Photo Story: Village Walk in Sarrahirri, Madhya Pradesh

Earlier this year, in the month of June, Ankita and I decided to go for a quick walk to the neighbourhood village. Sarrahirri is a kilometre away from Pench Tree Lodge in Madhya Pradesh. The mornings were rather warm in Pench. So we decided that the earlier we left, the better it was. With open fields on…

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Photo Story: Sukhtara Haat, Madhya Pradesh

On a warm afternoon, we drove out in a jeep from Pench Tree Lodge towards a nearby village. Sukhtara is a small village in Madhya Pradesh, approximately 17 kilometres from the property. It is the spot for a weekly village market or haat. Residents from neighbouring villages/hamlets come and sell products here.  These range from food…

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My First Stay in a Tree House 

‘Please give us whatever food you have in your bags,’ said Amit Mukherjee, the manager of Pench Tree Lodge, with a smile on his face. After my long travel to Nagpur and then another 3-hour drive to Pench, I was evidently exhausted and didn’t question these instructions. These words, I understood, were good for my health and…

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My Top 12 Travel Moments From 2015

2015 has been an incredible year. From meeting some of my favourite writers to travelling surreal wonderlands, I really couldn’t have asked for anything better. It has been a steeper learning curve too. Some of the most important things I learnt was to say no to free work, developing a thick skin and accepting the…

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Photo Story: The Camera-Friendly Locals of Rancha, Madhya Pradesh

Somewhere in the heart of India, I realised that even the most introverted child loves the camera. It works as an ice-breaker and as a charming conversationalist. While staying at Kings Lodge in Bandhavgarh, we made a quick visit to Rancha. Barely a kilometre away from the rustic property, we entered the quiet and dusty village with not…

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8 Things I Learnt in Bandhavgarh

The 2.5-hour drive from Katni Railway Station to Kings Lodge in Bandhavgarh National Park was full of anticipation and excitement. It was the first time I was in Madhya Pradesh and the eagerness comes as a natural precursor to a new journey. I reached in the darkness of the night and my first impression of…

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