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Singinawa Jungle Lodge: where the tigers roam

I love that incredible moment when people lay eyes on their first tiger…

By Deepankar Mukherjee
General Manager at Singinawa Jungle Lodge

We’re right in the heart of India adjoining Kanha, a very old and particularly beautiful tiger reserve. What makes Singinawa stand out is that we offer an experience similar to an African safari lodge. You explore the jungle in a sustainable way and there’s a lot of personalisation – for example you have your own jeep when out on safari.

Other than its population of tigers, the reserve is known for its huge sal trees and vast grasslands at their most picturesque during winter with the golden light and hanging mist. I love it when people come here for the first time and see their first tiger. It’s that incredible moment when this majestic animal appears right in front of you sometimes even closer than 10 feet away.

Close to the reserve, we have twelve cottages and two bungalows set within 110-acre grounds. Every cottage uses locally sourced stone and is adorned with one of Kanha’s residential animals like tiger, sambar, barasingha and leopard. The bungalows are ideal for groups or families who get picked up for their safaris right from the doorstep. It feels like you’re staying in your own home.

When you’re not on safari, we have a lovely spa and a tree-shaded swimming pool from where grey coloured langur monkeys sometimes come to drink. There are plenty of places to dine but the bush dinners in the boma are quite special offering a traditional Indian barbecue with meat and locally picked vegetables flavoured in a wood fired stove. We also set up dinners under a large banyan tree decorated with hanging lanterns and candles. It’s called the Leopard Rock because it has these large sandstone rocks jutting out of the ground. Wherever you are in the property you feel like you’re pretty much in the middle of a forest.

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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.