Located in proximity to the main entrance gate of Bandhavgarh National Park is Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. It is themed after an Indian village, and it has 13 twin-bedded cottages and two villas with 4 rooms each, as accommodation. Some of these cottages and villas are built, encircling a central courtyard, and all of these have attached bathrooms, work desks, lights for reading, chairs, and racks for keeping luggage. The common 40-seater open dining hall is the place to enjoy Indian and Continental dishes served here; it also has a library and informative panels. You could relax in the courtyard under the bright sun or beneath millions of stars, or you could ride on swings. The lodge also has a circular gazebo, called Gol Ghar, where you could enjoy breakfast while looking around.
The property is quite particular when it comes to the conservation of the natural environment of the region. Exploring the lodge, you will see hordes of trees and plants in the campus. Most of the fruits and vegetables, utilised in meals are grown in the organic farms of Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge, using natural manure made by vermicomposting process. The establishment also has a well-tended garden of medicinal plants and herbs, which you may tour with their naturalist. Most of the electricity for the lodge comes from solar panels, which allows it to do its bit in reducing the global carbon footprint. All of the hot water that is supplied in the bathrooms comes out of efficient and energy-saving solar water heaters. Similarly, most of the food is cooked in different types of solar cooking, and you may ask for lessons on how to use them.
You can enjoy a plethora of informative and fun activities while staying at this establishment. The clear skies call for exciting sessions of astrology, where you will gaze at the stars and learn about the many constellations and celestial bodies. Post looking at the stars, you will get an opportunity to observe them from a really close distance by means of a powerful on-site telescope. You may also enjoy volleyball, chess and badminton here; watching wildlife documentaries is also possible. The property is so close to the national park that you can get the joy of a wildlife safari at Bandhavgarh in your rooms themselves. Enjoy waking up to the sounds of birds and at night, the alarming calls of deer and the strong roars of tigers will for sure thrill you. Still, for a proper animal-watching experience, you must head out of the place and into the jungle.
Birdwatching tours, Jeep safaris and elephant excursions can be availed from the lodge. All such trips will be overseen by avid naturalists and wildlife experts, who will accompany you into the woods. A wildlife safari Bandhavgarh is an ideal way to spot tigers, nilgais, wolves, sambar deer, barking deer, Indian bisons, spotted deer, leopards and various species of colourful butterflies and birds.
Duration: 2 Nights / 3 Days
Location: Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Best Time to go: October to June
How to Reach?
Umaria, about 27 km or 45 minutes away, is the nearest city to Bandhavgarh National Park. The town has road and train connectivity to many important cities and towns in the country. Jabalpur, approximately 205 km from this wildlife hotspot, is perhaps the best city to come here from. From Jabalpur, there are three routes to come to the park, namely via Katni, Shahpura and Sleemanabad.
The largest and busiest railway junction, close to the protected territory, is in Jabalpur, with trains from and to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and loads of other Indian destinations. You can get all the required information about the trains, such as reservation availability, schedule and fare from the website of Indian Railways.
Jabalpur has an airport, which is the nearest to Bandhavgarh National Park, with regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and a few more domestic destinations. Alternatively, you may charter flights to Umaria, which has an air strip for small aircraft.
Winters and summers are ideal to visit the national park. The period between November and June brings the highest influx of tourists and wildlife enthusiasts. The Indian Forest Department has a policy, wherein all such protected areas are closed for tourism during the rainy season, which generally lasts from mid-June to October end.
1). Rates are per person for 02 nights/03 days on twin sharing basis with mandatory requirement of minimum 2 paying adults
2). All meals
3). Accommodation in Standard rooms
4). Morning & evening tea with cookies
5). Welcome drink on arrival
6). Nature walk
7). Visit to the local village & nearby market
8). Bird watching- resident naturalist on site
1). GST @ 5.0%
2). Air/Train fare
3). Anything not mentioned under the head inclusions.
4). Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.