The best way to ensure you have an amazing time observing wildlife at Pench Tiger Reserve is to make your reservations before your visit. This can be done easily with online safari booking.However, since the best time to visit is from 15th October to 30thJune and there are limited entries per zone, prebooking is advised to avoid disappointment, especially in peak season. The per-day carrying capacity per zone is as follows:
|Safari Zones||Touria, Karmajhiri, Jhamtara, Sillari, Chorbahuli, Khursapar, Teliya, Rukhad, Khawasa|
|Full Jeep (Indian)||Week Days - INR 7500 | Weekends - INR 8500|
|Full Jeep (Foreigner)||Week Days - INR 12000 | Weekends - INR 18000|
|Single Seat (Indian)||Week Days - INR 2000 | Weekends - INR 2300|
|Single Seat (Foreigner)||Week Days - INR 3000 | Weekends - INR 4000|
Some parts of the Pench tiger reserve fall in Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), while others are in Maharashtra. As a result, bookings can be made through the official site of either state. While Touria, Karmajhiri, and Jhamtara are the core area in the M.P. part of Pench tiger reserve, Sillari, Khursapar, and Chorbahuli are the gates in the Maharashtra core area.
Depending on the gate you choose, you can opt for online safari booking at our website. The bookings can be made 120 days before your visit. You are required to provide all details (name, age, gender, etc.) while booking the safari. Additionally, you must carry the same photo ID card (Aadhar, voter I.D., passport, driving license) with you that had been used to book your online safari.
|Zone||Per day entry permits||Morning safari||Evening safari|
Jeep Safari Note : Jeep safari is non sharing basis and maximum 6 persons are allowed in 1 jeep. Child below 5 years is complimentary and above 5 years treated as an adult.
Since Pench offers an excellent chance to view the spectacular wildlife and a limited number of vehicles are allowed to enter the zones at a time, you are advised to prebook your safari. Though you are required to pay the entire safari amount in advance, you are guaranteed that you will be able to enter the forest.
The Pench National Park is open from 1st October to 30th June every year. Safari at Pench is conducted in both morning and evening. The safari timings depend on the zone you have chosen, and the season you are going in. Here is a concise view of the timings, including the entry and exit timings:
Safari at Pench is categorized into the following types :
Normal safari : Jeep safari accommodating a maximum of 6 people is available in morning and evening shifts. Though usually, entire jeeps are booked, sometimes, single-seat booking is also available. However, in the latter case, you will not be picked from your resort but need to reach the safari gate on your own. If the total number of passengers in the single-seat booking is less than six, the cost for jeep safari will be divided among the tourists equally.
Tatkal safari :These safaris are available in premium zones. Since this safari is available only against the cancellation of pre-booked safaris, there is no fixed number of vehicles. The quota opens at 17:00 hours every day for the next day morning and evening safaris. The cost of this safari is more than normal or prebooked safaris. Your last minute plan to travel is no more disappointing as you have the way in the form of Tatkal. Tatkal safari booking is an instant solution for travelers. It has limited windows for booking. Despite the high price, here you are surefire a safari drive even if you book at the last minute.
Premium safari :This safari is available for the entire day, allowing you to explore all zones of Pench National Park in a day. However, the cost of the premium safari is high as these are not restricted to a specific zone. Premium safari will give you full privilege to visit in your desirable zones. Premium Safari is mostly in demand for the hardcore wanderlusts and perfect and better organized. Premium safari facilities are wide so price is a bit higher than normal safari which is value for money. This form of safari is personal setting tour for you.
Elephant safari : This safari is permitted only on the Maharashtra side of Pench. The ticket costs INR 1,000 per person. The total capacity of an elephant safari is 4 members apart from a Mahout and a guide. The guide charges are separate. The duration of this safari is for an hour and can be best enjoyed from October to February. This mode of safari is one of the best and few tourist’s first choice. (Pench Elephant Safari currently is not available).
Night safari :This safari is available from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (time varies) only in the Wolf Sanctuary zone (Rukhad & Khawasa). Since it is a buffer zone, it is open throughout the year. With two water bodies, sighting leopard, jackal, wolves, tigers, or nocturnal birds is more. The approximate entry fee is INR 9500 for jeep entry (maximum six people) for the vehicle, permit and guide. Only three vehicles are allowed to enter the zone for night safari. Tourists has to reach safari gate by own.
To enjoy your day out in the wilderness at Pench, you must follow the national park rules. Here are the rules of the national park for your convenience:
It is important to note that the afternoon safari at the Madhya Pradesh side of Pench is closed on Wednesday. Apart from this, safari is not available for the entire day on Holi (in March) and Diwali (October/November). In Maharashtra, the Khursapur gate is closed on Tuesday, the Sillari gate on Wednesday, and Chorbhauli gate on Monday for both safaris.