Arrive Nagpur and transfer from Railway station to Pench (1.5 hrs) by car. Afternoon Jeep Safari to Pench Tiger Reserve with an area of 757 sq km. Nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda hills, the reserve is named after the Pench river, meandering through the Park. The river is dammed and a large reservoir submerges 54 sq km of the park area which attracts the migratory and other birds in large numbers.
Morning drive to Kanha National Park (4 hrs). The same abundance of wildlife species exists even today in the Kanha National Park, which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve (940 sq km) created in 1974 under Project Tiger'. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).
Kanha's easily spotted species are 3-striped palm squirrel, common langur monkey, jackal, wild pig, cheetal, barasingha and blackbuck. Less commonly seen are tiger, Indian hare, dhole or Indian wild dog and gaur. Rarely seen are Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard, mouse deer, nilgai (blue bull), rattel and porcupine. Very rarely seen are wolf, Indian pangolin, the smooth Indian otter and civet.
Bandhavgarh National ParkDrive to Bandhavgarh National Park (5 hrs). Bandhavgarh is a small National Park, compact, yet full of game. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. This is also White Tiger country, which have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951. Bandhavgarh is densely populated with other species : the great gaur (or Indian bison), sambar and barking deer. The terrain is of great rocky hills rising sharply from the swampy and densely forested valley bottoms. The finest of these hills, sided with great cliffs and eroded rocks and on its highest point stands the Bandhavgarh fort, thought to be some 2000 years old.