Pench National Park: October 19-21, 2018 (3 Days)

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Highlights

  • A personalized group, not exceeding 8 adults
  • A charming, comfortable stay in the wilderness (Twin-sharing in air-conditioned rooms)
  • A professional naturalist who will be your host for the experience
  • A video highlight reel of your entire experience
  • High quality roof prism binoculars for each guest to view wildlife up close
  • 5 safaris in the Pench Tiger Reserve with 4 guests in each jeep for comfort
  • A) Single:  INR 28,500 per person
    B) Couple: INR 27,000 per person
    C) 4 or more: INR 25,000 per person
    (Ex Nagpur airport/station)

The Stay

Pench

Our stay has been organised at the gorgeously set Pench Jungle Camp. Nestled among 12 acres of lush foliage, sprawling lawns, and untouched landscape, it is a perfect getaway for nature lovers!

It is aptly named as a Jungle Camp….  providing an unqualified jungle experience!  There is plenty of birdlife and forest around, with small villages in its vicinity. The camp common areas comprise of a lounge with a good collections of books and periodicals, a swimming pool, a health spa, and a well-equipped conference hall. More information on the hotel website and Tripadvisor page.

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The Plan

Day 1 (October 19):

Arrival at your transit point (Nagpur) and transfer to the hotel where you can enjoy the wilderness at leisure. A short orientation to the Pench National Park will be provided. In the evening, we head for our first safari to the tiger reserve. Our skippers will be on hand to assist you with any queries as regards photography & natural history. We get together for dinner and retire for the night.

Day 2 (October 20):

We rise just before dawn to get ready for our first morning safari in the Pench Tiger Reserve. A short session with tea and light snacks, where our skippers will help you with any last-minute preparations before we depart for the safari, carrying along a packed breakfast. Return to the hotel post safari for lunch and some rest. We shall then depart for the evening safari. On our return to the hotel, we share our experiences of watching some of the amazing wildlife we would have witnessed over high tea. We have an opportunity. Our skippers would once again be on hand to assist with any queries. We get together once again during dinner and retire for the night.

Day 3 (October 21):

Same as Day 2. We return from our explorations, remembering the fond memories created, and once you’re all packed and ready, arrange for your transfer back to the transit point (Nagpur) till our next wild wandering. You can also choose to stay the night at a nominal cost to avoid hectic travel and depart the next morning.

On any of the days, there is an option to undertake a night safari based on the group’s interest at an additional cost. Cost will be subject to number of interested members and does not have to be pre-booked, and can arranged during the tour itself.

(Guests can choose to stay the night at Pench at an additional cost of INR 1250 per person (payable at property) on October 21 and depart on October 22nd morning OR depart for a late night flight/train on October 21st (if you intend to book departure on October 21, please book flight/train departures post 9:15 PM/21:15 hours only, else you may not make it for the flight/train in time or will have to miss your evening safari)

The Place

Pench National Park is in the Chhindwara and Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh (India). The name is derived from the Pench River, which flows through the National Park. The river flows from north to south and divides the park into equal eastern and western halves-the well wooded areas of both districts. Pench National Park has a splendid history. The depiction of its magnificence and natural wealth occurs in Ain-i-Akbari (Constitution of Akbar), which was a 16th century document written by Abu’l-Fazl ibn Mubarak (the Emperor Akbar’s vizier). With references to nearby Rookhad and the district, Seonee in the book, it is believed that it was the Pench National Park that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the popular novel, ‘The Jungle Book’. The recent BBC documentary ‘Spy in the Jungle’ was also filmed in Pench National Park, which was based on the lives of four tigers, as they grew up in the wilds of Pench.

Pench National Park was established as a sanctuary in 1977, but in 1983, it elicited to the status of National Park. Later in the year 1992, it was recognized as PenchTiger Reserve, which covers 758 sq. km of area and the Pench National Park form the centre zone of the Reserve that covers 292.85 sq. km, and the Mowgli Pench Wildlife Sanctuary covers 118.30 sq. km of areas. A Buffer Zone formed by Reserve Forests, Revenue land and Protected Forests occupies 346.73 sq. km. There are two famous gates for tourist entry, which is named as Turiya and Karmajhiri.

The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance that include Neem, Saja, Teak, Bija, Palash and Shrubs.

The area has always been rich in wildlife. It is dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches. The high habitat heterogeneity favours high population of Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambar deer, Wild Boar, predators such as the Dhole (Wild Dog), Leopard and of course, the Tiger, currently estimated at around 90 individuals, a growth of over 40% in the last few years. Not only mammals, its home to around 250 species of birds both migratory and residents including Grey-headed fish eagle, ultramarine flycatcher, pied kingfisher, long-tailed minivet, crested serpent eagle and Indian eagle-owl, Peafowl, Crow Pheasant, Junglefowl, Red-vented Bulbul, Crimson-breasted Barbet, Magpie Robin, Lesser Whistling Teal, Racket-tailed Drongo, Egret, Pintail, Shoveler, Munias, Barbets, Minivets Orioles, Waterfowls, Wagtails, Mynas, Indian Pitta, Osprey, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Blue Kingfishers, Herons to name a few.  Four species of the now endangered vultures, White-rumped, Long-billed, Indian and King Vulture can be seen in good numbers in the Reserve.

Pench National Park is very rich in fauna and it’s an abode to a large number of endangered species. The most dominant predator is Tiger. Other predators include the Dhole (Indian Wild Dog), Leopard, Hyena, Wolf, Jackal and Jungle Cat. Some prey species observed in the park are Sambhar, Chital, Gaur, Indian Muntjac, Langur, Wild Boar, and Rhesus Macaques.

In winter thousands of migratory waterfowl including the Brahminy Shelduck, Common Pochards, Bar-headed Geese, and Eurasian Coots visit the tanks and the Pench reservoir within the Park.

The Package

INR 28,500/- per person

A maximum of 8 adults will be accommodated on this expedition.

Inclusions:

  1. 3 days’ stay on double occupancy in air-conditioned rooms at the Pench Jungle Camp inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner
  2. 5 safaris with 4 guests and your accompanying skipper in each vehicle for comfort, apart from the mandatory forest guide and driver (should two couples wish to travel together on safari, the same can be accommodated)
  3. All park & safari fees (except camera fees where applicable) (please note optional night safari is at an additional cost)
  4. Skipper mentorship fees
  5. Complimentary roof prism binoculars for the duration of the expedition.
  6. Transfers ex-Nagpur by air-conditioned cars
  7. A 4-5 minute highlight reel of the expedition
  8. All associated taxes based on the costs above

Exclusions:

  1. Airfare/Rail fare to transit point
  2. Any additional services or meals requested at the property
  3. Beverages not included as part of meals as well as bottled water
  4. Tips/gratuities to hotel or safari personnel
  5. Any other fees or costs not mentioned in the inclusions

For payment terms & other enquiries, please contact us

The Experience
  1. Wilderness Exploration: This expedition is not recommended if the intention of your travel is to purely kick back and relax. While relaxing in the lap of nature will be part of the experience, the majority of our day will spent exploring the wilderness. Sighting wildlife can never be predicted, however the more time you spend exploring the wilderness, the better the chances are you will be witness to amazing natural spectacles.
  1. The Best of Guidance: Our accompanying skippers include some of the most well-renowned naturalists of India, having accomplished a level of expertise in their domains where they now inspire others to follow in their footsteps. With their in-depth knowledge of the wilderness and its denizens, we are sure as they reveal the hidden treasures of the wild, you will experience nature like never before.
  1. Personalized Experience: With a maximum group size of eight and a ratio of naturalist to guest of 1:4 during this expedition, we wish to provide a customized and intimate nature interpretation experience. In addition, we provide complimentary roof prism binoculars on our expedition to enhance your viewing experience when we encounter the wonders of the wild.
  1. Stay: Our chosen place of stay would be one that allows you to truly experience the wilderness and natural environment with the additional benefits of providing all modern amenities, comforts and a professional service level.
  1. Memories: We will be documenting the expedition on video, capturing not only those amazing moments of rare and endangered wildlife we see, but also of you watching them, together with all other fun-filled memories. We will be providing a short highlight movie (ranging from 3-5 minutes) within 2 weeks of return from the expedition to reminisce with your family & friends at leisure.
  1. A Responsible Outlook: It will be our effort to minimize the impact of our time spent in the wilderness on the natural environment by making responsible and sustainable choices wherever possible and try to leave the wilderness as it was, if not in a better condition.
Gallery

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Your Skipper
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Shashank Birla is a naturalist & photojournalist. Passionate about wildlife since childhood, he is happiest tramping of into the wilderness whenever the opportunity arises. His formal background has been in the management and business domain having worked with companies such as Jumbo Electronics, Sanctuary Asia and the Seascope Group. Wishing to make a career in his field of passion, he has undertaken several short-term courses with organizations such as The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), United For Nature (A joint initiative by WWF, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy and several organizations) and the iNaturewatch Foundation to improve his understanding of natural history & conservation by first participating, and then undertaking coordination and leadership roles in biodiversity survey programmes, conservation initiatives & events. Some of his past works have been featured in publications such as National Geographic Traveller India, Nature in Focus, Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, and Hornbill among others, and he continues to contribute to many of the above. He is also the founder of Wilderlust, an initiative he hopes will bring people closer to nature and forge a lifelong connection with it.

FAQs

What do I need to be pack for?

We advise light winter clothing for this time of year though you can carry a jacket as well, as evenings and early mornings will be cool. We also suggest avoiding bright colored clothing especially if you plan to explore on foot. You may also carry caps/hats, sunglasses, scarf, comfortable walking shoes with socks, insect repellant (recommended to be used sparingly and only if needed), lip balm, and a flashlight/torch. You may also carry a dust mask if you are allergic. Please also carry along a first aid kit and prescription medication.

Do you provide guidance for photography?

While photography is not the primary focus of our expedition, we recognize that rarely anyone travels to the wilderness without a camera in one form or the other. We will do our best to provide you opportunities for photography as well, however please keep in mind the focus remains experiential so if you are travelling to photograph a particular subject, this may not be the trip for you.

How many people will be with me in a safari jeep?

To provide comfortable seating during the safari, you would be in the company of three guests and your expedition skipper which ensures a comfortable seating of four in the safari jeep. The jeep driver and mandatory forest guide would be seated in front in separate seats.

Is there a more budget-friendly option?

Yes, trips to the wilderness can be far more budget-friendly than this, you can choose to join tours more friendly on the pocket or plan to travel on your own, which we will be happy to help you with. However, the experience we wish to provide on this expedition goes far beyond a regular trip, and it is our belief you will find as much value, if not more in such an expedition.

How are your tours different?

Please find the full details of the same here

This will be my first trip to the wilderness? Is this recommended?

Absolutely! The objective of this expedition is make you experience the magic of the wild, and we will be always be thrilled to share this with someone who will be visiting the wilderness for the first time. Our trips are designed to introduce you to the wild in a comfortable environment, in an unhurried manner, which we truly believe is the way to be one with nature.

How will I reach the destination?

Pench is best accessed from Nagpur. You may choose to travel by air or by rail. Given the destination of our stay, it will be a comfortable 2.5 hour journey by road (88 km). The first day of our expedition has been planned to ensure you will have time to rest after your journey.

Is it safe to go?

Yes, visiting tiger reserves is quite safe. Many of our country’s popular tiger reserves see lakhs of visitors every year and numbers are growing every year and instances of travellers or tourists facing any threat from wildlife are extremely rare. However, especially when exploring a wilderness on foot, we should take necessary precautions as this is the wild. Our skippers are always on hand to guide you for the same, and we believe there should be no hindrance to you enjoying your time in the wilderness.

Can I get my children along?

While we believe the sooner children are introduced to the wilderness the better, a 4-hour long safari can provide challenging for a young child’s comfort. Therefore as a policy, we believe it is best that children younger than 10 years old not be part of the expedition. We do realize that some children adapt to safaris much quicker, and if a child is comfortable and used to taking safaris, we can look at exceptions but we believe such a policy is in the interest of comfort for all as well as the welfare of wildlife.

Can you arrange for a camera as well along with the binoculars?

We do not currently offer camera equipment rental but would happy to assist you and put you in touch with third-party providers who can seek to provide you with the camera equipment of your choosing.

For more details, please contact +91 976-9005751