After our stay at Kanha Earth Lodge, we weren’t nearly done with being in nature so we drove to Pench Tree Lodge with Pugdundee Safaris and had another mesmerizing stay in the midst of forests and wild animals. Located close to the Karmajhiri gate entry to Pench National Park, this happens to be the lesser crowded and commercialised of the gates so you technically have to wait in smaller queues at the start of the day to enter the park.
True to the name, we stayed in a tree lodge that was literally built atop a Mahua tree with stilts for support ofcourse. Lush green views to wake up to for the perfect French press coffee and birds chirping around. The Pench Tree Lodge has 6 cottages and 6 tree houses that are far enough away from each other to provide complete privacy to their occupants and regular sightings of jackals, wild boars and even a jungle cat from time to time.
With a beautiful dining and recreational area by the poolside, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all bound to be equally special each time. They have so many books and board games to play with on the upper deck, not to mention the best sunset viewing spot up there too. We enjoyed many beers while watching the sun go down!
One of the experiences I had a blast during was the cycling both on and off-road. We did about 12 km right up to the buffer zone of the national park and it was so refreshing to not be doing anything else other than changing the gears on your bike and watching the forest and village life go about it’s business as usual.
Our safaris into the Pench National Park were just as exciting. With spottings of jackals, gaurs, sambhar deers, wild boars and a plenitude of spotted deers..