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Connecting to the community at Singinawa Jungle Lodge

A village market offers insight into the local heritage…

By Deepankar Mukherjee
General Manager at Singinawa Jungle Lodge

 

We are proud to say we are part of the Singinawa Conservation Foundation which contributes significantly to the social fabric of the area from education to healthcare. We want to become a part of this extraordinary place and not just people running a business. It’s important for us to connect with the community because as you may know, conservation is in fact primarily about people and less about animals. If we take care of the people they will in turn take care of their environment and that’s why we’re motivated.

One way in which our guests can get involved with the community is by visiting one of the local markets that take place throughout the week. They’re lively and colourful selling everything from spices and vegetables to ceramic pots and traditional jewellery. Most of our guides were born and brought up in the area and can offer deeper insight into the local heritage. We love showcasing skills of the local artisans who will often interact with our guests when they get the chance. Another activity I would recommend is visiting the weekly cattle fair to see hundreds of cattle being sold which is quite a sight if you haven’t experienced something like that before. They’re all memorable events and offer a different perspective to the jungle.

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Alfred & Deepankar Mukherjee

As a defence officer’s son, Deepanker spent his childhood in air force stations outside the cities, wandering jungles and exploring wildlife. This ignited a love for nature that later brought him back to the wilderness after spending 18 years in advertising. He spent five years managing a lodge in Satpura before travelling to Kanha in what he calls ‘a pursuit of happiness’. When he’s not striving to create the best guest experiences, you’ll find him chatting to the locals and the forest department about conservation or roaming the jungle photographing birds.