We reached early morning at 8 am. We had chosen 2 tier Ac so that we have a good sleep before our adventure. Our resort had arranged for a pickup from Nagpur Railway station and our driver was already waiting for us when we reached the platform.
We started our journey towards our beautiful resort - The Pench Jungle Camp.
We stopped in between for some breakfast but if you can hold on I would suggest to eat at your resort as the options on the way to Pench are not great.
We reached our resort by 10.30 am. They were kind enough to arrange early check-in for us as our safari was to start at 2.30 in the afternoon and we needed to freshen up and have lunch before we left. We had chosen Luxury Tent accomodation for our stay and the tents were as beautiful as the pictures you see on their website. They were truly luxurious with every possible amenity you need. Those were one of the biggest tents I have ever seen with such lovely decor that I felt like I was some royalty travelling for their jungle expedition.
I would suggest you visit their website to see what I am talking about as I do not have pictures that can do justice to the beauty of these tents.
We freshened up and rested for sometime before we headed out for our lunch. The Lunch was simple but delicious with a good spread.
We started our safari at 2.30 pm sharp. We had opted for private jeep safari which was arranged by our resort but I would suggest you book directly as that would work out to be cheaper. We were taking a total of 5 safaris during our stay and did not want the hassle to choose proper gates. If you are booking on the MP or Maharashtra tourism website directly please make sure you check the distance to your gate from your resort. Pench may seem like one area but it is huge and sometimes travelling to gates can take more than an hour if you do not choose wisely.
Our resort was in Touria hence we had chosen our 3 safaris from Touria gate and remaining two from Khursapar gate ( Maharashtra) which is fairly near to Touria. Pench is spread over MP and Maharashtra so your gates may be in MP or Maharashtra.
Our first safari was from Khursapar and we were lucky to see the beast on our first safari itself. It was my first time seeing the beast up-close and I was mesmerised. Oh the beauty that a Tiger is - inexplicable.
We had not gone with a sole purpose to spot a Tiger but it sure was a sight. We spotted two tigers that day. We returned to our resort happy, they were waiting for us with wet towels and refreshments.
We had to shower after the safari as the dust and the heat leave you with no other option.
It was our Anniversary that day. Our resort had baked a nice cake for us and we enjoyed dining in the open in candle light. It was perfect.
1) We chose a train as we did not wish to wake up in the middle of the night to catch an early flight nor were we bold enough to risk having our flight delayed and miss our afternoon safari. So choose wisely your flight or train timing.
2) Carry camouflage or dark clothes but not black as it gets too hot in the afternoon.
3) Wear full clothes so that dust and tan is at bay.
4) Carry a good sunscreen, boots/sports shoes, arm sleeves, bandana/baklava to cover your mouth and nose from dust, UV protected shades,cap and most importantly binoculars.