@michael-ibk, you're right about that one! We must have passed that spot at least once a day...
We only had two drives in Pench (because of the increased closure times - instead of one afternoon a week, a whole day a week, after the Supreme Court judgement). It's a nice park landscape wise (the forest is open, there's a big lake at the `end of the road'. I got the impression it's actually quite small, and tiger sightings aren't regular. I think it was on the itinerary because it's comparatively close to Nagpur, and breaks up the drive to Kanha.
On our first drive we were chasing a reported tiger sighting from the previous day, never saw the tiger, but I got the impression we were moving fairly fast, without stopping too much, because of this. In the afternoon we were meandering more, saw some good birds (nightjar, Indian scops owl) and it was also the only place we saw jackal. We also sort of saw chousingha (only sighting of the trip), but that was such a brief glimpse that I don't consider myself as having seen that!
There are two major routes which end up at the big lake, and I got the impression that there are limited minor tracks available to deviate from those routes. So everybody has to take those routes, ending up at the lake. The forest is mostly sal, and doesn't have a lot of understorey, which is nice.
@Sangeeta thanks for your kind words.