What would it be like, to stay in a jungle and go on a safari, spotting wildlife around? Well, after my trip to Pench National Park near Nagpur in India, I can say it was lovely !!! I was definitely very skeptical staying in a jungle since I’ve never done something like this before.
I am not a die hard animal / wildlife lover, but I enjoy nature and going on adventure trips. I have never really done a trip which involved me taking out time, just to go spot wildlife in its natural habitat. Pench was my first such visit and after this visit, I am planning to follow it up with some others.
The Travel – We (I had a couple of girl pals along) took a flight from Mumbai to Nagpur and followed it up with a 2-hour drive further to Pench. We had booked the car via the resort we were to stay at.
The stay – We had booked a resort called Tuli Pench. I haven’t been to other resorts so can’t tell much about them, but I was definitely very happy with the resort we had booked. We stayed in these pretty little cottages, which were really spacious and to my surprise, the cottages had huge dressing rooms, a tub and an outdoor open bath as well (who would’ve thought !). The resort also had a spa, a pool and buffet lunch and dinner. Tuli was a luxury, even though it was in the middle of nowhere.
Visiting wildlife – We had already booked three safaris, a month in advance via the National Park Booking site and booked our safari jeep and guide via our resort. Our first safari was the same afternoon we landed and we were super excited to get going. The safaris take place twice a day, early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Covered from head to toe, with scarves, shades, a DSLR and binoculars, we took off for the safari. Spotting a tiger or a leopard is a difficult task and requires a fair amount of patience because there aren’t many and they get camouflaged easily with the surrounding. We got really lucky to have spotted a leopard in our first safari (Yay !!!).
Our trip did have some really funny moments as well. We had to keep super quiet so as to not scare the animals. Keeping 5 girls quiet for too long was a challenge, but we managed it really well. Also, whenever one vehicle would spot an activity they would call the other vehicles as well and would term it as a ‘tiger call’ and all the other vehicles would rush there, only to realize that the activity was caused by a deer!
Check out the amazing pics from my trip to Pench. Have you been to Pench too? If yes, let me know your experience. If not, you must.
Some tips for those planning to visit Pench:
1.) Book as many safaris as possible if you wish to spot a tiger or a leopard. 3 safaris are a bare minimum.
2.) There are quite a few resorts at Pench and it would be better to book the resorts a couple of months in advance, as they all get filled up quickly.
3.) Carry sunscreen and a cap to protect yourself from the sun, scarf to cover your face from the dust, binoculars so that you can spot even the slightest activity and a camera to capture the exciting moments.