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LoneRanger

Weekend Trip to Pench National Park

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The Jungle Book By Rudyard Kipling - During my childhood , the only cartoon which used to come on DD is Junglebook. And the kids from early 90's late 80's would surely know the underwear clad Protagonist Mowgli. Some of us, like me, would also recollect the song "Jungle Jungle Baat chali hai , pata chala hai , chaddi pehenke phool kile hai" , Now you might be wondering why is this guy being nostalgic , well the story of Jungle book is set in Pench National Park. Hence the nostalgia. 

 

Planning to the weekend Trip To Pench

I stay in Hyderabad , and cannot complete the trip to Pench in a Weekend drive. But if you plan properly , you can complete the trip in a weekend. I did this trip with my parents, my dad being in his mid 60's is eager and enthusiastic for trips. 

  • Booked a train from Secundrabad to Nagpur on a friday night. 
  • Booked a Zoom car on Saturday Morning from Nagpur. 
  • Booked a room in one of the resorts from Saturday to Sunday. (One Day).
  • Booked Return Tickets on Sunday Night from Nagpur to Secundrabad. 
  • Reach Hyderabad on Monday morning , and go to office.

 

Actual Trip

We have booked tickets to Nagpur on Secundrabad-Nagpur SF express , the train leaves at 22:15 from Secundrabad station. The train reaches 8:15 AM sharp to Nagpur station. 

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(Nagpur Station)

 

We woke up at 7 in the train itself , and freshened up. When the train reached Nagpur , for our conveyance i borrowed my friend's car. Very generous of him to lend his car for my family trip. He left the car for us at the station back gate. For other's , there are multiple options of self drive cars are available. Choose the car according to your needs. 

 

Another thing i had to keep in mind with my elderly father is his food. He has to eat on time and take medicines accordingly. Hence we went to the nearest Haldiram's to have our breakfast. To my bad luck , this particular Haldiram's was serving all south indian breakfast that day. I wanted to try something with Pav. :( . 

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( Haldiram's where we had our breakfast)

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(Inside of haldiram's , where we had our breakfast)

 

After having breakfast, my friend left for his place, and decided that we would catch up again here , to return back the car the next day. It was 10:00 A.M by the time we started for Pench National park. 

 

We booked our accommodation at Pench Jungle Camp (https://www.penchjunglecamp.com/) , and we also booked the Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner package along with accomodation. We also made the safari booking through them. so no other headaches. but if you do book by yourself , it might be a little cheaper. 

 

It took us 2 hours 30 mins(Approx) to reach Pench Jungle camp.  And it was 12:30 P.M by the time we reached there. Took some time for check in , and had our Lunch immediately , before even going into our Tents. Lunch was buffet , completely Indian. You will find both Veg and Non-Veg options. Reachech Tents by 2:00 P.M. 

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(The fan and the chandelier inside the tent)

IMG_20190611_135525.jpg.bd8a2ad7776f53bde7a4958978000000.jpg(beds , and a lovely wall art)

IMG_20190611_135535.jpg.65b71e54ea56adf749837705c5d98e26.jpg(Extra space with Sofas)  

 

The tents are comfortable , we got ready by 3:30 P.M for the evening safari. The safari timing's is evening 4:00P.M till 7:00 P.M , and morning 5:30 A.M till 10:30 A.M. 

We went to safari on both the days, Saturday evening and Sunday morning. As the Safari was organised by the Resort on Sunday morning , they had packed some sandwitches and boiled eggs , for us to eat. After coming back at 11:00 A.M , we had our break fast , went to our tents , freshened up and checked out at 1:00 P.M. We paid to have our Lunch , there in the resort , and left Pench by 2:30 P.M , By 5:30 we were back at Haldiram's in Nagpur , to catch up with my friend and have some coffee. 

 

My friend dropped us at the railway station, we took the train Nagpur - SC train back to Hyderabad. Below are some of the pics from the safari. 

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(The water tanker is used to fill water in ponds for animals)

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(If you are luck, you will spot a tiger , :P )

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( This tent/housing belongs to forest dept , and they serve tea/biscuits for tourists, Also notice Mowgli , of the far left of the image)

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(A Fox)

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(Wild Dog) 

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(Deers in Pench River)

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(Thats the safari Road)

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Fantastic log as usual. 

Looks like you spotted good number of animals.
I know people who couldn't even stop a single animal in Pench/Tadoba tours

 

On 11/24/2019 at 7:37 PM, LoneRanger said:

We booked our accommodation at Pench Jungle Camp

 

Accommodation looks very good, can you please share the pricing details?

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Nice log. Good planning too. My Nagpur friend is asking me to come to Pench in the last week of December as another common travel friend from Delhi also coming to Pench, but I am tied up with other programs so not going. 

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