The Monsoon Forest is a unique indigenously styled luxury eco-resort spread over ten acres of grasslands, bamboo thickets and generously canopied trees with a delightful jungle ambience. The resort Bandhavgarh National Park, just a few km away, and makes an ideal base to explore the magnificent forest and its bandhavgarh wildlife, the tribal areas and the villages around it. The resort has a serene and calm ambience for communion with nature and birdwatching, and eco-friendly features.
The resort is imaginatively designed drawing inspiration from the earthy central Indian mud houses that exist in the vicinity of Bandhavgarh, while at the same time offering air conditioned tents and cottage that are equipped with modern facilities.
Set under the shade of the glorious Mahua flowering trees, Monsoon Forest offers six beautifully crafted luxury tents and six nests (cottages). Surrounded by the grasslands, the accommodations are enclosed by a mud-brick wall, ensuring absolute privacy.
The concept is to offer the ambience of a jungle camp or village without compromising on the modern amenities, comforts and luxury required by a contemporary traveler.
Each luxury tent is air-conditioned and has a generous living space inside, with large rope-drawn windows, wooden floors, custom-built furniture and a modern en suite bathroom. Inspired by the design of bird’s nests, these quaint eco-lodges merge into the beautiful grasslands that surround them. They will have all the modern hotel room amenities, air conditioning and en suite washroom facilities. Eclectic handcrafted furniture and furnishings add to their rustic charm. Guests can also enjoy a private meal in the intimacy of the nests.
The wide verandas are like an oasis where you can unwind to enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest in solitude.
Food and Beverages
The resort specializes in home style food focusing largely on local produce and home-grown organic vegetables. Nutritionally balanced wholesome meals, fresh fruit juices and smoothies will help you detox your mind, body and soul. Excellent cooks and traditional local recipes are part of our repertoire but the cooks will work to meet the palate of every guest. Whether it is a Central Indian curry or a pasta preparation, they can personalize the taste to your satisfaction. We also entertain requests for a safari breakfast for those going for wildlife viewing or an intimate private dinner on the guest’s veranda.
You can even enjoy ‘satvik’ soulful food in any of our dinning areas
The essence of Monsoon forest is reflected in the main dining lodge or the Baithak, which is also the informal reception and sitting area. The panoramic views provide an intimate introduction to the vast grasslands and forests of Bandhavgarh. As you recline in an armchair, you may spot an interesting bird or see a wild boar wandering about in the grassland.
The Baithak is also a great place to interact with our naturalists and fellow wildlife enthusiasts over a freshly brewed cup of tea or homemade dinner. It also houses the Monsoon Forest art gallery and a library where we have some of the best wildlife and tribal art, photographs, books and other collectibles
Having a meal at Robin’s nest, is in itself a unique dining experience. As the name suggests, this dining area has been set up under the Mahua tree where we have a pair of Robins nesting. The beauty of this dining area is its unparallel view across the forest. Surrounded by vast open grasslands, experience the magic of eating under the sun, open sky and stars combining with the sights and sounds of various birds and animal calls. This dining area can comfortably accommodate 40 guests
As the name suggests, this dining area gives you the feeling of eating out in the wilderness. You can chose to have a private intimate meal at the Machan. It has been designed such that it gives an opportunity to survey the forest from a vantage point. Guests can even stake out for the night to get an unforgettable forest experience. You will have to do a prior booking for this special venue, which can accommodate maximum of 4 guests.
Special featuresIndulge in a variety of homemade vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes
Savor the Indian cuisine, including the local favorite carp fish (subject to availability).
Get an impromptu cooking lesson or exchange recipes with our cooks.
Specific dietary needs will be catered to on prior requests.
Monsoon Forest Tariff & Fact Sheet
About Bandhavgarh National Park
Topography and Flora
Bandhavgarh National Park comprises extensive sal forests, mixed forests, hills, valleys, rivers, wetlands and meadows, which account for the high diversity of flora and fauna in this pretty national park. The vegetation is predominantly tropical moist deciduous with mixed forests in the higher hills and patches of grasslands and bamboo. Bandhavgarh national park hotels resorts is botanically interesting with medicinal plants and insectivorous plants. The national park has cliffs, about 800m high, rising 300m above the surroundings.
Bandhavgarh is one of the best national parks in the world for tiger sightings. Few return without seeing this most magnificent of animals and largest of big cats over a three or four day stay at The Monsoon Forest. The Bandhavgarh National Park also has a sizable population of other predators like leopard, sloth bear and the dhole, the Indian wild dog.
While driving through this national park you will see large herds of ungulates like the chital or spotted deer and sambar, Asia’s largest deer. The muntjac or barking deer, nilgai antelope, chinkara or Indian gazelle, chausingha (the world’s only four-horned antelope) wild boar and gaur or Indian bison are also often possible sightings. Langur and rhesus macaque are the primates of Bandhavgarh.
You need luck to sight some of the more elusive mammals like Indian fox, Indian wolf, ratel or honey badger, hyena, civets, lesser cats, etc.
Birdwatchers can expect to see birds characteristic of the Indo-Malayan tropical deciduous forests can be seen like the white-naped woodpecker, red jungle fowl, red and painted spurful, lesser adjutant, grey hornbill, long-tailed minivet, alexandrine and plum headed parakeets, chestnut bellied and painted sandgrouse, yellow crowned woodpecker, crested serpent eagle, white-eyed buzzard, white-browed fantail, greater racket tailed drongo, Tickel’s blue flycatcher, etc. It has been declared an Important Bird Area because of the presence of critically endangered white-backed and long-billed vultures, vulnerable species like saras crane and adjutant stork, and near threatened birds like oriental darter, black-headed ibis, grey-headed fish eagle and Malabar pied hornbill.
The wildlife viewing drives in open vehicles are good for watching the birds in the national park and a ramble around Bandhavgarh Fort can also yield some sightings. The green environment of Monsoon Forest also brings in a rich birdlife.
Bandhavgarh has a substantial population of lizards, turtles and snakes. Flap-shell Turle, Fat-tailed Gecko, Common Skink, Cobra, Krait, Russel’s Viper, Indian Rat Snake, Common Wolf Snake and Indian Rock Python are some species that are usually seen.
- Four nights accommodation at Ichingo Lodge and Ichobezi Safari Boats
- All meals, all house wines, beers and spirits
- All soft drinks and water
- All activities
- Use of the dedicated photographic boat as well as tender boats
- River guides and a Ambassador as a host during the photo safari
- Park fees, bed and community development levies and licenses
What’s not included:
- Travel arrangements to Ichobezi River Lodges
- Gratuities (at your discretion)
- Personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
Monsoon Forest Gallery
Day 1 – Arrival at Ichingo River Lodge
After arriving either via Kasane or Vic Falls you will be transferred to the lodge. Once your booking form has been received will be in touch with you to help with all the necessary travel arrangements and the lodge will then assist with transfers from the respective airports to the lodge.
Once we have settled into our rooms we will make our way onto the river for the first afternoon of wildlife photography. All our photographic activities on the river will be determined by sightings and light so your facilitator will liaise with the river guides in order to maximize your photographic opportunities.
After returning for dinner we will spend the first night of this photo safari at the Ichingo River Lodge.
Day 2 – Wildlife and a Houseboat
A cup of coffee will get us going before heading out onto the river to photograph what the Chobe has on offer. After about 3 hours we will return to the lodge for breakfast before making our way to the houseboat to start the second part of our journey.
As our houseboat makes it’s way down the river and into the Chobe Game Reserve we will be on the photographic boat photographing the amazing diversity of wildlife and birds.
The houseboat will moor across the river from Elephant Bay, one of the most prolific game viewing areas on the river, and this is where we will spend our first night on the water. The nice thing is that when all the other boats have to start leaving the area to get back to their lodges we will be able to stay on the water to take advantage of the amazing golden, late afternoon light on the river. Whether on the photographic boat or one of the tender boats, you will be in a position to get images that very few other photographers will be able to get.
We will enjoy dinner on board the houseboat all the time keeping a watchful eye for nocturnal photographic opportunities which could range from African night skies to the ever elusive leopard.
After a quiet drink on the deck, to soak up the African night sounds, we will spend the night on the houseboat.
Day 3 – Wildlife photography from the houseboat
After a quick cup of coffee we will be on the water before the sun breaks the horizon. This is again a very unique highlight of the trip as most other operators will only be allowed into the reserve after 06h00 in the morning.
We will spend the entire day working the Chobe River for photographic opportunities. Our houseboat will keep on making it’s way further west, away from the crowds and other boats, and we will stop in for lunch and drinks when needed.
After a full day of wildlife photography we will spend another night on the houseboat – the perfect ending to a great day on the Chobe River.
Day 4 – Heading East on the Chobe River
Since we can, we will again be on the river before sunrise to capture the African morning on the Chobe River.
Today will again be spent on the river, looking for wildlife photographic opportunities, as we make our way back East towards the lodge. It will take us the whole day to get back so you can again be assured of a day filled with amazing visual spectacles and photographic opportunities.
Once we return to the lodge we will have some time to freshen up before having drink on the deck overlooking the river.
Day 5 – Departure
After an early cup of coffee we will head out onto the Chobe River for one last roll of the dice to see what photographic opportunities we can find.
After returning to the lodge we will enjoy breakfast before wrapping up a fantastic few days in one of Southern Africa’s best wildlife photography destinations.
The lodge will assist with transfers to either Kasane or Vic Falls in order for us to catch our flights back home.
Monsoon Forest Tariff & Fact Sheet
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Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve,
Village Tala, District Umaria, M.P. - 484 661 India