An exclusive luxury wildlife resort Junglemantra.
Located at the world renowned Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh- the heart of Kipling country. This park offers the best possible chance of tiger sighting, having one of the highest tiger densities in India.
Junglemantra undoubtedly has the best location in Bandhavgarh for wildlife lovers, birdwatchers and naturalists. Situated in the valley between the core forest and buffer zones of the National Park, with extensive private grounds (25 acres), Junglemantra offers an authentic safari experience.
The resort is owned & run by British Asian nature 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 resort 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.
In the season Shailin and Rhea are at the resort with their team to ensure personalised service of the highest standard.
Independent, luxurious, charming, rustic rooms, quietly blending in with the surrounding woodland. The cottages are spacious, comfortable and beautifully furnished, yet retain the style and simplicity of a true safari camp.
A restful private verandah overlooks the vista of jungles.
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.
At Junglemantra we never forget that the safety of our guests is paramount, and for those traveling by car, we provide comfortable overnight facilities for drivers so that they are refreshed for onward travel.
All rooms are fitted with individual fire extinguishers as are the main areas of the resort.
We only offer Jungle Plan and American Plan. The Jeeps provided by us are carefully vetted and we are stringent regarding hygiene, especially in food preparation.
Then Junglemantra has been operational as of January 2006.
Grounds & Facilities
Junglemantra is superbly located over 25 acres of mature mixed woodland on the banks of a perennial lake.
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, 3 varieties of Kingfisher, Indian Roller, 4 varieties of Parakeet, Black Ibis, Wolly necked stork etc are resident). A checklist of birds complied by guests and staff at Junglemantra boasts over 95 species of woodland, wetland and garden varieties of birds.
A large, raised, open – plan outdoor seating and dining area with central fireplace, offering spectacular panoramic views of core National Park.
An indoor seating and dining area is also provided.
A beautiful colonial style indoor seating and dining area reminiscent of a bygone era.
The perfect place to sip a sun downer and watch the sun melt into the night.
A screening room for guests to enjoy wildlife films, documentaries, screen their own wildlife video footage and watch slide shows on bird and animal life presented by in – house naturalists.
Guests arriving by road at Junglemantra are greeted with a refreshing welcome drink and snacks even before they check-in. The check-in formalities are completed in informal comfort in the lounge.
Those guests arriving by train at Umaria (closest railhead) or Katni are met by one of our caring staff, who carries with him a welcome hamper, containing mineral water, snacks or fruit. Arrangements have been made in Umaria and Katni with clean guest houses for guests to be able to freshen up (western style toilet ) before setting off for the resort, if they so desire.
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.
It is our policy to provide training and employment opportunities to local villages thereby reducing the dependence on the forest resources. We also support the local village school with books and teaching aids. At Junglemantra, we believe in sustainable eco-tourism, where tourism is for the forest and its denizens.