The TigerTrails Jungle Lodge
Thickly clad hills form the north and western boundary of the Tiger Reserve. Half way along the western boundary of the Park, the hills contours to form the Chichghat valley where the TigerTrails Jungle Lodge is located. Ringed on three sides by the Park forest, the lodge is an extension of the Tiger reserve and is located adjacent to the Khutwanda gate, which is the entry point into the National Park.
The Khutwanda Gate is connected to the center of the park, so shorter drives to all park wildlife areas. The Lodge area is untouched by any kind of tourism or development and offers the discerning guest the guarantee of privacy as well as lovely walks and hiking trails around the lodge. While most parks have a reputation of being over-crowded with lodges, we have no neighboring resorts, villages or highways. To the south is the Irai lake, approx. 30 sq. km. and forming the south-western boundary of the Tiger Reserve.
We are a conservation focused lodge and are set in a private wildlife conservancy which is dotted with numerous perennial waterholes large and small, having machans/hides suitable for day and night wildlife photography. Since the forest starts from a few feet away, Tiger calls come creeping close. All game trails coming down from the park hills to these waterholes have 24x7 monitoring by our Trail cameras.
(The Trail Camera Gallery can be seen here.)
Rooms with view of nature and wildlife
The main water source at Chichghat is the Tadoba rivulet, which cascades down the rocky hills to the north of the valley, flows through the camp and onward to the Irai lake.
The Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Tadoba rivulet overlooking several waterholes and grasslands which are teeming with bird-life and wildlife. Our lodge list of birds stands at 162 species. One can also view Honey Badgers, Sloth Bears, Porcupines, Civet cats and a host of other nocturnal mammals from the rooms overlooking the grasslands. Click to view Camera trap images within the lodge. All rooms have views of these grasslands and waterholes and have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets.
All bedrooms have air conditioners and 100 percent power back up for the erratic electric supply. The lodge is a rustic yet deluxe experience.
Meals are simple home cooked Indian cuisine or a choice of continental cuisine, using freshly procured vegetables and mainly Indian slightly modified to suit all tastes. All meals, snacks, variety of teas and fresh coffee are included in price.
We offer morning and evening park safaris in jeeps to out guests, but to truly experience the central Indian forest we recommend that you leave your vehicle behind and take a walking safari with one of our experienced trackers for the true thrill of the Indian Jungle. Down on the same level as the animals you will experience the untamed beauty of the Tadoba Forest. Our walking safaris take place in the TigerTrails Estate adjacent to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Just outside the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a traditional tribal community called Gonds. There is a traditional Gond homestead which consists of traditional houses surrounding a cattle enclosure. We encourage clients to visit the Gond Village of Khutwanda if they are interested in tribal culture and would like to experience a way of life unchanged for centuries.
Also available are Jeep safaris, Walking Safaris, Elephant Safaris, Boat & Canoe trips, Bike tours and Cookery classes. To know more click here for safari experiences.