Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh - the heart of Kipling country. This park has one of the highest density of tigers in India.
Just fifty feet from the Park boundary, and situated in the valley between the core forest and the buffer zones, Junglemantra is set in extensive private grounds of nearly 30 acres, comprising indigenous, mature mixed jungle with lake. Human impact has been kept to a minimum and the camp is spread in just two acres, so that Junglemantra offers a truly authentic jungle experience for wildlife and adventure lovers. Animals seen on the grounds include Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Indian Wolf, Jackal, langur, Barking Deer (Kakar), Chital, Sambar and Chinkara gazelle.Up to 300 species of bird are found in this area, including garden, woodland, and wetland varieties.
The camp is owned and run by photographer and wildlife artist Shailin Ramji, who is joined by his wife Rhea, a TV producer. Compelled by a keen love for the area, its people and the wildlife, they relocated to India from London and moved to Bandhavgarh to set up Junglemantra.
In order to ensure that the construction of the camp did not disturb the animal corridors on the site, Shailin camped on the site to research and plan the areas on which construction should take place.
Being equally conscious of the environment, reforestation by indigenous species and also the choice of bamboo as a construction material was made as it easily sourced and replenishable locally. The 'Baans Ghars" or Bamboo cottages are very popular with guests. Independent, luxurious, charming, rustic rooms, quietly blending in with the surrounding woodland. Spacious, comfortable and beautifully furnished, yet retaining the style and simplicity of a true safari camp.A restful private verandah overlooks the vista of jungles.
The bamboo and log construction provides the best advantages of tented accommodation while keeping the comfort , warmth and security of more conventional brick structures, so that one is fully able to experience the sounds and ambience of the night time jungle.
In the season Shailin and Rhea are at the camp with their team of staff to ensure personalised service of the highest standard. The staff are all recruited from the local tribal villages and receive ongoing training in hospitality and English speaking.
In addition to providing hospitality services, guests, particularly medical practitioners, are encouraged to volunteer and participate in local conservation projects and community work through the camp’s NGO, Wildlife PACT.
Eight cottages with en-suite bathrooms and private veranda. The bamboo and log construction provides the best advantages of tented accommodation while keeping the comfort, warmth and security of more conventional brick structures, so that one is fully able to experience the sounds and ambience of the night time jungle.
Signature dishes such as roast chicken, British fish & chips, cookies, freshly baked breads, apple pies, tarts, pancakes and an extensive variety of Indian dishes such as Kashmiri Khatte Baigun, Dhansak, Biryani, Idli Sambhar, Poha (made in the local style), Kadai, etc. Cookery classes covering dishes we serve are very much in demand with guests; so much so that Junglemantra has its own cook book, "The Jungle Cook", written by Rhea and illustrated by her husband Shailin - full of hilarious tales of goings on in the kitchen and at Junglemantra - not to mention delicious recipes!
Library; Projection and TV room; shop; spa; conference room/lecture theatre; WiFi ; Laundry and ironing service
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Jungle Gypsy safaris, Jungle pugdundee, bird watching with resident naturalists; wildlife films; bonfire barbeques; tribal dances; bullock cart rides to the local village; cookery classes; massages.