Experience Authentic Jungle Stories at Jamtara Wilderness Camp
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
(David Mitchell, English Writer)
Jamtara Wilderness Camp is located within the ancient forests that once captivated Rudyard Kipling, the author of The Jungle Book. Upon entering the camp, you are greeted by a serene ambience that communicates more profoundly than words. Driven by the synergy of community and untamed wilderness, the camp serves as a testament to an enduring and sustainable experience. The thoughtfully crafted tents encourage you to immerse yourself in nature, savouring the thoughtful blend of adventure, comfort and luxury.
In the quiet simplicity of this camp, you find an escape from the noise of the world, an opportunity to reconnect with the raw beauty that often eludes your daily life. Explore the magnificent wildlife of India, rekindle your connection with nature at Jamtara and join its mission to preserve the environment for future generations.
The Inspiring Story Behind Jamtara
Jamtara Wilderness Camp's history is deeply connected to India's modern tiger conservation movement, originating in the 1960s, when Kailash Sankhala highlighted the alarming extent of tiger hunting threatening the species with extinction. Following his leadership in the nation's inaugural Tiger Census, Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, selected him to head the Project Tiger initiative in 1973.
The Sankhala family's commitment to wildlife is a heritage that underlies all their endeavours. Kailash Sankhala's passion for the wilderness was passed down to his son, Pradeep Sankhala, who redirected it by merging tourism with conservation. This tradition has now been carried forward by the third generation, Amit Sankhala.
As a wanderer himself, Amit has an innate understanding of guests' needs, ensuring a remarkable nature experience and lasting memories. He has assembled a team of like-minded individuals, including knowledgeable naturalists, skilled chefs using local produce, and a considerate staff providing small comforts while respecting your privacy.
After feeling inspired by the Sankhala family's story, enter your camp and observe the mindful luxury that characterises it.
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Soak Up the Jungle Vibes from Inside Your Camp
Your accommodation at Jamtara is a blend of simplicity and comfort. The tents offer you a genuine connection with nature, maintaining a rustic charm that defines the camp. Situated in the rural heart of Pench, the camp features 10 luxury tents surrounded by towering arjuna trees and an aged banyan rooted on a dry riverbed. Each tent offers you magnificent views of the forest, creating a memorable jungle experience. Built with minimal impact on nature, the tents at Jamtara align with sustainability principles.
Inside your tent, enjoy scenic views of the jungle and immerse yourself in nature's surroundings. As you wake up in the morning, the sounds of wildlife and the birds become your alarm, and the sight of deer grazing in the backyard makes you feel grounded in the heart of the jungle. Learn more about the accommodation at Jamtara.
Once you feel relaxed and rejuvenated, indulge the nature enthusiast in you by closely witnessing the wilderness around you.
Witness the Stunning Wilderness Around You
When you’re at Jamtara, wildlife isn't limited to national parks; it's all around you. The camp's strategic location, right next to Pench National Park and away from crowds (as the only camp in the area), ensures minimal disturbance, allowing wildlife to move freely through the camp. Whether you prefer a walk or a bike ride, naturalists are available to accompany you, helping identify the local flora and fauna.
Don't forget to use your 'Jamtara Book' from your tent to jot down your observations. If you’re a jungle safari enthusiast, you can go for a safari in Pench National Park and fully experience the authentic vibes of the jungle. Learn more about the details of the safari.
As the sun sets here, prepare to celebrate the beautiful Star Bed experience.
Immerse Yourself in the Star Bed Experience
For Jamtara, wildlife conservation involves finding the delicate equilibrium between the well-being of animals, forests and local communities. Collaboration with the ancient tribes is essential, as they’re deeply connected to the land and have witnessed its transformation over time. For generations, villagers have spent nights on raised platforms called machans to guard against animals damaging their crops.
Jamtara offers you the chance to experience this unique nightly vigil that villagers undertake. The Star Bed concept at Jamtara is a unique offering. Sleeping under the night sky in the fields, you become part of the forest's distinct nocturnal life. This experience includes the live symphony of crickets, owls, frogs, jackals and the occasional alarm calls of spotted deer, signalling the presence of predators. It's wilderness in its purest form.
Whether you're inside your tent, observing the forest views, or outside, feeling the earth beneath your feet, the experience at Jamtara is a deep encounter with the untamed.
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