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The Riverwood Forest Retreats Pench

Overview Culture and Zones

The Pench National Park touches the velvety reaches of AVSM (Aravali, vindyachal, Satpura, & Maikal hills, a most ancient and beguiling portion of the central Indian mountain ranges. These forests cover around 757 sq. km and are a mix of tropical moist deciduous forest mixed with tropical dry deciduous teak bearing forests and dry mixed deciduous forest encompassing the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh's tropical moist and dry deciduous types.

Pench National Park - it conjures up images of Mowgli, Bagheera and the "bear necessities". Immortalised by Rudyard Kipling in The Jungle Book, it is still sometimes unfairly given the step-sibling treatment next to Bandhavgarh. When, in fact, the Pench river meandering through its entire stretch, along with the open hilly terrain, teak forests and jungle streams form a heart-stoppingly beautiful landscape. A landscape that supports vibrant and diverse flora and fauna.

Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and a buffer. The Park nestles in the Southern slopes of the Satpura ranges of Central India. The river Pench, which splits the National Park into two, forms the lifeline of the Park. The river which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park, It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh also gives its name to the park

The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Several natural history books like R. A. Strendale's 'Seonee - Camp life in Satpura Hills,' Forsyth's 'Highlands of Central India' and Dunbar Brander's 'Wild Animals of Central India' explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature's abundance in this tract. Strendale's semi-autobiographical 'Seonee' was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

Other Local Attractions

Situated at a distance of just 18 km from Pench' s Turia gate, is the tiny, spotless Pachdhar Village. Outside practically every home, potters sit at their wheels shaping glorious art from lumps of clay. Watch them work their fascinating craft, and take a piece of it home.

There are also a cluster of villages around the park where you can get a glimpse of the local culture and customs of the Gond tribe.

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