Pench Safari Booking

Introduction

Here in Pench national park, all jungle safaris are booked online and from booking counter, located near entrance gate. Here gypsy safari rides are most commonly used by tourists, for their jungle safaris. Apart from gypsy safari, other options are Elephant safari and Canter safari. These three safari modes are used by all kind of tourists. Pench tiger reserve is managed and run according to guidelines of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Their guidelines are also applicable on safari activities. As per their guidelines, only limites safari vehicles are allowed for each safari rounds thus their is obvious competition for safari tickets as demand is more than supply. Here we have tried to share Pench safari booking options and modes to do permit booking. For any kind of safari booking, following visitor details will be required on mandatory basis:
  • Full name of each visitor
  • Father/Husband name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Id type (Passport / Adhaar Card / PAN Card / Voter id / Driving License / Government ID Card)
  • Id number (For Foreigner tourist, only passport is considered as Id document)

Gypsy Safari Booking

Majority of jungle safaris are done on gypsy thus is it most widely used mode of jungle safaris. Here in Pench national park, open gypsy vehicles are used for safari drives. In this vehicle total 08 persons can sit which includes 06 tourists, 01 driver and 01 guide. Here national park is divided into zones and at each safari zone, fixed number of safari gypsy vehicles are allowed to enter at one round of safari. Gypsy safari booking for Pench national park can be done online through website or through booking counter on current basis. Majority of safari permits are booked online and very few are offered at counter so online safari permit booking is recommended and counter booking is not reliable as hardly 2-3 tickets are offered and often more people gather for these counter tickets so chances are very less. Safari ticket or permit booking means we have got the permission for entry. Safari vehicle fee and guide fee is paid separately. Price printed on ticket is just the price of ticket and not the vehicle and guide. Gypsy safari booking are of two types i.e. Single Seat permit and Full vehicle permit. Single seat permit means per seat of a vehicle is sold i.e. sharing safari is offered. Where as Full vehicle permit means non-sharing safari in which, except driver and guide, no other tourist will be with you. Pench gypsy safari booking can be done either directly through website, through your travel agent or through your resort.

Canter Safari Booking

Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh, operates Canter safari options also, for all tourists, to do jungle safari. Canter safari means jungle safari on open bus (18-seater). Here also limited seats are available for tourists. Canter safari in Pench is offered through Touria entrance gate. Their in no provision of its advance or online booking so it is best option for walk-in tourists who have reached Pench national park, without any advance safari permit booking. Here also safari booking conditions applied. If total number of visitors are 8 or more, then only canter will operate else not. Canter safari have limitation also like its route is pre-decided. It will not go to any difficult trail, steep height, marshy land etc. Canter safari facility is only for core zones of national park.

Elephant Safari Booking

Now a days, we can rarely find tourists enjoying elephant safari in Pench national park. Reason is that here in Madhya Pradesh, natural elephants are not found in jungles and they are purchased from other states of India. Through purchasing also, only limited elephants can be acquired. These elephants are purchased primarily for patrolling purpose and not for tourist rides thus elephants are mostly seen doing patrolling in forest with no tourists. It is the discretionary power of Field Director of Pench national park to allow any one or two elephants for elephant rides which can't be assured in advance. We can only forward our written application request (1-15-days in advance) to Field Director office and he will take decision on 24-48 hrs prior to requested date. Officer may allow or dis-allow our request. This process is usually done through luxury resorts as they are familiar of procedure and also their good relations with officers may increase the probability. On record we will find two type of Elephant rides i.e. Joy ride of 01:00 hours and film-making for 3:00 hrs. Maximum 3 or 4 person can sit on one elephant, excluding Mahout. Usually priority is given to those applicants who have booked full-day jeep safari and requested for 3:00 hrs Elephant rides for videography/Film-making. We are not specifying the fee details as it is revised every year and resort adds their service charges also over the actual fee so figure also varies from resort to resort. In simple words, we can say that now a days, elephant rides in Pench is for rich class of tourists and it is not for normal or budget class of tourists. Discretionary power often overrides rules.

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