Land of ‘The Jungle Book’
The Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighbourhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s most famous work, The Jungle Book. The terrain of the park is undulating with mainly gentle slopes criss-crossed by seasonal streams and nullahs. The Pench river, flowing through the centre of the Reserve, is dry by April but a number of water pools, locally known as ‘dohs’, are found, which serve as waterholes for wild animals.
Its close proximity to Nagpur, just 90 km on NH7, gives it an advantage in terms of logistics and services. The wildlife population, especially that of the tiger, has grown encouragingly.
The undulating topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1,200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance. It is dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches.