Pench Tiger Reserve, also known as Pench National Park, is reported to be one of the most popular and well-maintained tiger reserves in India. It is the same forest area portrayed in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” and even has a part of the park called the “Pench Mowgli Sanctuary”. The reserve spans 2 states, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and has a large number of tourist resorts. In order to boost wildlife tourism in their region, the Maharashtra government plan to launch star gazing activities in a section of the reserve near Nagpur. Pench Jungle camp in Madhya Pradesh also offers stargazing activities . An EarthSky friend said: “Pench, being a Tiger Reserve spanning over 700 square kilometers (173,000 acres), has very little light pollution. Villages across the landscape don’t have very elaborate street lighting facilities; hence, the site is wonderful for stargazing.”
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