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Pench National Park

Located in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda hills and named after the Pench river, is the serene and surreal Pench National Park.  It is situated on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra.

The EVS, Geography and Global Perspectives students got an opportunity to study the flora and fauna of the park along with an insight into the lives of the locals living there. We did not only study about the animals in the park but observed the impact of tourism in the region by conducting interviews of the locals.

Awarded numerous times for its forest management techniques, Pench National Park is home to the majestic Tiger. A few students got an opportunity to see this animal during the safari and it was surely the highlight of the trip! We got an opportunity to spot various species of birds and animals such as the Gaur (Indian Bison), Sambar, the spotted dear and the Nilgai among many others.

On interviewing the forest rangers we got an insight into sustainable farming techniques that are carried out along the outskirts of the park to ensure that habitat destruction is avoided. 

“Save the Tiger” is a project we have all heard about. We got the chance to learn about the details of how this project is being carried out and the numerous ways in which the park is working towards saving this endangered animal. Tracking devices and spreading awareness to the local people are the key methods being implemented and both are proving successful as there has been an evident decrease in poaching and an increase in the birth rate of tigers.

A nature trail exposed us to the forest at its best and we learnt about various medicinal plants and their use in modern medicine. An expert on the Pench region spoke with us about Tiger conservation and the methods being used to promote eco-tourism.

 The geography students carried out river surveys and got a hands on experience of learning about the various aspects of the river where as the EVS students carried out quadrant sampling and examined various plant species.

This trip was not only extremely informative but was also very enjoyable! Visiting one of India’s finest national parks is a golden opportunity and we thank our teachers for planning this educational trip as it helped broaden are perspective about these subjects.

- Aanshi Gupta