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Game drives in Pench National Park, home of the Bengal tiger

Pench National Park’s mysterious creatures are some of the most exciting…

By Malcolm Holcroft
India Travel Expert for Alfred&

Out of all of India’s wildlife, Pench National Park’s mysterious creatures, immortalised in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, are some of the most exciting. It’s one of the best places to see India’s majestic Bengal tigers on dawn-commencing jeep drives fuelled by breakfast on the bonnet and in the sleepier afternoon hours. Night-time safaris in the park’s periphery buffer zone aren’t always guaranteed. But if you’re lucky enough to go on one you may be rewarded with porcupine, nightjar and wolf sightings or see fireflies festooning the trees in soft, glowing light.

Sightings depend on the tigers’ movements of which you track through the dry deciduous forest off road. It’s bumpy which only adds to the excitement. Traverse through a huge expanse of grassland, towering trees, and rocky patches where panthers, although rarely sighted, like to dwell. When driving through the meadows or bamboo terrain you might just see wily creatures such as leopard, jackal and wild dog, all predators that stalk the scenery. Moving down the food chain there’s sloth bears, wild boars, muntjac and spotted deer that congregate in their hundreds at the edges of the riverbanks. Your guides are expertly in tune with the wildlife, essential when detecting the warning cries of prey or the elusive paw prints embedded in the dust.


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A wildlife and history fan, Malcolm Holcroft is drawn to India for its national parks and UNESCO-listed monuments. His Indian adventures include traversing the Golden Triangle, taking tiger-spotting safaris in Kanha and sipping beer in Mumbai’s historic cafés. Malcolm will never forget getting stuck behind a wedding party on his way to Jaipur, with revellers dancing to booming music in the streets.

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