Junglemantra is superbly located in the valley between the core forest and buffer zones of the National Park, with its own beautiful and extensive private grounds of mature mixed jungle with lake (over 25 acres), Junglemantra offers an enchanting safari experience.

The human impact on the site has been kept to a minimum. This makes Junglemantra’s lake and grounds a haven for mammals (such as tiger, leopard, bear, wolf, jackals,sambar, cheetal, barking deer, wild boar, langurs, foxes, rabbits, hare, mongoose), reptiles (such as chameleons, monitor lizards) and the over 300 species of birds found in Bandhavgarh , (such as Paradise flycatcher, serpent eagle,fishing owl, 4 varieties of Kingfisher, Indian Roller, 3 varieties of Parakeet, Black Ibis, Woolly necked stork etc are resident). A checklist of birds compiled by guests and staff at Junglemantra boasts over 95 species of woodland, wetland and garden varieties of birds.

The Team

Junglemantra is owned & run by nature photographer, wildlife artist and hotelier Shailin Ramji, a committed Christian. He is joined by his wife Rhea, a TV producer and also his father V.V.Ramji.

Rhea and Shailin have a long association with Bandhavgarh, having first met in the Park as tourists in 1995. Both keen conservationists, and compelled by a love for the area, its people and its wildlife, they relocated from London to Bandhavgarh to make the jungle their home. They have an adorable young daughter,cat and dog.

Shailin camped on the site before he began construction, in order to research and maintain the existing wildlife corridors on the grounds. Shailin's parents were born and brought up in East Africa and having tasted the African safari experience from an early age, it was his vision to recreate a similar experience in India.

At the request of guests, Rhea has written a cook book with many of their favourite recipes. Entitled "The Jungle Cook", it also contains humourous anecdotes about the goings on at Junglemantra. In the season Shailin and Rhea are at the camp with their team to ensure personalised service of the highest standard.

Eco-Tourism Efforts
`At Junglemantra the emphasis is on minimum environmental impact in terms of operations and construction yet maximum beneficial environmental impact in terms of re-forestation by indigenous species, recycling of waste where possible and removal and disposal of inorganic waste as per Government recommendations.
Junglemantra aims to provide training and employment opportunities to local villages thereby reducing the dependence on the forest resources.Junglemantra also supports the local village school with books and teaching aids. Junglemantra believes in sustainable eco-tourism, where tourism is for the forest and its denizens.


Some of the staff assisting with the WildlifePACT NGO work