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Pench Wildlife - Students Tour

Land of Sher Khan

If Mowgli, Bagheera, Raksha, Baloo have become integral parts of your life, if the pages of The Jungle Book have inspired you to love and be protective of a love the natural world makes us capable of, visiting Pench will be that much more a memorable experience for you, for the iconic book is known to have been its inspiration. This National Park in Madhya Pradesh is home to rich flora and fauna, including the striped and the spotted big cats.

Tour Highlights

  • A five-night/six-day students-special Tour with five safaris and a nature walk to the land that inspired The Jungle Book
  • Possible sightings of several other mammals and birds in Pench’s mysterious depths
  • Immense natural history learning from the Skipper
  • Valuable insight into wildlife behaviour

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Upcoming Departures

22-27 APR 2019
Devendra Gogate

Led by ace Skippers

Immense experience

On-field natural history learning

Experiential travel to wildlife destinations

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How Is It?

A landscape that inspired The Jungle Book.

Deriving its name from the River Pench that divides the park into eastern and western halves, the Pench National Park comprises the core Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park area and the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary.

The forest cover includes teak and other tree-species such as saja, bijiayasal, haldu and salai. The forest floor wears nuanced greens in its grasses, bushes, plants and saplings. Small hills rise from the ground of the protected area in the park.

What You Will See and Experience:

The feline royal ‘Sher Khan’, among other majestic mammals and birds.

Welcome to the world of real Sher Khans. Pench nurtures the lives of many a tiger. The leopard also lives in its precious depths, and then there is the sloth bear, the wild dog, the Indian wolf, jungle cat, monkey, chital, jackal, wild boar, sambar, nilgai, gaur, barking deer among several others mammals. Many reptiles and amphibians also reside in Pench.

The avian-life array of over 210 species includes crimson-breasted barbet, Northern pintail and Northern shoveler notably, besides the ubiquitous Indian peafowl, Indian roller, red-vented bulbul, common kingfisher, red jungle-fowl, racket-tailed drongo, and egrets, herons, robins, coucals, minivets, munias, wagtails and lesser whistling-teals.

Tour Itinerary

22 April 2019, Monday

We gather in Pune and leave for Nagpur by at 05:40 p.m. by 12113 Nagpur Garib Rath Express (3 AC). Overnight train travel.

23 April, Tuesday

We arrive in Nagpur by 09:25 a.m. We will leave for Pench by AC vehicles and reach by afternoon. We check in to our lodge and have our lunch and rest. In the evening, we set out on an evening nature-walk, in search of the iconic tiger and other wildlife. We return to our lodge for dinner. Overnight in Pench.

24 and 25 April, Wednesday and Thursday

On our morning and evening safaris, we explore the tiger-life and other rich wildlife in the beautiful wilderness of Pench. Our morning safaris are long, so we carry packed breakfast. Lunch and dinner are at our lodge. Overnight in Pench.

26 April, Friday

After our last morning safari, we return to our lodge for lunch. We check out and leave for Nagpur by AC vehicles. We depart to Pune by 12114 Garib Rath Express (3 AC) at 06:50 p.m. Overnight train travel.

27 April, Saturday

We reach Pune by 09:45 a.m. and leave for our hometowns from there, with a lot of memories from Pench to cherish for a long, long time.

Cost & Terms

Early-bird Price

INR 19,900
  • Per Person on Quadruple Share Accommodation

Regular Price

INR 21,900
  • Per Person on Quadruple Share Accommodation

Group Discount: INR 500 per head for a group of five or more students.

All prices above are excluding taxes. 5% GST would be applicable.

What’s Included?

  • Services of a Toehold Skipper for a great wildlife experience
  • Pune – Nagpur – Pune travel by train (3 AC)
  • Nagpur – Pench – Nagpur travel by AC vehicles
  • Stay in Pench for three nights on full-board basis
  • Six jeep safaris
  • Travel insurance for every participant
  • Food during train travel
  • Entry and guide fees

What’s Not Included?

  • GST (5%)
  • Any airfare
  • Meals during transfers from Nagpur to Pench and Pench to Nagpur
  • Telephone calls, laundry, room service, tips, porter service etc
  • Additional mineral/bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses of any kind
  • Tips to drivers and lodge staff
  • Additional charges incurred due to a change in the schedule, due to reasons beyond the control of the organisers
  • Medical expenses, if incurred
  • Any other charges/costs not mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ list

Payment Terms

  • At least INR 15,000 booking amount
  • Remainder to be paid 45 or more days before the departure date

All figures per person.

Cancellation Fees

  • 20% of the Tour fee on or before 7 March 2019
  • 40% of the Tour fee between 8 and 21 March 2019
  • 80% of the Tour fee between 22 March and 7 April 2019
  • 100% on or after 8 April 2019

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should participate in this Tour?

Anybody with an interest in wildlife is welcome to participate.

How different are your Group Tours from ordinary tours?

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Group Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of an experienced naturalist. The common ingredients in all our Group Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are nature lovers, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.

How sure are you about sighting wildlife on this Tour?

Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we do not claim that sightings are guaranteed.

What equipment do you suggest on this Tour if I want to make photographs?

Considering the nature of the subjects and shooting conditions expected on this Tour, a lens with a focal length of at least 400mm is considered necessary, with longer focal lengths being welcome. A beanbag is strongly recommended to shoot both from inside the vehicle as well as outside.

What do I do if I do not have the requisite equipment?

If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What’s better, you enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on our Toehold Outdoors Group Tours!

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.