Pench Tree Lodge

Pench Tree Lodge is a unique experience, set in one of the unexplored areas of the Pench National Park.Located in the picturesque village of Sarahiri, the lodge offers its guests proximity to the Karmajhiri gate. At the resort, guests have access to 16 hectares of private forest, to explore and observe the wildlife at close quarters.

Pench National Park is a wild playground harboring country's maximum density of prey animals, chased by estimated 65 Tigers. In 1983, it was declared a National Park and in 1992, a tiger reserve. Pench Tiger Reserve is spread across 1,180sq km, including a buffer zone of 768sq km. Pench National Park is situated under the Seoni and Chhindwara administrative districts of Madhya Pradesh and shares southern boundary with Maharashtra and hence is accessible from Maharashtra as well. There are three gates to the park, namely the Turia Gate, the Karmajhiri Gate and the Jamatra Gate.

It has an appealing landscape of dry and moist deciduous forest and Teak is the major tree of the region along with a mix of Saja, Mahua and Indian Ghost trees. The vegetation is of undulating scrublands as well as bamboo patches around hilly areas. The park has 39 recorded species of mammals, 210 species of migrant and resident birds and estimated 30 species of reptiles. The park is known for good sightings of Tiger, Wild Dogs, Jackals and many other mammals & birds.

Learn more about Pench in Sir Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book & Sir David Attenborough's wildlife series with BBC - Spy in the Jungle.

Accommodations include six spacious cottages on ground and six tree houses perched on top of the Mahua trees that are supported by stilts.

The six tree houses are perched on top of the Mahua trees and supported by stilts. Large French windows allow for an uninterrupted view of the deciduous forest and grassland and let you observe the multitude of birds, butterflies and the wild animals at the lodge. Each of the treehouses is at a significant distance from each other.

Guests have so far seen wild boars, civets, jungle cats, jackals and spotted deer as they sat sipping their morning tea or the evening sundowner on the private deck. Breaking away from the monotony of oft repeated safari lodgings, the treehouses have been designed with an eclectic mix of vintage and natural aesthetics.

Pench Tree Lodge offers a host of interesting activities to choose from:

Wildlife Tours 
There are several wildlife tours to choose from.  A typical wildlife tour covers two spectacular parks of central India Kanha & Pench, both unique & diverse. Pench is primarily a Teak forest also popular for Tiger & Wild Dogs. Pench is the forest which inspired Rudyard Kiplings - The Jungle Book. Kanha is famous for its lush green grasslands and towering Sal forest. Kanha is popular for Tigers, bird watching & is the last home of the only surviving population of Hard Ground Barasingha (Swamp Deer)

Nature Trails & Cycling 
As an avid birder or even a beginner, you will be delighted by the wide array of bird species found at the lodge and the surrounding fields and water holes.

Jeep safari 
An amazing way to experience nature and wildlife.

Night Trail 
Armed with torches, you may choose to do the in house nature trail through thickets, old forest and grasslands. Night trail is a unique experience in its own where you can spot the nocturnal wildlife such as Civets, Owls and more.

Organic Garden 
Pench Tree Lodge firmly believes in sustainable eco-tourism and one of the initiatives as part of the mission is maintaining an organic garden to encourage local, healthy produce. You can participate in the daily farming and gardening activities that happen in our small farm. Especially recommended for young guests.

Village Walks & Bazaars 
Enjoy a guided tour or a leisurely walk/bicycle ride by yourself to the local villages and weekly haats (bazaars). You can have your fill of indigenous crafts and products of the area and more likely than not, get invited to visit a villager's home to share a cup of tea. Pugdundee Safaris supports local schools and education initiatives as well as provides employment to local youth. We encourage giving back to the community we operate in and these walks are an excellent way for our guests to immerse in the local culture and experience rural India.

Breakfast by the Dam  
If you prefer to relax and miss the jeep safari, we can set up your breakfast overlooking the dam (when weather permits) and you can join the birds and animals at the watering hole for the first meal of the day.

By Air
The nearest airport is Nagpur which is approximately at a distance of 130kms and an alternative is to reach via Jabalpur airport which is approximately 210kms from Pench. Nagpur is an international airport and has more flight connectivity than Jabalpur.

By Railway
Nagpur is the nearest railway station at an approximate distance of 130kms with well connected railway facility. Jabalpur railway station is another option that is at an approximate distance of 210kms. Details can be checked and trains can be booked online through www.irctc.co.in and www.indianrail.gov.in. Lodge will be happy to book a vehicle for pick up and drop from the station or airport on prior information.

By Road
Pench Tiger Reserve is located on the Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway. You can go by road from Jabalpur or Nagpur and reach Pench in three to four hours. Another option is to go via Bhopal which is approximately 500 km from Pench or Kanha. Nearest bus stand to Pench is Khawasa or Seoni and hourly buses are available from Nagpur. Khawasa is 12 km from Pench and you can avail the pick and drop service organized by the resorts.

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