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Monsoon Forest

‘A Stunning Safari Lodge with conservation in its heart, Monsoon Forest redefines
the idea of conservation-based tourism.
Situated in Bandhavgarh, which has the highest density of Tigers in the wild,
Monsoon Forest is just a 4-minute drive from the Tiger Reserve.

FACT SHEET
  • It’s an intimate camp of only 6 Luxury Safari tents and 6 Nests (Eco-Cottages)
  • Great wilderness experience with magical outdoor dining venues
  • Participatory conservation and community effort
  • 10-Acre reforestation project
  • Interpretation of forest trees and plants
  • Nature walks and birding at camp
  • Jeep Safaris with experienced Naturalists
  • Elephant Safaris for Tiger viewing
  • Excursion to Bandhavgarh Fort in the Tiger reserve
  • Local village visit and cultural experiences
  • Traditional Massage and Yoga facilities on request
  • A Swimming

LOCATION
Surrounded by forest with a breathtaking view of the Bandhavgarh Fort, Monsoon Forest is just a few minutes drive from the Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve, Tala zone. With the highest density of tigers in the wild Bandhavgarh is not only the best Wildlife reserve to view this magnificent cat but also to enjoy the beauty of jungles of Central India.

GUEST ACCOMMODATION
Six safari tents and six cottages, each set under the shade of Mahua trees gives you the privacy and space to enjoy the wilderness and experience the warmth of Indian hospitality.

Each tent boasts its own private wrap around verandahs with views of mature grasslands surrounded by our upcoming forest. Made to order safari furniture, wooden floors, twin beds with great attention to comfort blended with discrete lighting. En suite bathrooms with modern amenities, wash basins, indoor showers and western style toilets. A private massage area in the verandahs with an option of a yoga lesson in the mornings is a great way to start the day in the privacy of your tent. The verandah is also a haven for birdwatchers.


BAITHAK - MAIN LODGE
The Baithak or Main Lodge looks on to stunning views of the Bandhavgarh fort and forests of the Tiger Reserve. A refreshment bar with a large selection of coffee and teas, it is the centre of our guest activities. Earth walls, roofs supported by mature Sal wood rafters and tiles from the 1930’s, this is an intimate lodge with open spaces, details of local architecture blending beautifully with nature.

LIBRARY AND ART GALLERY
Situated in the Baithak, our art gallery and library has a collection of books, wildlife and tribal photographs, also a collection of wildlife art recording the lives of individual Tigers of Bandhavgarh over the past 15 years. The photographic record provides an astonishingly lucid insight into the recent history of the Tiger Reserve.

INTERPRETATION CENTRE
Our effort to create a living interpretation of Tiger Habitat and to spread an awareness of the magical beauty of jungle trees of Central India is explained and beautifully highlighted at our interpretation centre. A place to deepen your knowledge and understanding of our forests.

SAFARI SHOP
The in house safari shop has a selection of craft from across India, wildlife art and photographs are also on sale, for those with a deep interest in art we can organize a private sitting with artists from Bandhavgarh.

KITCHEN & DINING
Our Kitchen offers home-cooked Indian food, fresh spice and vegetables from our organic gardens and local villages add that extra zest in our traditional flavors. We also offer a small selection of pastas and sandwiches for guests who may want a break from the ‘constant curry’. Meals are served inside the Baithak (Main Lodge) and also in Robin’s Nest under the Mahua tree. Meals may also be served in the Nursery or alternatively, guests may dine in the privacy of their tent verandahs. A favorite dinner spot is our candle lit terrace - a special place for a tranquil dinner and stargazing.

CONSERVATION AT CAMP
A reforestation project that has taken on a piece of barren land, devastated by overgrazing and logging. We have succeeded in bringing back the forest but to make it a sanctuary for the rare and fast disappearing indigenous trees and plants of the jungles of central India, one of the last remaining homes of tigers in the wild. A walk through our botanical sanctuary, reforestation project and small farm. It will bring alive the many myths and legends surrounding the diverse flora and fauna of Central India and a chance for direct contact with the local community who are integral to all aspects of the project.

‘WILD ABOUT PLANTS’ NURSERY OF INDIGENOUS TREES
In the heart of the project is a large nursery of indigenous plants that provides growing stock for other deficient areas and reforestation projects nearby. With more than 90 species of indigenous trees and annuals, the nursery is the backbone of the reforestation project. Nearly all the plants have been grown from seed at the nursery. We encourage guest to plant trees and help us grow the forests.

BANDHAVGARH
At the heart of India is Madhya Pradesh – home to the Vindhyas and the Satpuras, to forested plateaus and winding rivers. It is home, too, to a fifth of the world’s tiger population. Bandhavgarh National Park is tiger country at its best: 448 sq km of deciduous forest and grasslands, laced through with perennial streams and springs.

SAFARIS & EXCURSIONS
Jeep Safaris: Drives to explore parts of the Tiger reserve that are often remote and tucked away in magic corners of the park, our experienced naturalist will introduce you to the rich bio diversity of the park. From the majestic Tiger to the shy funnel web spiders, you will be rewarded with an insight into fine details of the natural world. We plan our Safaris keeping in mind interests of the Guests and balance that with an opportunity to visit different Zones of the Tiger Reserve.

Kindly note that as per the guidelines from the forest department, there are no Safaris on every Wednesday and on the festive day of Holi.

Sher Darshan (Tiger Viewing from Elephant back): Every morning in Bandhavgarh begins with tiger tracking. Once a tiger’s been sighted by the forest department elephants, visitors set out on elephant back for the Sher Darshan. Park officials keep the experience quiet and pleasant by using tokens to regulate the number of visitors. Some mornings the queues can be long, and the wait for a chance to the see the tiger frustrating. But the choice is ours, to explore quiet parts of the park or wait with everyone for one of the most breathtaking sights in the world: a tiger in the wild.

Bandhavgarh Fort: The Park spreads out around the Bandhavgarh Fort, the seat of the Bhaghel rulers until they shifted to Rewa in the seventeenth century. It is an imposing presence that bears witness to a long history, with inscriptions and carvings in caves that are said to date back to between 129 and 168 AD. The Fort houses a spectacular assortment of monolithic statues of Lord Vishnu in his many incarnations, scattered around are also ruins of temples held together by ancient Ficus trees and large water tanks carved by hand. Tigers and other wildlife are frequently sighted in the forests on the fort and add to the excitement of exploration. Excursions to the fort are a must for all guests, it is a chance to explore by Jeep and walk around the ruins of a once mighty kingdom now ruled by the jungle.

Visit to the Fort is subject to permissions from the Forest Department

Village Visit: Experience life in the village. Get an insight into the problems they face with regards to - man animal conflict. Meet the local artisans. Dine at a local village home. Experiencing a day in the life of a village women doing their everyday chores or attend a reforestation project.

Birding & Picnics: Bandhavgarh forest and its surrounding areas are well represented in terms of rich avifauna of Vindhya ranges. It has a variety of habitats-woodlands, grasslands, high hills, cliffs and ponds, catering to the needs of different bird species both resident and migratory. Around 250 avifaunal species are found here. This includes birds of prey, vultures, grebes, cormorants, ducks, kingfishers, herons, egrets, storks, hornbills, barbets, woodpeckers, flycatchers and many others. Sarus cranes visit the reserve for breeding during monsoon and may be seen up to November. Bird watching point at Bandhavgarh fort (subject to permissions from the forest department) offers fantastic overview of vulture nests.

  1. We organize a special birding picnic with our birding guides. Watch bird species as you enjoy a lovely picnic hamper arranged by us.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHERS AND FILM CREWS
As Bandhavgarh has the highest density of Tigers in the wild it is one of the best places to document the life of this elusive cat. Our team of Naturalists and managers specialize in programmes for professional wildlife photographers and filmmakers for over 15 years. We facilitate with permits, reservations of elephants and permissions to photograph / film within the Tiger
Reserve. We are happy to assist single traveling photographers or teams / groups and will tailor design their trip according to their interest and time frame.

Dedicated Naturalist
Exclusive Jeep
Tiger tracking by Elephant
Watchtowers and hides

WEATHER
Central India has extreme climactic fluctuations. Winter months of December, January and February, morning game drives and late evenings are bitingly cold, you would enjoy the comfort of blankets and hot water bottles that are provided for morning drives. The afternoon sun is wonderful, days are crisp, warm and sunny. As we move into April summer is beginning to set in and the shade is welcome. As water holes dry up by May, wildlife is concentrated in smaller areas of the park and Tiger sighting gets better but with that the heat is extreme, afternoon temperatures can touch 46°C. The best time to visit is from October to March, The jungle is looking beautiful after the monsoons, green flushes of new leaf on the bamboo and thick undercover, misty mornings and crisp sunlight make the forest breathtakingly beautiful.

CLOTHING
There is no official dress code however, when out game viewing, we suggest muted clothing and colors that would blend with nature. October to mid November: Light fleece and a sweater or shawl November to end February: Warm Fleece, warm sweater, a light jacket, are a must, gloves and a warm cap are always welcome comforters. March to May: Shorts or light trousers and ideally cotton-clothing, a light fleece is advisable as early mornings can still be chilly.

CAMP

  • Number of Air conditioned Luxury Tents: 6
  • Number of Air conditioned Nests (cottages): 6
  • Maximum Guests: 24
  • Dining Areas: 3
  • Personal Bars : On request
  • Laundry Services: Available
  • Selection of Wildlife films
  • Power 220 AC / DG backup
  • Suitable for Disabled Guests with assistance
  • Credit Cards: In process
  • Check in and Check out Time: 12 noon and 1 pm respectively
  • Massages : Masseur on call
  • Cooking demonstrations: On request
  • Organic Vegetable Garden 1/2-acre vegetable garden and orchard
  • Conservation Effort Reforestation & community project
  • Participatory conservation ‘Plant a Plant” program
  • Guest Areas Library / Wildlife Art Gallery

ACCESS
Connected conveniently by air and train from Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal. Monsoon Forest is also connected via charter flights to Umaria airport (32 Km) and a charter helicopter service directly to Bandhavgarh.
  • By Air: To Khajuraho followed by a 5-hour drive.
  • By Air: To Jabalpur followed by a 3 hour drive
  • By Train: To Umaria followed by a 30-minute drive
  • By Train: To Katni followed by a 1 hour 30 minute drive
  • By Train: To Jabalpur followed by a 3 hour drive.
  • By Road: From Khajuraho or from Kawardha

RESERVATION
Write to us at info@monsoonforest.com or call us at +91-9899998841, +91-9811124222

CAMP
Monsoon Forest
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Village Tala,
District Umaria
Madhya Pradesh – 484661

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