Located within walking distance of Bandhavgarh National Park's main gate, the jungle lodge has been developed on the theme of an Indian village, with fourteen thatched twin-bedded cottages around an inner courtyard. There is one separate villa with further accommodations of four spacious rooms.
A lot of fruit trees and bushes have been deliberately planted to attract a variety of butterflies, birds and insects. Due to such close proximity to the Bandhavgarh National Park, Spotted deer and the Langur Monkey can often be seen in and around the Lodge. The Lodge is based on a unique theme of an Indian Village. It is tastefully developed with low impact on the land and the environment. With 14 cottages and a four rooms villa , a temple, a well, and a organic garden it makes a unique setting in Indian landscape and specially the Rural and wild India. The Lodge is planned to provide a friendly, informal relaxed environment with lots to observe, understand and learn, to make some good friends and to support conservation. Since it is located close to Bandhavgarh National Park and to the entrance gate, it has been sensitive to the environment to enable all guest to listen to Jungle sounds during day or night which makes it a exciting and chilling experience for some, listening to alarm calls of the deer or a occasional roar of the Tiger. It is set on strong principles of being environmentally friendly and every aspect of its development and operation is sensitively synthesized towards nature conservation. We hope you will enjoy and make your stay a learning experience.
Situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is a 448 km2 renowned tiger reserve. Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura ranges, this is one of India's most beautiful national parks.
The landscape features tropical forests and woodlands, and steep rocky hills with flat grasslands in the valleys below. An ancient 2000 year old fort, 10th century statue of Lord Vishnu, and the dense Sal jungle combined with the grasslands make Bandhavgarh one of the most extraordinary parks in India.
Summer: Minimum 30°C, Maximum 45°C
Winter: Minimum 01°C, Maximum 20 °C
Tiger sightings are great from October till June. Sloth Bear sightings are good March till May, as they come out to eat a local flower called “Mahua”, the locals collect this flower to make a local alcohol as well. For Birds Bandhavgarh is good from November till March.
14 spacious cosy and comfortable independent Cottages, and 4 rooms in one separate villa, to make a total of 18 rooms, all in a typical Indian village theme, some around an inner courtyard. They have modern facilities with single, twin or double bedded rooms, with attached bathroom, (all amenities) shower, running hot and cold water, comfortably furnished, even a hot water bottle at night to keep you warm !
Dining and Public Areas - A large spacious dining cum drawing room with its own cosy fireplace, which serves as a dining area serving Continental and Indian cuisine - home cooked food, fresh from our vegetable garden ! There is also a friendly open verandah as well as a roof terrace to dine under the stars or to breakfast, in the soothing warm winter sun, overlooking Bandhavgarh National Park. One can also browse through a variety of wildlife books from our library book shelves or just study some of the information panels ,you can even purchase a Tiger T shirt and cap from our Gift shop !.
The Courtyard - Is an open area in center of the Jungle Lodge surrounded by flowers and fluttering butterflies. One can relax in the winter sun , get a tan or participate in a discussion on tiger sightings and conservation issues . It also provides an ideal set up for star gazing in the evening. .There are some traditional swings and comfortable hammocks , if one just wants to read a boo or relax. And a great place to catch up for daily campfire evenings ! Gole Ghar - A circular sit out area towards the forest which becomes ideal, to enjoy breakfast, an evening snack or a private group discussion if one wishes. During the day it is also an ideal hide out for observing and photographing birds and animals like Jungle cat, mongoose, Deer, Porcupine and wild boar that come on their schedule for the waterhole.
The Maidan - Most of the land is left wild with lush wild grass to attract and make our Jungle inhabitants comfortable. Our 10 acre estate , is however, interspersed with some fruit trees that do attract our Jungle neighbours and a variety of birds. Organic Farming - Much of our fresh vegetables come from the organic farming at the Lodge. One can see a Varity of vegetables and fruits being cultivated . Guest are welcome to take a tour. Medicinal Plant Garden - We have also on site a nursery of indigenous Medicinal/ Herbal Plant which is an astonishing insight on what secrets seemingly unimportant plants hold for our good health. There is a large variety of Plants and a tour with our naturalist makes it an interesting experience. Wormy - Composting - To make efficient and hygienic disposal of organic waste, we are using a process of decomposition by worms which is efficient, odorless and provides us with rich organic fertilizers for our organic farming on site.
Recreational activities The Jungle lodge is equipped with facilities of cricket, volleyball and badminton and indoor games such as Chess. There is a Video and a library of Wildlife films. All of these are available on request. Astronomy As the sun sets and a galaxy of stars covers the canopy, we begin our Star Gazing session. After a short introduction of Stars and constellations, an opportunity to see through our telescope the planets so close as never seen before by most guests. You will all enjoy the exhilarating experience !
Resident Naturalist - Our resident Naturalist oversees most of our environment sensitive programs and conducts the jungle safaris to Bandhavgarh National Park , Birding excursion around our wild lands, village excursions and discusses with you the days wrap up of the activities, observations and answer all your questions ! He is actively involved with the conservation activities sponsored by the Jungle Lodge through Tiger Trust. Bird Watching - We also organize Bird watching excursions ?walks around our Jungle Lodge, during the day, for those energetic clients who are interested in learning more about our birdlife.
Jeep Safaris - Jungle Safaris are organized by 4 x 4 jeep vehicles, open from all sides to give you a panoramic unobstructed view of the landscape, to catch every bird or animal that may just sneak into the grass and to listen to the sounds of nature whether it be mating calls, alarm calls, distress call or just a casual roar. The Vehicles are extremely quiet and do not disturb the peaceful jungle environment and allows us to listen to Jungle sounds and photographs with great amount of ease. There are two jungle excursions at Dawn and Dusk which are conducted. The jungle safari are accompanied by a forest guide and last for 3-4 hours each. During the jungle excursion there is always a good chance to see many animals including rare animals such as Tiger, leopard sloth bear or a wolf. The jungle sounds "alarm calls" of the Deer and Monkeys and occasionally the red jungle fowl , make the forest come alive as if we are sitting in a theater with the
Village Safari - for those who are interested in exploring India's rural area, we organize a Village walk or safari to visit some villages and village schools, to understand their way of life worlds best stereophonic sound equipment !!.
Solar Energy - To increase our dependence on the direct energy sources we have tried to use the power of sun god to provide us the energy and help save the worlds natural environment. Solar water heaters - Our Hot water system comes out of the two efficient solar water heaters which provide reliable and enough supply. Solar cooking ( Photo) - Some part of the cooking for our Guests is done in two different types of Solar cookers. This helps minimize energy use and also food cooked is health and tasty. Our guests can ask for cooking lessons for solar cooking.
Duration: - 4 Nights/ 5 Days
(Delhi - Umaria - Bandhavgarh - Katni - Delhi)
Day 01: Delhi/ Umaria
Entrain Kalinga Utkal Express at 1250 PM for Umaria. Overnight in Train.
Day 02: Umaria/ Bhandhavgarh
Early morning arrival at Umaria railway station. Meeting and assistance at railway station then transfer to Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. Afternoon Jungle excursion by Jeep & elephant ( subject to availability ). Meals & overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Bandhavgarh
Morning & afternoon Jungle excursion by Jeep and elephant ( subject to availability ). Meals and overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Bandhavgarh/ Katni
Morning jungle excursion by jeep. After lunch transfer to Katni railway station to entrain Gondwana Exp. ( 1715 Hrs. ) for Delhi. Overnight in train.
Day 05: Katni/ Delhi
Morning arrival ( 0720 Hrs. ) at Nizammuddin railway station. Tour terminates.