Enjoy your last morning of exploration in Kanha National Park, you will be driven approximately 4 hours to Pench National Park, the famous setting of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.
A spectacular natural reserve set among typical Central Indian teak jungle, Pench offers a quiet and secluded game viewing experience. Taking its name from the meandering Pench River which intersects the park, the reserve sprawls over a breath taking landscape of hills, forests and valleys. Coupled with the feeling of having the entire forest to you, the gentle, undulating scenery of the Satpura Hills creates an unforgettable jungle experience.
The mosaic of vegetation, from lush valleys to dry, deciduous forests creates a range of habitats for the exotic wildlife encountered in Kipling’s classic. Flat hilltops known as dadars appear among grassy expanses and riverine forests. A typical Central Indian Teak forest, Pench supports a rich variety of wildlife, including the tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur, and sambar, chital and more.
On arrival in Pench, you will be warmly welcomed at Baghvan Jungle Lodge, which will be your home for the next three nights. Inspired by the bungalows used by British officials in Kipling’s time, the guest suites at Baghvan boast open rooftop platforms known as machans and large wooden decks that overlook the dry river bed. Rich birdlife flits through the trees overhanging your machan and monkeys chatter excitedly in the dense foliage. The sandy bed of the dry nullah provides a clear path through the dense jungle for the forest’s inhabitants and guests needn’t be surprised to find a sambar deer on their doorstep in the morning.
Enjoy the night air like Mowgli with a bed set up on your rooftop machan or shower in the open air in the courtyard of your suite. Taste a Palaeolithic menu based on proteins and vegetables like Mowgli the wolf-boy or sample the carefully re-created Anglo-Indian recipes that Rudyard Kipling would have enjoyed with the lodge’s ‘burra sahib” menu.
Explore the beautiful Pench National Park in search of the animals that inspired the Jungle Book and visit Alikatta, a spot within the park that is mentioned in the book. Venture out to the nearby potters’ village, where you can learn some of the skills that Mowgli used to such good effect, such as throwing a boomerang or practicing with a bow and arrow.
Accommodation is in a cottage with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on full board basis, including scheduled game drive in shared 4×4 vehicles.