Pench Climate

Introduction
Read about Pench climate and weather information. Pench National Park is situated in Satpura mountain range which is best known for nestling rare wildlife species. National park name is derived from Pench River which flows from north to south through the National Park dividing it into two almost equal parts. One part is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh and the other one is bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara. Pench river is considered as the life-line of this national park and have considerable affect on Pench climate and weather.

It is an easy train ride and short drive away from Mumbai. The closest airport is Nagpur. The safari area is accessible from Pauni via two main entry gates - Touria and Karmajhiri. With comfortable stays located close to the safari gate, Pench makes an excellent choice for a family vacation. It is the ideal choice for a long weekend trip from Mumbai. Pench is primarily known for the Royal Bengal tiger. As per the latest Tiger Census, there are approximately 40 tigers in the park. It is also home to 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, and 3 species of amphibians. You will spot a number of Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, wild pig, gore and jackals here. If you are lucky, you may also see Indian leopard, sloth bear, and the striped hyena. The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighborhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book.

Climate & Weather
The Climate in Pench National park is tropical with extremes of climates. The ideal time to visit the park is between November and February while it is during April and June that the chances of spotting a tiger are more when they come close the water holes for a drink. The Pench National park experiences a tropical kind of a climate and there are drastic variations in the climatic conditions in Pench. It has hot summers and cold winters.
Summers : Pench summers ranges from March to June month. The trees loose most of the leaves and the forest appears to be really dry. This forest is of dry deciduous type due to which we can well experience the dryness and heat during summer season safari drives. The only greenery can be seen is close to river-belt area. During winter period, bushes or tall grassland can rarely be seen this forest area. Dryness is well spread all over the jungle. The mercury rises up to 45° Celsius and the afternoons become blistering hot. The lack of water during this season propels most of the animals towards water bodies and animal sightings increase exponentially. Summers bring a sure shot chance for you to spot wildlife in the jungle. Just head to a water body and you might find a family of tiger's lazing around, keeping themselves hydrated. Make sure you carry a water-bottles, cap, sun-glasses and fully charged camera inside as you don't want to miss bringing the memory of a tiger in the wild back home.
Winters It is the winters which are the most comfortable months though it is not the best time for any exclusive wildlife viewing. The minimum and maximum temperatures recorded in Pench National Park are 4°C and 42°C respectively. The winters also experiences chilly wintry winds that lowers the winter climate in Pench National Park. The National Park usually opens with the start of October during the onset of winter. This is the blossom season for the forest and Pench becomes a photographer's delight. At this time Pench experiences wintry winds that lower the temperature. The mercury dips down to 4°Celsius. On some morning as you enter the park in the shivering cold, you can see frost on the grass. Early morning safari in Pench is considered good for tiger spotting. The best part about a jungle safari in winter is that you will find just one color in abundance - green. Monsoon leaves its mark on Pench in the form of a thick blanket of green. Who knows, you could even be lucky enough to see a tiger hunt for its prey!
Monsoon Pench monsoon season ranges from July to September month. These are the monsoon months here. The average rainfall annually is around 1300 mm and majority of safari areas remain closed for safari drives but forest department still continues to do their patrolling duty on regular basis as sometime poachers try to take undue advantage of absence of tourism. The rains bring new life to the forest. The temperature remains very pleasant but it may get very humid at times. Usually Pench monsoon brings greenery and happiness in this forest area and their is no flood like situation, even after heavy rainfall. A safari in the jungle during monsoon might give you a chance to see peacocks dancing. You would love to watch how little streams of water from inside the jungle to give it an appearance that looks right out of Alice in Wonderland.

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