In addition, his grandfather was the first director of Project Tiger, an initiative started in 1971 to help save the last remaining tigers in the wild and he subsequently opened jungle lodges in India before wildlife tourism and tiger safaris became popular. We can safely say that Indian wildlife is certainly Amit’s forte and enthusiasm for it runs in the family!
With this in mind he has designed a perfectly located, rustic, luxurious and characterful camp that oozes style; Jamtara Wilderness Camp. There are just ten luxurious tented suites which are very comfortable and well–furnished. All have air-conditioning, fans, huge double beds and attached shower rooms (with solid walls) and, not to be taken for granted, plenty of hot water!
The camp also has a unique feature for an Indian safari camp – star beds - allowing guests the opportunity to sleep out under the stars on raised wooden platforms or ‘machaans’ as the local farmer's have done for generations to protect their crops from wildlife.
Not only is this a wonderful life experience and the best way to connect with the beautiful natural surroundings but also incredibly romantic. The star beds are positioned on a villager’s farm land and true to the spirit of Jamtara, a large percentage of the proceeds from the star beds are passed on to the villager.
Very few other vehicles make the journey to enter the park via this gate, plus the number of vehicles is limited currently to six in any case so you will see very few other people, not only as you enter the park but as you are driving around since Pench is separated by a river of the same name, with most of the other visitors being on the ‘other side’ of its banks.
The wildlife here is varied and exciting from the elusive tiger, the shy sloth bear and extremely shy leopard to deer, jackal, wild boar, a vast number of bird species and other animals including wild dog, Indian palm civet and jungle cat plus many more. This is a very special experience and a wonderful way to explore the reserve.
Other activities include lovely walks in the buffer zone, night drives, cycling in the local countryside and walks around the local village. Relax by the pretty swimming pool between safaris and in the evenings gather round the camp fire or in the bar area for drinks. Private bush dinners are also possible in this stunning, unspoilt location.
This is ‘off-the beaten-track’ in its true sense and the local farming community reveals an India virtually untouched by tourism. Please do feel free to get in touch for more information.
Images kindly provided courtesy of Jamtara Wilderness Camp