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This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Chandreyi and Joy from the blog www.themoonchasers.com
Today's destination: Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh!
Nearest Airport: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, MP (NAG)
Nearest Railway Station: Nagpur Railway Station, NGP
Prerequisites - Make sure to get permits and lodging sorted ahead of time (https://forest.mponline.gov.in)
Packing - Pack light, do not pack bring colored clothes, carry hats, insect repellants and binoculars as needed.
Time of the year - Round the year except monsoons, summer months can be very hot.
Length of the itinerary: 3 days
- Joy and Chandreyi start off by sharing the background of the Pench National Park and the folklore it shares of the very popular character, Mowgli and the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The couple also speak of the inspiration drawn from Sir David Attenborough's 3 part documentary that was shot in this national park, Spy in the Jungle!
- The National Park is located in the heartland of India, in Madhya Pradesh which is also home to other national parks and tiger reserves like Kanha, Panna, Satpura and Bandhavgarh.
- One can enter the path through any of the 3 gates, depending on where you are lodging - Turia gate, Karmajheri gate, or Jamtara gate.
- Pench is home to several species of wildlife including but not limited to the Royal Bengal tiger, jackal, peafowl, wild dog, wild boar, sloth bear, Indian leopard, fox, striped hyena, monkey, gaur, barking deer, four-horned antelope, Indian wolf among others.
- Both canter and Jeep Safari options are available, be sure to make reservations ahead of time as it can get crowded during the peak season. Safaris are available during the mornings and evenings.
- Joy and Chandreyi share their experience of going on the wildlife safaris and the encounter with the main protagonist and queen of Pench - Collarwali and her cubs.
- The couple also share their experience of sighting the other popular tigress - Langari.
- The next day's safari is all about Collarwali's cubs and the nerve wracking encounter with an unknown male tiger in the region, and how the cubs navigate their way out of a tricky situation.
- The duo also share some of the concerns and effects that uncontrolled tourism could have on the ecosystem as well as the long ongoing man-animal conflict.
Link to the blog The Moonchasers: https://themoonchasers.com
Link to YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw8R6jB6xzZ3Xjrp26yGuGw
Link to the BBC Documentary, Spy in the Jungle: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009smrg
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