Bandhavgarh is home for me and a paradise when it comes to wildlife viewing and photography. It is spread across an area of 1500+ square kilometers, in a region which is known for its thick Sal and Bamboo forests, interspersed with hills, grasslands and perineal streams. It prides itself on being the most densely populated tiger reserve in the world. This undoubtedly makes Bandhavgarh one of the best places in the world to spot and photograph wild tigers in their natural habitat. The reserve also offers a wide variety of flora and fauna including deer, sloth bear, leopard, jackal, wild dog and over 350 different species of birds.
During this tour, I will be your personal guide, naturalist and mentor. I will teach you everything I know about wildlife, tracking, understanding the forest and of-course photography if you are interested in that. It will be a really fun experience, full of thrill, adventure and learning. This tour is not for photographers alone, it is for everyone who wants to explore our wild heritage, like never before!!
Our tour will be for 4 nights and 5 days, with six safaris, one nature walk, one stargazing experience, one bush dinner and tribal dance experience, hands on learning and lots of fun, laughter and adventure. And what better place to do this than in the Tiger Capital of the World – the one and only Bandhavgarh National Park.
Kings Lodge is a luxurious eco-friendly resort nestled between Sal forested hills of Bandhavgarh National Park in a large natural forested estate of 35 acres. The lodge is environmentally sensitive, harmonious with the natural features of the site and is built in a manner which accentuates natural daylight to all facilities. Local knowledge and art have been incorporated in the development and the lodge has been constructed using local manpower. The guests benefit from its incredible location, award winning hospitality, an experienced team of naturalists, a farm to table culinary experience and the company’s commitment towards conservation and upliftment of the local community
Here’s a list of Covid-19 Precautions taken by the team.
The Kings Lodge is an ecolodge nestled in a large natural forested estate of 35 acres. The Lodge enjoys unparalleled woodlands and wilderness surroundings. The Kings Lodge is in the heart of wild country and 95% of the land is forested. No trees were felled during the construction of the lodge. Guests benefit from their incredible location, outstanding hospitality, in- house naturalist team and their commitment to conservation and local communities.
Here is a list of questions that may help you in planning your trip. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me on SafariWithSuyash@gmail.com
Single Occupancy vs Twin Sharing Rooms
There are two categories of rooms:
1. Single Occupancy: Where you get the entire room to yourself
2. Twin-Sharing: Where you are paired up with another member of the group and share the room with them
The cost of the tour is per-person.
Payment Terms and Cancellation Policy
Payment Terms and Cancellation Policy:
What is included and what is excluded?
Accommodation and all meals for the duration of the tour.
Six Safaris (3-4 guests per jeep), jeep rental and forest entry fee. Private jeeps can be booked at an additional cost before booking the tour.
Naturalist, guide and camera allowance fee.
1 Nature walk
1 Night walk
1 bush dinner and tribal dance
Tips, laundry, personal snacks etc.
Transfers to and from Bandhavgarh are not included in the package but can be arranged at an added cost. The roundtrip cost for Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh is INR 6,000 one-way.
We can coordinate with you for transfers to/from the airport/railway station. We generally do carpool for guests arriving at around the same time so everyone can split the costs.
All other expenses not mentioned in “inclusions” above will have to be borne as additional expenses by the participants
What are my payment options?
You can book directly through this website or wire the money to the account below. All cash payments questions can be mailed to SafariWithSuyash@gmail.com
A/C No. 8745018991
Account Type: Current
Kotak Mahindra Bank
Safdarjung Enclave Branch,
New Delhi, India
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Or Google Pay (DM me on Instagram or Email me on SafariWithSuyash@gmail.com)
Is this tour for photographers only?
NO, this tour is for everyone who is interested in exploring the beauty of our natural world, take back experiences and memories of a lifetime, make new friends who share a similar interest and most importantly connect with nature.
You can arrive without a camera, and just take back memories and experiences.
THIS TOUR IS FOR YOU!
How do I reach Bandhavgarh?
Ideal Flight Timings
We recommend that you book any flight which arrives in Jabalpur before 12:00 pm on the day that the tour begins and any flight that leaves after 5:00 pm on the day that the tour ends.
Central India has a variable climate and weather conditions across the year.
The park are open from October 1st to June 30th
October to Mid-November: Mild weather but mornings can be cold and afternoons can get warm some times
Mid November to February: Are peak winter months with temperatures going as low as 4 decrees celsius on some days, but usually remain between 10 and 20 degrees celsius with incredibly pleasent afternoons where temperatures can go up-to 25 degrees. Guests should layer up during these times of the year and shed the layers as it gets warmer.
Mid February to Late March: Cool mornings and nights, but warm afternoons.
April – June: The weather is mild in the early mornings and late nights but afternoons can get very hot. They remain dry in April and May but when June rolls around, the weather gets humid and mid June onwards there are chances of rain.
What to pack?
Practical colors to wear to the park are khaki, beige and white in all seasons. Please avoid bright and flashy clothing and strong perfumes/deodorant. It is advisable not to wear sandals or shorts during nature walks
Here are some of our packing suggestions:
For winters, pack extra:
If you are simply coming to enjoy the beauty of the national park and learn more about wildlife from Suyash, then you don’t need to bring any equipment with you.
If you are coming on this trip to learn photography then you are strongly recommended to bring your own camera. We suggest brining a combination lenses, such as a zoom lens as well as a wide-angle lens. Super telephoto lenses are also excellent. If you would like to rent any equipment, please contact Suyash in advance.
Smartphones are also very handy these days and Suyash can train you on the best way to use them.
You can also rent equipment from Suyash, please email him on SafariWithSuyash@gmail.com to reserve your equipment
Access t0 internet
All lodges have basic internet connection. Our offices in the lodges have an extra computer which can be used free of cost for emailing. Internet may not be reliable at all times as breakdowns take time to fix as we are remotely located.
If you are allergic to any food items, kindly inform at the time of the booking. A delectable spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served at all the lodges. Breakfast is the combination of variety and choices from the varied cuisine and is usually served in the park, during the safari itself.
Please ensure that you are carrying a Government issued photo ID with you at all times during your travel.
For foreign nationals, a valid passport and visa is required for travel to India and entry into the National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is located in a very remote region of India with the nearest hospital being 4 hours away in Jabalpur.
Please carry your personal medications.
Expecting mothers, patients with heart conditions and any other health ailment that require constant medical attentions are advised not to travel.
My team and I are taking the utmost precautions to ensure the safety of our guests and also ourselves.
Can I extend my stay? Or add private safaris with Suyash
YES, you can contact me directly on SafariWithSuyash@gmail.com and we can plan it out.
Parks across Madhya Pradesh now offer night safaris in the buffer zones. This is a fantastic way to explore the beauty of the night sky and also see some of the shy and nocturnal creatures such as sloth bear, civet cat, jungle cat, bengal fox, nightjar and if you are lucky then the leopard and tiger too. We have had many instances where guests on #SafariWithSuyash have seen big cats along with the rare civet cats and bengal fox.
Night safaris are subject to availability and cannot be booked ahead of time. They will be arranged at an additional cost during the tour itself, and the cost is split between the participants.
Bandhavgarh is the only place in India which offers a balloon safari experience, that too over the core of the National Park. It provides unparalleled experience of the landscape with a very unique perspective. You see deer, langur, wild boar and gaurs in plenty along with sambar, jackal and lots of birds. If you are lucky, which some guests have been, you will be able to spot a tiger, leopard or sloth bear from the hot air balloon.
Balloon safaris safaris are subject to availability and cannot be booked ahead of time. It will be arranged at an additional cost during the tour itself.
Let us know where you want to go!