigers. Walt Disney Production ‘The Jungle Book” animation film was first to introduce Pench to the World.

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From the luxury to the budget resorts, there are plenty at Pench. This gives everyone an opportunity to explore the jungle without pinching their pockets. My experience in this forests has been very interesting. Monu Dubey is other person who arranges all our trips. He like Ravi of Bandhavgarh, is extremely passionate about wildlife and his love to nature is second to none.

When my guest called me late one night, saying that there are no rooms on his name, i got shocked. I spoke to the person at the reception and he claimed that he is the owner of the place and obviously he was very rude over the phone. I had to explain to him about the group travel and the guest was one among our group. Finally he agreed and they spent the night there.

Next after noon when we arrived, the rooms wren’t ready and the guests who checked with difficulty came to me and informed that even tea wasn’t provided in the morning.

The owner, was around but did not have the courtesy to even welcome us. It hardly took five minutes for me to decide and change the resort. It cost me money but my customers were super delighted. One needs to be very careful in choosing the right resort. As we are experienced , we could take the last minute call. With the happy guests we entered the forest. And as the saying goes, ‘happy customers, bring the happy tigers out’, we had our first sighting of the tour. A huge male who was on his rounds. The deers were running for their life as he started his patrol.

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I was using the SONY alpha 99 m2 for the first time and it proved a very worthy one. After sighting this male, we all headed to a water hole which was ruled by a tigress. Her name is ‘Collar Wali’. This is because she was collared by the forest officials to track her territory. Like the ‘ Machli ‘ of Ranthambore, this tigress is very famous in Pench. She has littered the maximum number of times and had produced more than twenty cubs. She with her experience has also brought them up very successfully. During this visit of us, she had very young cubs. As Monu mentioned she was on time!!! She drank a lot of water and settled down in water to cool herself. Her cubs weren’t with her. Probably she might of hidden them in the bushes.

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Pench is not only known for its Tigers, but also for its high density of leopards. While i was enjoying the famous lady drinking water, my guests had decided to explore the other parts of the jungle. And you know what they got?? Two young leopards up on the rock. Pic credit Pranav Vijayan.

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I had taken six kids on this trip and they were on top of the world after learning how to take pictures from our Mentor, Mr. Dinesh Kumble and very happy with the number of cat sighting they had. The fun trip sadly had to come to and end, as we had to return home!! But Pench, like,Bandahvagrh is another extraordinary park and a must visit for any nature lover. This is one reason why we as a company do trip to this park twice a year. Want to visit the land where Mowgli lived?? click on https://travelunbounded.com/collections/wildlife-mentored/products/pench-8th-11th-november-2018

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By : chandrashekar k www.travelunbounded.com

 

 



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